The government has attacked Labour for "massive waste and inefficiency" after the opposition claimed cuts to local authorities were hitting poor areas hardest.
He added that councils "need to do their bit" to pay off the deficit by cutting fraud, working more closely together and with better procurement.
Under Labour council tax bills more than doubled whilst local services like bin collections halved. Ed Miliband would hike up taxes on people's homes, and in Wales, the Labour Government are now actively supporting monthly bin collections. It's clear under Labour, you pay more and get less.
Local government, which accounts for a quarter of public spending, was strangled in red tape by Labour who turned a blind eye to massive waste and inefficiency in the public sector and ran up massive public debts.
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