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NEWCASTLE SET TO DEFY GOVERNMENT SPENDING LEVELS

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The government will resist Newcastle City Council plans to defy spending controls, local government minister David ...
The government will resist Newcastle City Council plans to defy spending controls, local government minister David Curry has warned, reports The Chronicle (p5).

Mr Curry declared: 'We have powers, and we will not hesitate to use them.'

Meanwhile, opposition Conservative councillors are planning to back Labour plans to break the spending ceiling to avoid cuts of £5m in education and social services, reports the paper.
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