Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:16 pm on 17th December 2020.

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Photo of Scott Benton Scott Benton Conservative, Blackpool South 1:16 pm, 17th December 2020

At the start of this pandemic, the Government stated that they would provide local authorities with all the support they needed to get through these challenging times. The total amount of additional Government support that Blackpool Council has received since March to support local services and businesses now stands at over £129 million, and my council’s finance officers can scarcely believe that the position is so healthy at this stage. In spite of this, the temptation of many Labour-run councils, including my own, will be to go for a hefty council tax increase next year. Will my right hon. Friend join me in urging those councils to demonstrate restraint, and to make sure we consider how to get value for money from local services?