New Clause 6 — Determination of central and local shares

Local Government Finance Bill – in the House of Commons at 9:00 pm on 21st May 2012.

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‘(1) In determining the central share and the local share for any relevant authority, the Secretary of State must have regard to—

(a) the level of need in that authority, and

(b) the likely capacity of the authority to benefit from business rate growth.

(2) Any assessment of the level of need shall include—

(a) the ranking of the local authority in the Index of Multiple Deprivation,

(b) the level of unemployment within the authority’s area,

(c) the proportion of adults within the authority’s area who have a limiting long-term illness,

(d) the number of adults within the area who are in receipt of social care,

(e) the number of looked-after children within the authority, and

(f) the level of child poverty within the authority’s area.

(3) The Secretary of State must lay his assessment before the House at the same time as the Local Government Finance Report.’.—(Helen Jones.)

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be added to the Bill.

The House divided:

Ayes 202, Noes 275.

Division number 6

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Question accordingly negatived.