'The potential recommendations should already be on people's radar. Less debating time also mean fewer meetings - the practical alternative to work!'
'Of course March is too late, but I doubt this is a mistake on the chancellor's part.'
Head of environment services, Sandwell MBC
'Whatever the date, the question is will Lyons be taken seriously by the government? Unfortunately the distraction of the leadership 'contest' may allow them to ignore unpopular outcomes.'
Head of strategy, business management and governance, Department for Work & Pensions
'I don't think there will be much to debate. Sir Michael has hinted that, on the substantive issues, our colleagues at the Treasury have already indicated what they would like to see.'
Head of policy & partnerships, Gravesham BC
'The message is already well trailed by the Treasury and the local government minister that the spending review will be 'challenging' for local government. Perhaps substitute 'very painful'.'
Director of development, environment and technical services, Swale BC
'The real issue is not whether it is too late but whether the government will implement those aspects that promise greatest devolution.'
Executive director, strategy and resources, Oldham MBC