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SOUTH EAST HITS BACK AT NEW SSA REFORMS

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Councils in south-east England are criticising government proposals to reform the standard spending assessment. ...
Councils in south-east England are criticising government proposals to reform the standard spending assessment.

Local government minister Nick Raynsford promised that a new formula grant distribution system will replace the standard spending assessment in 2003/4 and there are five options for the future calculation of the area cost adjustment.

A statement from the South East England Regional Assembly, which is writing to Mr Raynsford, said: 'Any of the proposed changes to the way the government funds public services in England will put the quality of the services in the south-east in further danger.'

Surrey CC leader Nick Skellett (Con) said each option would mean less cash for the south-east.

He added: 'Unless local government, health, police and others delivering vital services in high wage areas are funded so they can compete effectively for skills in the labour market, they will fail

to recruit and retain staff in increasing numbers.'

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