Speaking at a Commons press conference on the launch of the Local Government Information Unit's report 'The Grant Gap', he said: 'The present SSA system is both bent and flawed. Its credibility has been undermined by serious methodological problems, and by blatant political manipulation by ministers. It is also now having to do a job for which it was never designed - establishing capping levels fro each authority.
'This LGIU report shows how unfair is the system. So brazen is the way ministers have used it to help their friends like Westminister, and to stack the deck against Labour authorities, that these days they answer to charges of bias only with a cynical smirk.
'But this is public money. The public have a right to know why labour council councils, for example, only received a 2.2% increase in grant, whilst Tory counties go 3.7% and why there is no recognition for long term unemployment within the system.