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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:13 pm on 21st March 2019.

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Photo of Huw Merriman Huw Merriman Conservative, Bexhill and Battle 1:13 pm, 21st March 2019

I think that we all face a real challenge. At a time when local authorities are themselves having to watch their budgets, it is the altruistic services—the support services—that tend to go. The challenge I face is that as authorities look just at their statutory obligations, they may end up spending more money to deliver those than they spent on some of the support services beforehand. I have every sympathy with the point that the hon. Lady has made.