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December 2011

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Former Ealing LBC chief executive Darra Singh said there was “no one conclusion” to draw from his inquiry into the August riots, and that motivations differed from area to area. He said that up to 15,000 males had been involved, predominantly aged 18 to 24, but no single group was to blame.

Ministers closed the year by outlining the next stage in the journey towards greater devolution for England’s largest regional cities, proposing bespoke deals with the opportunity to bid for greater powers. Elected mayors were part of the mix, but the additional powers were not conditional on the adoption of such a model in next year’s referendums.

The LGA warned that the money the Treasury was planning to claw back from councils would increase steadily over the next five years. Its executive was told that a 0.9% cut would be made in 2015-16 and 2016-17, which would potentially be of greater significance than cuts councils face in the current spending review period.

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