Local Government Financing

Part of Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 8:12 pm on 29th June 2010.

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Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods Labour, City of Durham 8:12 pm, 29th June 2010

It is because the hon. Gentleman's Government have cut the area-based grant and additional services that the cuts have to fall in the ways that I am describing. It would have been much more sensible not to have- [ Interruption. ] Is the hon. Gentleman going to listen to my answer or not? What I am saying to him is that if we did not have these additional cuts in-year and if there had been a proper programme of consultation, it might have been possible- [ Interruption. ] Will the hon. Gentleman let me finish? It might have been possible to identify other cuts that would not have had such a direct impact on front-line services. The way in which his Government have made these cuts has led to the attack on front-line services.

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