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At the end of his address to the Commons Environment Secretary John Gummer said he was today writing with the detai...
At the end of his address to the Commons Environment Secretary John Gummer said he was today writing with the details of the Settlement to every local authority in England.

This includes a consultation paper setting out how the government proposes to distribute central government support between authorities, including the proposals on SSAs and for damping SSA losses. It also gives details of the proposed council tax transitional relief scheme and sets out provisional capping criteria, and proposals for notional amounts.

'It also includes my consultation paper on how costs arising from local government restructuring should be met,' said Mr Gummer.

'The proposals I have outlined today represent a balanced and reasonable response to the conflict between the pressure to provide ever more resources for local government and the need to reduce the public spending gap. They provide for a 2.3% increase in local authority spending.

'They incorporate major improvements in the way the available resources are allocated, while protecting people in those authorities which stand to lose most from the results of the incorporation of 1991 Census data and the SSA review.

'They would allow council taxes next year to be set at reasonable levels, maintaining a substantial measure of transitional relief, and offering protection from excessive bills. And they represent a package which the country as a whole can afford.'

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