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LABOUR PROMISES TO CONSULT ON WELSH COUNCIL FUNDING

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Labour has promised that consultation on a new funding formula for Welsh local government will go ahead despite ove...
Labour has promised that consultation on a new funding formula for Welsh local government will go ahead despite overturning an amended motion calling for the national assembly to consider it, reports The Western Mail (p2).

Defeated on a series of amendments tabled by opposition parties, Labour, together with some Conservative support, managed to defeat the revised motion.

The proposed new funding system drew criticism from all parties during the national assembly debate. But it was defended by local government secretary Peter Law, who described it as 'a fine piece of work'.

'I'm disappointed that some have been so negative. If we reject this formula then we need to have proposals for an alternative,' he said.

Opposition parties welcomed the strengthened emphasis on social deprivation, and that fact that there would be transitional help to offset the impact of the changes, but there were predictions that not all councils would be happy.

There were claims that the higher costs of providing services in rural areas had not adequately been taken into account, resulting in the weighting in the formula given to sparsity falling from 8% to 6%.

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