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KEN DEMANDS CONTROL OVER LONDON VOLUNTARY CASH

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London mayor Ken Livingstone has urged the government to give him control of the capital's grants to voluntary grou...
London mayor Ken Livingstone has urged the government to give him control of the capital's grants to voluntary groups, removing boroughs from this role.

This is the latest move in the escalating war between Mr Livingstone (Lab) and boroughs over where power should lie.

The mayor asked communities and local government secretary Ruth Kelly to give him responsibility 'to protect London-wide grants now under threat from cuts'.

He claimed that some 400 voluntary groups would face a 33% grant cut, and that elements in London Councils, formerly the Association of London Government, wanted to end the London-wide grants scheme and replace it with individual borough allocations.

'Such plans would, by definition, almost certainly mean that poorer areas lose vital funding and services,' he said.

A London Councils spokesman said no priorities will be agreed until November.

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