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WELSH COUNCILS GET£3BN AND MORE FOR DEPRIVATION AND HITTING TARGETS

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Welsh finance minister Edwina Hart has announced a general revenue grant of over£3bn for councils in Wales....
Welsh finance minister Edwina Hart has announced a general revenue grant of over£3bn for councils in Wales.

The increased grant will mean an average increase of£175m per council in basic grant support to support front-line services.

Councils that meet targets on education, social services, transport and the environment will share an extra£30m, while£20m is to be set aside for a new deprivation grant.

The total increase in funding will average 8%, said Mrs Hart.

However, the Welsh Local Government Association said that councils with below-average settlements would struggle.

'In particular, Blaenau Gwent, an authority with significant areas of deprivation, has received additional resources for 2003-04 of just 4.7%, making additional investment in public services where it is most needed very difficult,' said a WLGA spokesman.

A spokesman for Cardiff CC said its settlement of 5.9% was partly based on census figures showing a population decline.

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