Local Government Finance

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 5:39 pm on 3rd February 2010.

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Photo of David Heath David Heath Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 5:39 pm, 3rd February 2010

I am very worried about one of the two district councils in my constituency, Mendip district council. South Somerset is happily well-run and has shown that it is very good at running its resources. Mendip district council has, over the years, massively cut its services and then massively increased both council tax and charges. It is now considered by the Audit Commission to be one of the worst-run councils in the country. I am not sure that it could survive that sort of impact. The problem is, of course, that the one-time leader of Mendip district council, Councillor Ken Maddock, is now leader of Somerset county council, which has hitherto been a top-rated authority. I am worried not only that Mendip will go down the pan but that Somerset county council will deteriorate.

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