Local Government Finance: Cost of Living

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 21 July 2022.

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Photo of Paulette Hamilton Paulette Hamilton Labour, Birmingham, Erdington

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to protect local government finances from the cost of living crisis in (a) deprived and (b) all other areas with high demand for services from local authorities.

Photo of Paul Scully Paul Scully Minister of State (London), Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The Government is making available an additional £3.7 billion to councils in England in 2022/23, with the most relatively deprived areas having access to 14% more per dwelling in core spending power.

How inflation interacts with local government's finances is not straightforward and we are working with the sector to understand any impacts.

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