Last week’s Spending Review confirmed what most councils already knew. Public spending is being transformed and with it local government. Despite all the excitement about an additional £27bn windfall being spent on tax credits and policing, this was still a budget designed to cut spending and achieve a surplus. But as more detail emerges of both budget cuts and changes, it’s becoming increasingly evident that the changes in funding and responsibilities will require local government to revolutionise the way it operates in the years ahead.
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