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LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE (HANSARD)

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Doug Hoyle, the Labour MP for Warrington North, asked the secretary of state for the environment what representatio...
Doug Hoyle, the Labour MP for Warrington North, asked the secretary of state for the environment what representations he had received from the local authority associations regarding the 1997 revenue support grant settlement (OA 17 Dec col 738).

Local government minister David Curry replied that he had received none, as yet, to which Hoyle responded:

'Does the minister agree that his government give with one hand and take with the other? For the penny reduction in income tax, the public will have to pay at least 2p in council tax'.

Curry replied: 'The honorary gentleman is clearly subject to some arithmetic confusion. The government have reduced income tax. Council taxes will rise somewhat because we have always felt that it is sensible to return some financial autonomy to local government.

'That is what local authorities keep telling me that they want'.
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