Summary

• The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will announce the outcome of his Spending Review setting out departmental spending for 2015-16 on 26 June.

• He he has announced that half of the departments have settled early including the Department for Communities and Local Government (though not covering local government funding) representing a third of the overall savings being sought.

• The Institute for Fiscal Studies says that local government could face cuts up to 12%. While the prospects for significant decentralisation of additional funding through the Single Local Growth Fund and Community Budgets looks slim.

• This briefing will be of interest to all executive members, cabinet portfolio members and senior officers at all tiers of local government.

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