Ministers admit cutbacks will harm Cambridge

April 27, 2007 9:00 AM

Government ministers have admitted that holding back £700,000 from Cambridge will have a 'detrimental effect' on the city.

The Government is holding back part of Cambridge's business growth funds in order to pay for a legal challenge from Slough and Corby Councils. When challenged by Cambridge MP David Howarth about the effect this would have on Cambridge, Local Government Minister Phil Woolas admitted that it would detrimentally affect the city but refused to take any responsibility for this.

Mr Howarth commented:

"The Government is admitting that holding back £700,000 from Cambridge will have a detrimental effect on the city.

David Howarth MP in the House of Commons

David will write to Phil Woolas demanding that Cambridge receive its full funding

"Ministers are happy to force faster growth on Cambridge but refuse to pay for any of the costs. We need to fight the Government's latest housing growth targets and we need to make sure that Cambridge gets the money it needs to pay for a fast-growing population."

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