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News Lead Story: Issue 224 1 Nov 2010

Local authority grants to fall by 28%

Comprehensive Spending Review makes tough reading for councils

Mark Moran

Local authorities are facing an average reduction in spending of 28% over four years as a result of chancellor George Osborne’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), unveiled on 20 October.

Overall revenue funding from Whitehall will reduce by 28% in real terms including funding for police and fire authorities from £28.5bn this year to £22.9bn in 2014/15.

The cut is higher than the 25% reduction long assumed by senior officers at the Association of Directors for Environment,...

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