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AMA WARNS OF CUTS IN FRONT LINE SERVICES AFTER RSG REDUCTION

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Next year's Revenue Support Grant settlement is the toughest ever - imposing a cash cut on local government. It al...
Next year's Revenue Support Grant settlement is the toughest ever - imposing a cash cut on local government. It also confirms that local government services are being forced to bear the brunt of the government's desire to cut public spending, says the Association of Metropolitan Authorities.

AMA chairman Cllr Jeremy Beecham said: 'The level of grant is not enough to maintain existing services and the capping criteria mean that councils can't raise council taxes to make up the shortfall.

'There will have to be massive cuts in front line services, especially non-statutory ones like home helps and meals on wheels. This will mean more hardship for the most vulnerable people in society - especially the old, infirm and children who rely most heavily on council services,' he added.

Mr Beecham said the level of RSG and the tighter cap mean that councils have virtually no say over what money they raise or spend. They can only decide what to cut, he added.
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