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MIDLOTHIAN TO TAKE FORSYTH TO COURT OVER GRANT FORMULA

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The Scotsman (p1) carries an exclusive report that Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth is to be taken to court over ...
The Scotsman (p1) carries an exclusive report that Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth is to be taken to court over Midlothian council's claim that his grant formula is flawed and will cost its council taxpayers£2.3m.

If Midlothian's decision to seek a judicial review of the grant system is successful the funding allocated by Mr Forsyth for 1997-8 would need to be re-allocated and Glasgow city council would lose more than£20m.

The paper also says that Midlothian's action is likely to cause internal divisions in COSLA, which has agreed that the grant allocation, though flawed, should not be changed at the moment.

Midlothian council leader George Purcell told the paper that it was 'quite frankly absurd' that Mr Forsyth should allow the grant distribution to go ahead based on a formula that was clearly flawed.

He said rules required the formula to be either removed or reviewed.
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