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WELSH SECRETARY'S ANNOUNCEMENT ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT SPENDING

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'I propose to set total standard spending in Wales for 1996-97 at£2,867.3m. This figure includes£149.6m for care...
'I propose to set total standard spending in Wales for 1996-97 at £2,867.3m. This figure includes £149.6m for care in the community. It represents an increase of £85.2m, 3.1% on the comparable level of funding for 1995-96.

I propose to set central government support for total standard spending at £2,517.4m.

I shall announce provisional standard spending assessments and provisional capping principles for Welsh police authorities later this week. At the same time, I shall announce my proposals for aggregate external finance and for damping increases in council tax arising from the reorganisation of local government from 1 April 1996.

My department will shortly write to the Welsh local authority associations to consult them on my proposals for revenue support grant in 1996-97.

I shall announce provisional standard spending assessments and provisional capping principles for unitary authorities in mid December and my final decision early in the new year.
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