Local government finance

The final settlement contained no major changes from the provisional limits outlined in December (see first 631), which included extra money provided through the Rural Services Delivery Grant and the New Homes Bonus. Also rubber-stamped by MPs was the one-off funding for children’s services, adult social care, and roads repairs announced in last year’s Budget.

In the Commons debate that preceded the vote, MPs were keen to raise the LGA’s concerns over the growing funding gap facing local services.

Clive Betts MP, Chair of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, was among those calling for the £3 billion funding gap councils are facing this year to be plugged. Closing the debate, Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak MP, paid tribute to “all the committed people who deliver for their communities every single day”.

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