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“Eric Pickles’ confrontational stance is becoming farcical and there can be no confidence he would fight our corner with the Treasury”

“Some local authorities, including the one I work for, will not be sustainable by 2018”

“The July finance settlement was deliberately opaque and misleading”

“The failure of central government to tackle the large areas of local government spend means ever increasing reductions falling on ever smaller areas of service”

“It’s only the strength of local partnerships and communities that give us a chance of coming through the next few years with a borough we can all still be proud of”

“Significant economic growth will be stifled because local government activities essential to support it are underresourced, eg planning”

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