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NRF goes through "on the nod"

Having led their troops up to the top of the hill to oppose our analysis of the Neighbourhood Renewal Funds Labour today recognised that we were right. The attempted an oblique assault on our proposals to give each ward a basic £50,000. When I pointed out that included would hit Oscott even harder they pulled back.

Labour MPs are still trying to make something of the fact that we have put Performance Reward Grant into Social Care and Housing. The fact is that the City Council's biggest problem areas are Social Care and Housing. We have put most of the spare resources into Social Care and put £1.6Million into Housing to deal with the Labour Government's inane requirement for yet another survey of tenants views on stock options.

We know tenants want to stay with the City Council. We have worked out the finance for the fourth option, but the government still require us to waste money on yet another stock options exercise.

In the mean time there are rumours Labour are distancing themselves from the six Labour Councillors the elections of whom will be subject to election petitions on 21st Feb and 7th March. In theory Steel and Shamash who have been their solicitors so far (the Labour Party's solicitors) should be their representatives. It remains to be seen if they will stay "on the case".

The fact that thousands of ballot papers have been fraudulently completed will be proven and will raise questions about the way in which the Labour Government have undermined democracy in the UK. (both directly and through historical corporatism)

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