Councils must be prepared for inevitable tough times ahead

15th January 2018

Local authorities must have robust financial plans to withstand the myriad of challenges in the forseeable future, says Rob Whiteman.

Shortly before Christmas last year, while many of us were already shunting along on the motorway, the government published its provisional finance settlement for next year.

And while this still needs to go through the House of Commons, the settlement echoes one of the themes of the chancellor’s Autumn Budget, that of allowing councils greater financial freedoms.

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