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Tory council leader warns of 'large cuts and difficult choices' after 'dismal' funding announcement

The leader of Conservative-controlled Essex County Council has warned of big cuts and difficult choices after the government announced its funding settlement for local authorities across the country.

Cllr David Finch called the announcement 'more dismal than expected.'

Across the Anglia region, councils face a reduction in their spending power of £153 million.

The leader of Essex County Council David Finch is warning of more cuts in the county. Credit: PA / Essex County Council

“The settlement is even more dismal than expected. We are going to be around £50m worse off in grant cuts. This is going to be incredibly tough on Essex residents, and will mean difficult decisions ahead for the Council.

“It is particularly disappointing that not only is the Government cutting spending, but it has also looked to redistribute grants away from councils like Essex, despite us facing some of the biggest challenges affecting the most vulnerable in society such as Social Care provision.

– Cllr David Finch, Leader, Essex County Council

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