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COUNTIES CLAIM SETTLEMENT ROBS HIGHWAYS OF£40M

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County councils in the South East have threatened to cut highway maintenance spending following what they say is 'o...
County councils in the South East have threatened to cut highway maintenance spending following what they say is 'one of the worst financial settlements in memory' from the government, the Survey reports (p11).

Six Tory-controlled counties say this month's settlement has robbed them of£40m.

Surrey leader Nick Skellet said the counties' priority was education, and confirmed that the government hd also told them to improve social services.

His comments came despite government moves to scotch fears that it would take money away from southern England by altering the area cost adjustment. This compensates councils there for higher staff costs, the Surveyor says.
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