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Caroline Flint MP, Labour's Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, has said that Labour will today vote against the Tory-led Government's Local Government Finance Settlement, in opposition to the unprecedented unfairness of the cuts they are making to council budgets.

Caroline Flint, speaking ahead of today's Commons debate on the settlement, said:   

"The Tory-led Government's cuts to local councils go deeper and faster than almost any other Whitehall department, fall hardest on the most deprived communities, and will have a devastating impact on vital frontline services and jobs. 

"Surestart centres, libraries, bin collections and many other local services are under threat of cut backs or closure because the Government has chosen to hit councils with cuts that are frontloaded into the first year rather than spread out over four years. 

"People should know that the blame for these decisions lies solely and squarely with the Tory-led Government.

"It is unusual to vote against the settlement, but today Labour will make clear our opposition to the way the government is cutting by voting against both the settlement and the police grant." 


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