How to make friends and influence central Government

Does the provisional finance settlement indicate an end to austerity? Will some councils lose out from the fair funding review? Dan Peters puts the crucial questions to local government minister Rishi Sunak

Local government minister Rishi Sunak is remarkably popular for a politician. Whitehall colleagues speak positively about his grasp of even the most complicated of topics that come under his brief and recount how he got a handle on local government finance within days of taking up the position a year ago.

A huge cheer greeted mention of his name in the House of Commons during the provisional local government finance settlement last month.

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