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Financial Assistance: Local Authorities

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 20 January 2009

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department plans to take to assist local authorities in the current economic climate. (248952)

People need their council to offer real help through improved services and low tax. We have given them billions of pounds of extra funding, and financial freedoms, to help them do so, including putting in place the first-ever three-year settlement last year which gave councils an extra £8.9 billion.