Magazine article Public Finance

We're Truly Local Now, Says Cameron

Magazine article Public Finance

We're Truly Local Now, Says Cameron

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Conservative leader David Cameron told councillors that the Tories were the true localist party - but declined to commit to a reform of town hall finance.

Speaking at the Local Government Association conference in Bournemouth on July 3, Cameron insisted the party had changed and was open to more local decision-making.

'The Conservative Party is now a localist party. . . and I really mean it this time,' he said. 'The party has changed. .. I think the reason we became so centralising in the 1980s was because of the challenges of the very hard Left Labour councils. That Labour party doesn't exist any more.'

Answering questions from the audience, Cameron would not be drawn on specific changes to local government finance. ? do totally understand the balance of funding issue,' he said.

'We are looking at ways to try and build some greater balance into the system. The point about council tax is, yes, it is an unpopular tax, and I think that's because of the level it has got to, rather than the nature of the tax. …

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