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HAGUE TO HEAR OF CASH SHORTFALL

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Welsh councils will tell secretary of state William Hague next week they need an extra£12.3% funding in 1997-98 on...
Welsh councils will tell secretary of state William Hague next week they need an extra £12.3% funding in 1997-98 on top of this year's £2.4 billion.

Steve Dunster, assistant secretary of the Welsh Local Government Association, said members had decided not to prioritise their spending needs in the style of their English counterparts.

'We are now suffering from the cumulative effects of the failure to provide increases in previous years. The government should recognise that this is the shortfall which needs to be made up over a period of time,' said Mr Dunster.

The meeting with Mr Hague on Monday will be the first of the regular consultative council meetings since the Welsh LGA called off its boycott of ministerial contacts in July.

The local authority side is expected to lobby for a repeat of the last-minute £15 million grant from outside aggregate external finance awarded in the current year.
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