Is it going to be giveaways or propping up councils?

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has asked Treasury staff to scout for potential cash for local government, and he received news of a fiscal windfall this week. Could that mean a boost to the settlement, asks Heather Jameson.

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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