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Council leaders have accused the government of imposing some £1bn of cuts by stealth, leaving town halls dealing with an even bigger reduction in income than they had been braced for. The spending settlement of 2010, which covers most of this parliament, saw local government take a steep cut of 28 per cent to their main grant over a four-year period. The latest phase of these reductions will be announced in mid-December by the Treasury, just days after George Osborne’s Autumn Statement. Financial Times