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GOVERNMENT TO IGNORE CONFERENCE CAPPING DEFEAT - FOR NOW

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The Conservative party conference yesterday supported a motion to abolish council tax capping, but the government l...
The Conservative party conference yesterday supported a motion to abolish council tax capping, but the government looks set to ignore the vote.

The Daily Mail lead story tells of a 'historic grass roots defeat' of the Tory leadership. But The Daily Telegraph (p6) reports that local government minister David Curry, said after his conference speech 'capping is not going to be abolished in this spending round.'

And The Guardian reports (p6) that Mr Curry said last night that the conference decision was part of a continuing debate on the issue.

'We are very concerned about public expenditure, and increases in council tax do of course count against public expenditure. What is more they trigger various other government spending programmes. It is clearly a message but not a surprising message,' he said.
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