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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 16th July 2013.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt The Secretary of State for Health 11:30 am, 16th July 2013

I hope that I can reassure the hon. Lady, because the conditions for accessing that £3.8 billion fund are absolutely clear. Local authorities will not be able to access it unless they can promise to maintain services at their current levels. They are allowed to make financial efficiencies, as is the NHS, and everyone needs to look at that, but not if it means a deterioration in services.