Local Government Finance: York

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 8th February 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the impact of the reduction of £31.9 million in local settlement funding for York since 2018 on the Government's delivery of its levelling up agenda.

Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

In 2022-23, Core Spending Power for York City Council will be £147.5 million, increasing from £125.2 million in 2018-19. This represents an increase of £22.4 million, 17.9% in cash terms or 6.3% in real terms.

In total, the Local Government Finance Settlement for 2022/23 – published on 7 February - makes available an additional £3.7 billion to councils, including funding for adult social care reform. This is an increase in local authority funding for 2022/23 of over 4.5% in real terms, which will ensure councils across the country have the resources they need to deliver key services.

Local authorities know their own local priorities best and have a discretion to spend their income according to local need.

Levelling up is at the heart of the Government's agenda to build back better after the pandemic and was at the centre of the Manifesto on which the government promised to deliver for the people of the UK. The Government is committed to ensuring that funding allocations for councils are based on an up-to-date assessment of their needs and resources. We will work closely with local partners and take stock of the challenges and opportunities they face, before consulting on any potential funding reform.

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