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TAX RISES FAIL TO STAVE OFF CUTS

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Big council tax rises have not prevented significant cuts in local services, according to a Liberal Democrat survey...
Big council tax rises have not prevented significant cuts in local services, according to a Liberal Democrat survey of around a quarter of English and Welsh councils.

The survey, published by the party's group on the Local Government Association, confirmed that the 1998 revenue support grant settlement hit counties the hardest.

All the counties and unitaries responding to the survey are spending up to cap, as are three-quarters of the metropolitan boroughs and districts.

Many councils expect to make cuts in statutory services this year, ranging from 59% of counties and 50% of mets to 15% of districts.

Cuts are being made by all the counties and unitaries and half the districts, despite average council tax rises of 9%.
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