Gaming the Cuts: Local government in 2018

Local government in England has borne the brunt of public spending cuts – and it has coped relatively well so far. With further cuts expected, what will local government look like after the next spending review? More urgently, what decisions do councils need to make today to deliver the savings needed in future? This report from think tank NLGN reports the results of a budget 'war gaming' exercise carried out with senior local government officers. The report highlights that 'more of the same' will not be enough. Local government needs to refocus on managing demand for services and pursue good growth as well as savings.