Is it going to be giveaways or propping up councils?

23 January 2024

Cast your mind back to January 2016: before Covid and even the Brexit referendum. So long ago, in fact, that Boris Johnson was still Mayor of London and Donald Trump was merely a reality TV star.

In January 2016, local government was feeling the pinch following austerity and 40 backbench Conservative MPs, rallied by the County Councils’ Network, wrote to the Government to call for the Local Government Finance Settlement to be reopened.

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Finance County Councils Network Finance Settlement General Election Michael Gove