The Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, addressing the Commons
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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