Local Government Finance

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 4:33 pm on 3rd February 2010.

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Photo of Gisela Stuart Gisela Stuart Labour, Birmingham, Edgbaston 4:33 pm, 3rd February 2010

My right hon. Friend mentions that councils are free to spend their money with fewer strings attached, but does he expect councils to take more responsibility? Does he have a view on Birmingham city council's inability to submit its accounts in such a way that the Audit Commission is able to sign them off? The council has had to waste £60,000 just to have the books re-audited to satisfy the Audit Commission.

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