Local Councils: 2023-24 Budgets - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:06 pm on 25th January 2023.

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Photo of Lord Young of Cookham Lord Young of Cookham Deputy Chairman of Committees 3:06 pm, 25th January 2023

My Lords, allowing local authority expenditure to increase by 9.2% in cash terms seems reasonable to me against the background of the current economic challenges. However, if, pursuant to my noble friend the Minister’s reply, a local authority thinks that that is wrong for its area, it is free to spend more if it can persuade the local electorate to vote for that in a referendum. Is that not a more democratic way of approaching local government finance than the crude rate-capping that we had before?