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OPINION - VIEWPOINTS

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Will Lyons be too late for the spending review?...
Will Lyons be too late for the spending review?

'The potential recommendations should already be on people's radar. Less debating time also mean fewer meetings - the practical alternative to work!'

Guy Holloway

Head of corporate development, Kettering BC

'Of course March is too late, but I doubt this is a mistake on the chancellor's part.'

Jan Britton

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.'

Christina Earls

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.'

Christopher Woodley

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'.'

Ian Russell

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.'

Sean Harriss

Executive director, strategy and resources, Oldham MBC

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