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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what arrangements he has put in place for his Department's internal review of local government finance; what time scale he has set for the review; with whom his Department plans to consult; from whom it plans to take advice as part of its evidence-based approach; and if he will make a statement.
The Local Growth White Paper "Local Growth: realising every place's potential" confirmed that the Local Government Resource Review would consider proposals to allow local authorities to retain locally-raised business rates. The review will commence in January and develop proposals by July 2011. The Secretary of State will make an announcement shortly about the review and its terms of reference.