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LONDON COUNCILS TO LOSE FURTHER£200M AS COUNCIL TAX INCREASES

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London's councils are set to lose at least£200m as a result of John Gummer's announcement today on local governmen...
London's councils are set to lose at least £200m as a result of John Gummer's announcement today on local government funding, says the ALA.

This comes on top of the £600m spending gap which opened up following Tuesday's budget. The impact of the losses on council tax will be cushioned in election year, with Wandsworth gaining most help.

Nonetheless, the government are planning for at least a 7% council tax increase nationally next April. Hammersmith and Haringey will be amongst the worst hit.

London loses out because the government is taking money away from schools which educate children from ethnic minorities whose first language is not English and money for the capital's social problems is being slashed, says the association.
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