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Local Government Act 2003

Section 12: Power to invest

28.For the avoidance of doubt, section 12 makes clear that authorities have power to invest, not only for any purpose relevant to their functions but also for the purpose of the prudential management of their financial affairs.

29.The power of the Secretary of State or National Assembly for Wales to issue guidance (section 15) is likely to be used to encourage authorities to invest prudently, thus preserving the safeguards of the present system but allowing greater flexibility and more local discretion.

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