Local Government Finance

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:49 pm on 22nd February 2017.

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Photo of Steve Double Steve Double Conservative, St Austell and Newquay 5:49 pm, 22nd February 2017

The right hon. Gentleman might have been reading the notes of my speech, because that will be my main point.

We undoubtedly need to reform local government, and I broadly welcome the changes the Department are introducing to the way local government is financed, making it much more directly accountable for raising and spending its own finance and far less dependent on central Government. I also welcome the renewed interest in the Rural Fair Share campaign to address the imbalance that has existed for far too long between the levels of funding received by rural councils as opposed to predominantly urban councils.