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Suffolk: D-Day for councils’ future plans as Pickles reveals finance details

06:00 19 December 2012

Jane Storey

Jane Storey

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COUNCILS across the country should today know more about how much the government is going to hit their spending over the next two years.

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The local government settlement is due to be announced by Secretary of State Eric Pickles today.

It will confirm what the government will pay to local authorities next year, 2013/14, and give the first indication of what they can expect to receive the following year.

The Chancellor’s autumn statement earlier this month heralded a cut in government support for local authorities across the country by 2% from April 2014.

Suffolk County Council deputy leader Jane Storey said she was not expecting more than “a few tweaks” to next year’s settlement which was announced last December.

She said: “We fear things will quite challenging for the following year, and I am expecting to hear from (Head of Strategic Finance) Geoff Dobson once we know what the situation is.

“It is looking as if 2014/15 will be rather challenging – there will be a 2% reduction in what the government has to distribute. How that affects individual councils will then become clear.”

The council has already started the budget-setting process for next year. Final details are due to be discussed by the cabinet in January and to be set by the full council the following month.

A few days later the county’s districts and boroughs are due to set their council tax rates ready for bills to be sent out to households.

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  • It now looks as though Mr Pickles has given local councils another kicking in terms of cuts which will mean local services will be hardest hit again. This won't mean anything to Tory politicians, local or national, because if you're rich enough to buy the services you need it's not a problem.

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