Election timetable means councils face race against time

By Mark Conrad | 03 May 2024

Councils’ next finance settlement may have to be announced before a Spending Review amid ‘extremely accelerated’ demands after the General Election, experts have warned.

A report by the Institute for Government (IfG) think-tank said the likely General Election in autumn or winter this year meant councils faced a race against time to agree their budgets for 2025-26.

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