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We’ll slash vital services if Sunak withholds £4bn, England’s councils warn

As the chancellor prepares his public spending review, local authorities say help for elderly and rough sleepers is at risk

Councils across England are planning to slash funding for frontline services – including those for adult care and children – in response to a growing cash crisis.

As pressure grows on the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to rescue councils in this week’s public spending review, local authorities are forecast to overrun their budgets by more than a billion pounds this financial year. The Local Government Association (LGA) predicts a £4bn shortfall next year without governnment help.

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