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LONDON COUNCILS NEED EXTRA£250M - ALA

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The government will need to increase funding to London's councils by£250m next year to prevent a deterioration in ...
The government will need to increase funding to London's councils by £250m next year to prevent a deterioration in services, according to the Association of London Authorities.

A request for more money is to be made directly to environment secretary John Gummer at today's meeting of the Consultative Council for Local Government Finance.

The Association's analysis is that education spending must be raised by £67.5m to meet increasing demands, £80m more is needed for social services, including resources to meet government guidelines on improving care for the mentally ill and £45m is required to meet the increasing cost of rent allowances because of the fast rising level of private sector rents.

ALA chair Toby Harris said: 'The government must take responsibility for its own actions. Many of the reasons why local government needs more money can be attributed to central government policy'.

Mr Harris concluded that 'the government now has an opportunity to listen to the capital's concerns and to pledge enough funds to protect Londoners' vital services'.
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