NALC announces ‘Provisional local government finance settlement’
The provisional local government finance settlement was published on 13 December and NALC are pleased to let you know it confirms the government’s plans in the technical consultation not to extend council tax referendum principles to local (parish and town) councils for 2019-20.
The key section from the consultation paper on the settlement published alongside the statement says: “The government has decided to continue the deferral of setting referendum principles for town and parish councils subject to the conditions above, but encourages parish councils to continue this downward trend, and will keep this area under active review”. You can read the statement here or watch again here.
This will be the second year of the three-year deal announced earlier this year and a direct result of NALC’s extensive lobbying through our flexible and diverse funding campaign. But it is important to highlight that since the Localism Act 2011 introduced the power for government to set council tax referendum principles, NALC has campaigned successfully each year against their extension to our sector, a significant lobbying achievement! NALC’s chairman Cllr Sue Baxter will be meeting the local government minister, Rishi Sunak MP, in the New Year, where this and other local government finance matters, along with a wide range of other issues, will be discussed.