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LOCAL AUTHORITY SPENDING 1994/5 LIMITED TO 2.3% SAYS CHANCELLOR

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In his budget speech this afternoon Chancellor Kenneth Clarke said that for local authorities growth in total stan...
In his budget speech this afternoon Chancellor Kenneth Clarke said that for local authorities growth in total standard spending in England, adjusted for changes in responsibilities, will be limited to 2.3% next year.

'There will in addition be extra provision for community care. The Government will continue to use its powers to cap excessive spending by local authorities where that is necessary to protect the local taxpayer.'

On housing Mr Clarke said savings have been made on last year's plans. 'Nevertheless, the new plans for social housing provide for more than 153,000 new homes over the three years to 1994-95, fully meeting our Manifesto commitment. In addition, the Government will press ahead with plans to improve value for money in the housing association sector and to introduce more private finance into the development of social housing.'
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