Housing: Construction

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 27th December 2018.

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Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, to which budgets of local authorities the New Homes Bonus can be allocated.

Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the New Homes Bonus can be used for day to day local government service revenue spending.

Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the New Homes Bonus can be used for local authority general revenue budget expenditure.

Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many lower-tier local authorities use the New Homes Bonus for revenue spending.

Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether any advice and guidance has been issued to local authorities on how the New Homes Bonus can be used.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The New Homes Bonus is un-ringfenced so authorities can choose how to allocate funding to meet local priorities, for example on frontline services or keeping council tax down, as we recognise that local authorities are in the best position to make decisions about local priorities. The Government does not monitor how local authorities utilise New Homes Bonus funding but it is expected that local authorities engage with their local communities to decide how the money is spent, so residents feel the direct benefits of growth.

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