Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, made a statement in the House of Commons on Wednesday 19 December 2012 on the finance for English local authorities for 2013-14 and 2014-15
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Hilary Benn, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
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