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LIB DEMS: COMPREHENSIVE SPENDING REVIEW MAY SPELL FINANCIAL MISERY FOR COUNCILS

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Liberal Democrat local government team leader Paul Burstow has expressed concern that the government's comprehensiv...
Liberal Democrat local government team leader Paul Burstow has expressed concern that the government's comprehensive spending review, due out later this month, could signal a freeze in central government grants to local government in areas other than education.

He said: 'It seems the comprehensive spending review will recommend increased funding for education and health. We welcome this but are concerned at the implications for other areas of local government expenditure.

'The Local Government Association suggests that inflation, demographic growth and new government policies will cost local councils£3.2bn next year. If central government freezes council's budgets, essential services such as libraries, environmental health and consumer protection will all suffer.'

Mr Burstow intends to continue campaigning for a better deal for local government.

He said: 'The government repeatedly talk about the need for democratic renewal of local government. But they are more interested in city mayors and cabinet structures than tackling the issues that really count - properly funded local services.'
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