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Walton MP Steve Rotheram questions government over council grant reduction

(June 23, 2011)

Steve has demanded the government hand back £11m which he claims was wrongly snatched from Liverpool council.

But ministers ducked a protest by the former Lord Mayor of Liverpool that the city’s Supporting People budget – to help vulnerable pensioners, the homeless and people with mental health problems – was slashed by 30%.

In the Commons, Steve asked how the cut fitted with the government’s statement no council was losing more than 1% from that funding.

But local government minister Grant Shapps repeated an earlier statement that the city got far more in grant per head than other authorities.

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