Local Government Finance — Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:14 pm on 17th December 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton Labour 3:14 pm, 17th December 2015

My Lords, I declare a former interest as a member of local authorities. However, I rise to defend not local authorities but the people who want the services of local authorities. Local authorities can be held up as something to shoot at, whereas it is local people who will suffer. If she cannot answer now in detail, would the Minister please write to tell me how on earth there is going to be a correlation between the amount local authorities can increase in expenditure—2% on the rates—and equalising the income they get while having regard to the very different levels of need in different areas? I understand that there is to be detailed discussion on the £1.5 billion, and so, unusually, I ask the Minister not only to write to me but to keep me up to date by writing frequently.