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MINISTERS ACCUSED OF IGNORING WARNINGS OF GLASGOW BUDGET CRISIS

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As Glasgow City Council ponders a massive budget crisis, a leading expert has accused the government of failing to ...
As Glasgow City Council ponders a massive budget crisis, a leading expert has accused the government of failing to recognise warnings given two months ago.

Professor Arthur Midwinter of the department of government at Strathclyde University tells The Scotsman (p4): 'The chickens are coming home to roost. My impression is that ministers thought councils were engaged in shadow boxing and were not aware of how serious the position was.'

He says that various factors outside the control of Glasgow had led to the present crisis, including the city's share of the £30m savings that councils are required to make as a result of reorganisation, the effect of the disaggregation 'mismatch', capping figures, and decisions by outgoing authorities to use up balances to keep council tax increases down in previous years.
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