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COUNTY URGES GOVERNMENT TO ACCEPT AREA COST SCHEME CHANGES

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Cambridgeshire CC has today welcomed the independent report commissioned by the government into the Area Cost Adjus...
Cambridgeshire CC has today welcomed the independent report commissioned by the government into the Area Cost Adjustment, which recommends the county should receive an extra £10m each year.

And it is calling on the government to accept the report and implement its recommendations in time for next year's budget settlement.

The independent committee was set up by the government earlier this year to examine the system that currently provides additional cash to south-eastern counties, but not to Cambridgeshire.

Last week it announced its recommendations which would scrap the present system and re-allocate the cash around the country.

Liberal Democrat leader Peter Lee said: 'A committee that is totally independent of both government and local authorities has examined the present system and said it's wrong. The status quo is no longer an option and we must now urge the government to accept the recommendations and give a fairer deal to the people of Cambridgeshire.'

Conservative leader John Horrell said: 'I have long campaigned to change the Area Cost Adjustment system. It is unfair to our schools and other services in Cambridgeshire.'

Labour leader Janet Jones said: 'The debate about the unfairness of the Area Cost Adjustment system has been raging for many years now. At last we have independent evidence that Cambridgeshire gets a raw deal and we must urge the government to accept the recommendations in time for next year's cash settlement.'

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