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SCOTS FUNDS PROVOKE ROW

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Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth has announced£5.3 billion of government support for council services in 1996- 9...
Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth has announced £5.3 billion of government support for council services in 1996- 97.

Mr Forsyth said the figure represented a 2.6% increase, after adjustments, on 1995-96.

'Provided councils maintain the current spending levels, there will be scope in many areas for reductions in tax levels directly as a result of reorganisation,' he said.

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities said the details of each council's allocation confirmed its bleak predictions for 1996-97.

COSLA senior vice-president Keith Geddes said it would be difficult for new councils to match the level of service provided by their predecessors.
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