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COUNCILS HAVE TO CUT JOBS TO KEEP WITHIN 2.3% LIMIT

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Councils are likely to have to shed thousands of jobs and run down or end services because of the budget says the I...
Councils are likely to have to shed thousands of jobs and run down or end services because of the budget says the Independent (p8).

It reports the 2.3% total standard spending rise for next year which it says is slightly above the 2% rise many experts expected but below the 5.2% ministers had privately told the Tresury was needed to protect services.

The Treasury, in explaining how the budget adds up cited £860 million as the amount taken away from local government but this includes figures for programmes no longer under local authority control.

Shadow environment secretary Jack Straw is reported as saying the budget means local authority spending has been cut in cash terms by 1.2%.
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