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WELSH FACE CAPITAL CUTS OF£21M

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Welsh councils have been told that capital spending next year will be cut by£21 million, with a 4% real terms redu...
Welsh councils have been told that capital spending next year will be cut by£21 million, with a 4% real terms reduction over the next three years.

Steve Dunster, head of finance at the Welsh Local Government Association, said the reduction, a reflection of the government's commitment to the private finance initiative and the fact that capital provision in Wales had been much higher than in England, was going to cause problems.

Welsh local government minister Jon Owen Jones attributed the reduction next year from£425.7m to£404m to changes in the housing improvement system in Wales.

Clive Bettinson, chair of finance at Cardiff CC, warned the cut 'in some areas will put DLOs under severe pressure'.
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