Grants 'stacked'

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The Independent Online
Jack Straw, Labour's environment spokesman, accused the Government of 'stacking' council grants to help Tory authorities. He said government figures showed the 115 Conservative councils were to receive a 3.3 per cent rise, while the average for all councils was 2.9 per cent. In 39 shire councils, where seats were up for election on 6 May, 19 Tory councils would get a 3.7 per cent rise, while eight Labour councils would receive 2.2 per cent.

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