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LABOUR WILL IMPOSE TORY CAPPING LIMITS

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An incoming Labour administration would impose the Tory government's capping criteria despite having scope to raise...
An incoming Labour administration would impose the Tory government's capping criteria despite having scope to raise spending limits, shadow environment secretary Frank Dobson has confirmed.

Mr Dobson said on the BBC's Nine O'Clock News on Monday that the government's spending plans would remain even if Labour wins the general election.

'Councils are making their budgets at the moment and are entitled to know where they stand,' Mr Dobson said.

'I have made quite clear that whatever settlement the government forces through the House of Commons at the end of this month will apply for the coming year and that of course includes the capping limits the government has set.'

However, the capping criteria are not formally set until they are approved by Parliament, which civil servants have confirmed will happen after the election.

This would put Labour in the position of imposing caps, rather than simply maintaining caps set by the Conservative government.

Labour local government officer Howard Knight said there 'would be no opportunity' for a incoming environment secretary to revisit the settlement.

He said he was not aware of any Labour-controlled authority which was thinking of spending above its cap.

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