Local councils to see a reduction in government aid
English councils face average cuts in "spending power" of 4.4% next year, the government has announced.
But Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said no local authority would undergo a decrease of more than 8.9% in 2011/12, as a result of the grant reductions.
He promised a "new democratic settlement", with more rights being devolved to local authorities being set out in the Localism Bill.
Labour said, with less money, the new powers were a "pretty hollow offer".
13 Dec 2010
- From the section UK