To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government of 18 December 2013, Official Report, column 759, on local government finance, what support to meet future equal pay commitments his Department will provide to local authorities that have followed his advice to use reserves for front-line services.
Most councils have fully addressed their equal pay liabilities. For those that are yet to do so, the Government amended capital finance regulations to provide continued flexibility in the way such liabilities can be treated in authorities' annual accounts and to enable authorities to use capital receipts raised from asset sales in or after 2012-13 to fund such costs.
However, there can be no blank cheque from national taxpayers to bail out councils which dragged their feet on delivering pay equality. Councils have to take responsibility for their decisions (and indecision).