Communities Secretary Eric Pickles prompted warnings of further reductions in services when he announced this month that English councils would have their spending power reduced by 1.7% next year.
Mr Pickles claimed the settlement represented a "bargain" for local authorities, adding that the Government would offer support for the third year so that council taxes could be frozen.
More top news
William and Kate were forced to change some of their programme when forecast torrential rain swamped the rural settlement of Bella Bella.
The Hollywood actor popped over to say hello when he saw the happy couple posing for pictures in New York's Central Park.
Half of those killed or maimed in the last 72 hours of intense bombardments in Aleppo have been children.