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CURRY'S COMPETITION FOR 'GROTTY' ESTATES CONDEMNED BY VAZ

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The government are 'trying to target the worst council estates in the country, the most grotty, inner-city difficul...
The government are 'trying to target the worst council estates in the country, the most grotty, inner-city difficult council estates,' local government minister David Curry tells the Evening Standard, commenting on his announcement today of £180m allocations under the renewal challenge fund (p18).

But, reports the paper, Labour's planning and regeneration spokesman Keith Vaz condemned the way local authorities were forced to fight each other for funds.

'London has lost out over the last 17 years because of the absurd competitive element which the government has introduced to what are basic funding needs. You cannot put London boroughs in competition with each other for diminishing funds,' he said.
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