Finally. A three-year Spending Review. After the self-inflicted shock of Brexit, and the global shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, understandably led the Government to implement two consecutive one-year Spending Reviews and finance settlements, we’re moving back to multi-year spending plans. This is something councils have been calling for. But it’s unlikely to bring funding certainty, especially at the level of individual councils. Instead, it’s an opportunity to bring some much-needed clarity to the Government’s approach to local government funding for the next three years and beyond. And sometimes clarity is more useful than certainty.

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