Local Government Finance

Treasury written question – answered on 13th June 2019.

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Photo of Stella Creasy Stella Creasy Labour/Co-operative, Walthamstow

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the No Recourse to Public Funds condition on local authority budgets by local authority area.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

I have regular discussions with the Home Secretary and the Communities Secretary about their budgets, including the impact of any government policy that may affect local authority finances.

We need to make sure our immigration system is fair, while also protecting the taxpayer. There are already exemptions to the ‘no recourse to public funds’ condition for those in genuine need, such as those facing destitution or to protect the welfare of a child. I would expect the relevant departments to raise any issues at the Spending Review, where we can consider how we fund our priorities across government.

Local Government Core Spending Power is increasing in real terms this year. We have provided an additional £650m for social care in 2019-20.

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