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Local Government Finance

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:02 pm on 5th February 2020.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham 2:02 pm, 5th February 2020

I will give way in a minute; I know the Minister gets very excited when I make speeches.

The other issue is the ability of local councils to raise finance through, for example, the distribution of business rates. To be fair to County Durham, it is trying some ambitious plans for economic development to get business rates up, but Durham’s ability to raise extra funding through business activity is not at all comparable with that of, for example, the City of Westminster.