THE LEADER of the council says he "concerned" that the Spending Review due to be announced the Chancellor won't deal with the council's Covid-19 costs.

Brighton and Hove City Council leader Phelim Mac Cafferty said there needs to be a "complete rethink" of how funding is provided to local communities.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will unveil the government's spending plans for the coming year shortly.

The Spending Review will include details on public sector pay, and will also outline the extent of the damage done to the economy by the pandemic.

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Mr McCafferty said on Twitter: "I'm concerned today's spending review won't deal with councils costs after Covid-19 which has come on the back of an entire decade of Conservative government cuts, when public services have never been more needed.

"We don't just need emergency cash bungs, we need a complete rethink of how funding is provided to local communities, so they cannot only survive but thrive in the world beyond Covid-19.'

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