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Rate Support Grant (England)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:40 pm on 26th July 1983.

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Photo of Mr Roy Jenkins Mr Roy Jenkins , Glasgow Hillhead 5:40 pm, 26th July 1983

I admire the right hon. Gentleman's homework, but he is making extremely heavy weather of the simple fact that when councils saw what was proposed for their rate support grant they decided to change their budgets. They spent less, so the amount of holdback penalty that they suffered was correspondingly less. I should have thought that the right hon. Gentleman would have applauded a Government who were prepared to recognise that and to reduce the holdback.