Magazine article Public Finance

We Will Work with Town Hall Settlement, Say Managers

Magazine article Public Finance

We Will Work with Town Hall Settlement, Say Managers

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Town and county hall leaders have accepted they need to work with the funding settlement announced last week but have appealed to ministers not to blame tax rises on high-spending councils.

On December 9, councillors and finance officers from across England met to digest the implications of the provisional settlement at the Local Government Association's annual finance conference.

Although the 3% increase was better than many feared, authorities are not ruling out cuts in services.

David Shakespeare, leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, said: 'The settlement's on the table and we've got to stop whingeing and get on with delivering it.

'But if we do, the government can't blame council tax rises on profligate local government/

In response, local government minister Phil Woolas said accusations of waste were not coming from central government. …

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