Local Authority Needs Commission

Local Government Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 21st February 2017.

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‘(1) There shall be a body called the Local Authority Needs Commission (“the Commission”).

(2) It shall be the duty of the Commission to carry out assessments of the matters specified in subsection (4) from time to time as it thinks fit, but no less than once every two calendar years.

(3) It shall be the duty of the Commission to carry out assessments of the matters specified in subsection (8) when requested to do so by the Secretary of State.

(4) The matters specified in this subsection are, in respect of each billing authority in England, all matters which the Commission considers are relevant to an understanding of the resource need of each billing authority, including, but not confined to—

(a) the extent of social deprivation in the area,

(b) the resident and day-time populations of the area,

(c) the condition of housing stock in the area,

(d) the economic profile of the area,

(e) the population density of the area,

(f) the ethnic composition of the population of the area,

(g) the extent to which the population of the area has a first language other than English.

(5) It shall be the duty of the Commission to assess the impact of any new requirement imposed upon a billing authority—

(a) by legislation, or

(b) by direction from the Secretary of State

as soon as is reasonably practicably after the introduction of the new requirement takes effect.

(6) An assessment under subsection (5) must include a needs assessment of the billing authority in relation to the new requirement, having regard to the matters specified in subsection (4), which must be made publicly available.

(7) It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State, before making a grant to billing authorities under—

(a) section 78 of the 1988 Act, or

(b) section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003

to inform the Commission of the billing authorities intended to receive a grant and request the Commission to undertake an assessment in accordance with subsection (3).

(8) The matters specified in this subsection are, in respect of each billing authority in England intended to receive a grant, all matters which the Commission considers are relevant to an understanding of the resource need of each such billing authority, including, but not confined to, the matters specified in paragraphs (a) to (g) of subsection (4).

(9) Any assessment made under subsection (2), (3) or (5) shall be laid before the House of Commons by the Secretary of State as soon as practicable after the final version of the assessment has been provided to the Secretary of State by the Commission.

(10) Schedule (Local Authority Needs Commission: further provision) makes further provision about the Commission.”—

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time.

The Committee divided:

Ayes 6, Noes 9.

Division number 9 Seasonal Working — Local Authority Needs Commission

Aye: 6 MPs

No: 9 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly negatived.

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