Local Government Financing

Part of Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 3:43 pm on 29th June 2010.

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Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid Conservative, Bromsgrove 3:43 pm, 29th June 2010

I thank the right hon. Gentleman for giving way. Why does he treat Members as if they are fools? If he wants the truth, it is that his Labour Government's funding formula was based on petty party politics and had absolutely nothing to do with the needs of individuals. If we want to use examples, the schoolchildren in my constituency of Bromsgrove get £900 less per annum than those in neighbouring Birmingham. The reason for that is very simple: over the past 13 years areas where there are Labour voters got far more money, and the truth is that what we are doing is, in this terrible economic climate, restoring some fairness back into the system.

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