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Wales to receive boost in funds for 2006/07

Welsh councils will get almost £3.5 billion in funding from the Welsh Assembly Government in 2006/07 for local services, it was announced this week.

The money is 5.1% more that last year's settlement and includes £3 million to meet the extra cost of Landfill Tax.

Local authority capital projects will have a total of £610 million from the funds. This is 4% more that last year, and includes in particular additional provision for waste management projects.

Local Government Minister Sue Essex said: "In preparing this settlement, I have worked closely with Welsh local government to identify increases in costs and the need for expansion of particular local services.

"This settlement is a good and fair deal for both local government and council tax payers."

Essex said that a consultation project would be issued later in the week on moving to three-year settlements to assist local authorities with better forward planning for the efficient use of resources and improvement in service delivery.

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