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Chris Williamson MP, Labour's Shadow Local Government Minister, commenting on Bob Neill’s letter to local government leaders, said:
 
"Of course there can never be any excuse for councils failing to collect people's rubbish for four weeks.
 
"But Government ministers should be spending less time peddling myths and trying to blame the last Government for everything, and more time on the phone to their Conservative and Lib Dem colleagues running councils up and down the country - they are the ones really responsible for sorting out rubbish collection.
 
"And the Government needs to be honest and admit that the only 'savage cuts to weekly rubbish collections' are the ones to come in the next few years as a result of this government's unfair frontloaded cuts to local council budgets."

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