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MISERLY GRANT RISE EXPECTED

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The government will approve an increase in council spending of less than 2% next year, local government's chief gra...
The government will approve an increase in council spending of less than 2% next year, local government's chief grant negotiator Peter Martin predicted this week. Mr Martin, who is Kent CC director of finance, on Tuesday told the Association of County Councils conference that standard spending assessments, the government benchmarks for council expenditure, were likely to increase by 0%- 3.5%.

'I think we will be lucky if we get as much as 2%', he told LGC. Mr Martin said massive redistributions of grant necessary because of the inclusion of 1991 census data in SSAs could not be wholly offset by 'damping' mechanisms favoured by anxious ministers.

In particular London councils would have lost 3.4% of their SSAs, £243 million, this year if the new data had been included. Metropolitan councils would have lost 0.5% - £45m - while county SSAs would have risen by 0.7%, £118m. The biggest winners are likely to be shire districts which would have seen a 6.1%, or £170m, addition to their SSAs.

The government will announce revenue support grant in the first week of December.
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