Local Government Finance

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 6:05 pm on 3rd February 2010.

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Photo of Adrian Bailey Adrian Bailey Labour, West Bromwich West 6:05 pm, 3rd February 2010

I was chair of finance at Sandwell metropolitan council during those years. I reiterate my hon. Friend's point. After one settlement, we would start planning for the projected round of cuts in the next settlement. That continued for four or five years, and we ended up with large council tax increases combined with a slashing of public services to keep within the Conservative Government's revenue support grant.

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