Local Government Finance

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:47 pm on 16th December 1981.

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Photo of Mr George Cunningham Mr George Cunningham , Islington South and Finsbury 3:47 pm, 16th December 1981

In examining ways of reforming the rating system, will the right hon. Gentleman accept the principle that one wants to achieve a greater identity between the discretion of a local authority and its obligation to finance its exercise of that discretion from local funds? To that end, will he not try to take out of local authority funding most, but not all, educational expenditure and place it with the central Exchequer so that there is greater identity between the decisions of local authorities and their means of supply?