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LGA MAKES FINAL BID FOR£5BN CASH BOOST

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The Local Government Association is pressing ministers for an extra£5bn in capital funding for the modernisation o...
The Local Government Association is pressing ministers for an extra£5bn in capital funding for the modernisation of local services as part of the final lobbying round for this year's spending review.

The amount includes£600m for

transport,£1.2bn for education, almost£1bn for crime prevention,£1.7bn for social services and£1.6bn for the

environment.

The submissions are on top of an

estimated shortfall of£18.7bn in revenue that councils say is needed to fund local services.

Chancellor Gordon Brown announced an extra£360m for personal social services in the March budget, but took an estimated£280m away in higher employers' national insurance contributions.

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