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PARTIES CRITICISE CAPPING MUDDLE

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MPs from all three parties have attacked the government for failing to clear up confusion about its capping criteri...
MPs from all three parties have attacked the government for failing to clear up confusion about its capping criteria for this year.

Consultation on last month's local government finance settlement finished on Wednesday, 72 councils having met ministers over their proposed settlements.

Conservative MP Andrew Lansley said the absence of pre-signalling of capping criteria left the system 'utterly opaque'.

Labour MP Lindsay Hoyle said the lack of information 'is not helpful to local government'.

Liberal Democrat MP Evan Harris said: 'By not publishing in advance the capping criteria, not only is there still universal capping, but there is now random universal capping.'

But local government minister Hilary Armstrong said: 'The previous administration meant central government determined everything; that gave local authorities little accountability to their people.'

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