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STRAW ATTACK ON STANDARD SPENDING ASSESSMENT SYSTEM

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Shadow environment secretary Jack Straw's claim that ministers 'outrageously rigged' the distribution of SSA has le...
Shadow environment secretary Jack Straw's claim that ministers 'outrageously rigged' the distribution of SSA has led to a furious row between the political parties, reports The Guardian (p6).

Mr Straw committed a Labour government to replace the system with an independent grant allocation commission which would make recommendations to ministers.

He said that 'grant rigging' was the reason why councils such as Westminster could spend so much yet raise such a low council tax compared with authorities such as Liverpool.

His claims were 'repudiated absolutely' by local government minister David Curry along with Westminster council deputy leader Simon Milton, the paper reports.
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