I am reluctant to engage in debate via your pages, but to ensure transparency to members in the East Midlands, I must respond to Mike Casebourne's message regarding LA budgets. The 1999 grant to the East Midlands LA was £27,511. The 2000 grant for expenditure is £26,511 although the actual grant allocation is £23,511, with an assumption that £3,000 should be taken from local reserves.
This is not consistent with Mike Casebourne's assertion that 'no LA has been budgeted less expenditure in 2000 than in 1999'.
Adrian Coy (M), chairman, East Midlands LA,