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LIVINGSTONE FIGHTS FOR URBAN FUNDS

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Independent London mayor candidate Ken Livingstone has promised to fight government proposals that would mean some ...
Independent London mayor candidate Ken Livingstone has promised to fight government proposals that would mean some London boroughs losing out on regeneration funds.

The boroughs are furious that a proposed new index of local deprivation will benefit rural areas at the expense of urban councils (LGC, 14 January).

The changes would mean six London boroughs falling out of the top 20 most deprived areas in England, reducing the amount of funding they can receive.

In his election manifesto, launched this week, Mr Livingstone attacks the government for not publishing the data to justify its revisions to the index.

He says if he wins the mayoral contest he will commission research to make the case for the capital and seek a meeting with ministers to ask for an explanation of their deprivation index proposals. Mr Livingstone said he would 'work closely with London's councils and businesses to win this vital argument'.
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