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TORIES WILL NOT SCRAP CAPPING

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Chief secretary to the Treasury William Waldegrave has ruled out any possibility the government will scrap capping ...
Chief secretary to the Treasury William Waldegrave has ruled out any possibility the government will scrap capping before the start of the next financial year.

Ministers are sticking to capping despite delegates at this week's Tory party conference voting overwhelmingly in favour of abolishing it.

Mr Waldegrave told LGC he acknowledged the debate going on within his party over the issue, but spending restrictions would remain.

'It would be a bit rash to take a risk in this area just at the moment,' he said.

With the number of people who vote at council elections and the number who pay council tax low, Mr Waldegrave said there was not sufficient fear among the population of local authority spending rising.

He said the government could not take a risk with public spending because interest rates were likely to rise as a result. 'That means the cost of mortgages going up, which means the economy slowing down. I don't want to take that risk just at the moment.'

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