Local Government Finance
Communities and Local Government
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion, Green)
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the contribution by the Minister for Housing and Local Government of 8 February 2012, Official Report, column 372, on local government finance, when he expects to announce arrangements for future grant funding for local authorities; if he will ensure local authorities are informed of his plans for the council tax base in 2013-14 before they take a decision on freezing council tax; for what reasons this information has not yet been provided; and if he will make a statement.
Grant Shapps (Minister of State (Housing and Local Government), Communities and Local Government; Welwyn Hatfield, Conservative)
Next steps on our proposals on local government finance for 2013-14 onwards were set out in the policy document on the local government resource review issued on
Councils therefore cannot assume that they are necessarily increasing their spending power for future years by rejecting the freeze this year and instead increasing their council tax. Decisions on the final shape of the scheme will follow that consultation and will be announced in line with the usual settlement timetable.