A look at local government news in today's press.
Today's editorials continue to focus on the chancellor's pre-budget report and comprehensive spending review.
The Daily Telegraph asserts that the Labour government has a "blind spot" when it comes to small businesses. The paper claims it is small wonder that the Federation of Small Businesses described the chancellor's first pre-budget report as disappointing.
The Times warns that the British taxpayer is propping up an ever larger state.
On an investigation into three hospitals in Kent by the Healthcare Commission The Independent states "Horrific state of hospitals blamed for lethal bug outbreak which killed 345".
The Independent emphasises that elderly people deserve a far better deal from the state. The paper insists that state resources must be directed to where they can have the greatest impact on wellbeing.
Meanwhile, the Daily Express calls upon its readers to join its new crusade to care for the frail and old.
Elsewhere, the Daily Mail exclaims that as its campaign Dignity for the Elderly campaign regularly reminds readers, older people in Britain are increasingly becoming a pariah class.
The Daily Telegraph "Families 'must pay an extra£2,600 a year tax'" and The Guardian "Darling faces growing black hole, says IFS" discuss a review of the pre-budget report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
The Guardian "Sir John Bourn, guardian of the public purse" reveals the expenses of England's chief investigator into government expenditure.
The Independent "Consumers in danger of being misled by price comparison sites" details research by the Resolution Foundation.