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1.7% council spending cuts

Councils in England will see their spending power cut by 1.7% next year, Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles announced today.

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Labour slams council cuts plans

Labour said that funding cuts to councils will have a huge impact on services, and claimed that Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles is "out of touch".

It is clear that he is living in a world of his own, because he simply does not understand the impact that his decisions on funding are having on the services and local people who use and rely upon them.

– Hilary Benn, Shadow communities and local government secretary

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