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Local Government Finances

Part of Opposition Day — [1st allotted day] – in the House of Commons at 8:28 pm on 8th December 2009.

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Photo of Julia Goldsworthy Julia Goldsworthy Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 8:28 pm, 8th December 2009

I will welcome it if I hear from my council that all its additional costs will be covered, but previous experience makes its cynicism understandable.

It is not clear to me from the Conservative motion and the comments of the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst what the causes of the problems are. Are they simply a consequence of Government policy, or are they fundamental problems inherent in the structure of the local government finance system created under the Conservative Administration?

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