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Labour to Seek Local Government Advice, Miliband Says: Guardian

June 22, 2013

The U.K.’s opposition Labour party will seek the advice of local governments on housing and work programs, the Guardian newspaper leader reported, citing an interview with leader Ed Miliband.

“Too often in the past central government, Labour central governments, told local government what to do,” Miliband said, according to the newspaper. “We are reversing this. We are going to get local government to tell us how it’s done.”

Miliband -- attending the party’s national policy forum meeting in Birmingham today -- was scheduled to announce a local government taskforce to advise the party’s policy review on how the public sector can “deliver more with less,” the newspaper said.

The Labour leader’s comments come as the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne seeks 11.5 billion pounds in budget cuts for the year beginning April 2015, before announcing his spending review to Parliament on June 26.

“The last Labour government was able to plan on the basis on rising departmental spending,” Miliband said, according to the Guardian. “The next Labour government will have to plan on the basis of falling departmental spending.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Namitha Jagadeesh in London at njagadeesh@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew Rummer at arummer@bloomberg.net


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