Harrow Council Funding — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:00 pm on 18th December 2018.

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Photo of Bob Blackman Bob Blackman Conservative, Harrow East 4:00 pm, 18th December 2018

The hon. Gentleman points out, rightly, that the budget in Harrow is balanced this year by one-off payments, I believe, as opposed to long-term arrangements. That is one of the things leading to future problems. Can he also answer this? Harrow is one of a very small minority of councils across the whole of England that failed to sign up for the multi-year settlement, which, although it is not always easy, gives certainty about funding over a number of years. Where councils have done that, they have known and been able to forecast what their income level will be. Harrow refused to do so, and has never answered my question why it refused. That brings the uncertainty of not knowing how much money will come in each year.