Question to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities:
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of district councils to withstand significant losses of income from business rates, council tax, and fees and charges for services including planning charges, parking charges and those for leisure services; and (1) how many, and (2) which, district councils they have assessed as being in danger of being unable to continue to discharge their statutory functions.
We announced, on 18 April, an additional £1.6 billion of funding to support councils delivering essential frontline services, taking the total to over £3.2 billion of additional funding. This funding means that almost 70% of district councils will have received £1 million or more in support to manage Covid-19 income pressures.
We are now focused on gathering the best possible information and data from councils on income and expenditure figures. We are doing this through our ongoing local authority Covid-19 financial monitoring survey.
The returns collected will refine our assessment of income losses across the sector. We are also engaging with councils and their representatives, local Leaders and Chief Executives, and organisations including the District Councils Network.
We will continue to work with local government, including district councils, over the coming weeks to ensure they are managing as the pandemic progresses.
1. Local authority financial reporting and external audit: independent review
08/09/2020 - Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
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Found: local resident or tax
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spend and manage
Golden Sands District Council™s resources
Found: CouncilWritten evidence submitted by Colchester Borough Council [FSR 051] Executive Summary and recommendations
3. Report - Local government finance in the pandemic
10/03/2021 - National Audit Office
Found: manage and govern
public bodies improve public services.
The Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG),
Found: submitted by South East England Councils [FSR 037] South East England Councils (SEEC) is the cross-tier voice
Found: Fenland District CouncilWritten evidence submitted by Fenland District Council [FSR 099] District Councils
1. Covid-19: Funding for Local Authorities
24/11/2020 - Westminster Hall
1: Government were friends of local government and local services. Since the 2010 general election, the Government - Speech Link
2. The Future of the High Street
10/12/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: our high streets were already going through a significant evolution, with changing consumer habits and - Speech Link
2: eat out to help out initiative to help to protect 2 million jobs in hospitality. We have also provided - Speech Link
3: Government announced in the spring that the business rates retail discount would be increased to 100% and expanded - Speech Link
3. Local Government Finance (England)
10/02/2021 - Commons Chamber
1: motions:That the Referendums relating to Council Tax Increases (Alternative Notional Amounts) (England) - Speech Link
2: we have seen for many years. I am grateful to councils for their support for local businesses, enterprises - Speech Link
4. Housing, Communities and Local Government: Departmental Spending
09/07/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: every Member of this House when I say that local councils, collectively across the piece, whatever their - Speech Link
2: my hon. Friend share my sense of déjà vu when councils were promised “whatever funding is needed”? Nottingham - Speech Link
5. Oral Answers to Questions
28/01/2019 - Commons Chamber
1: additional work with short-term capacity to support councils to ensure that we are actually giving the help - Speech Link
2: restrictions on councils in England to enable them to borrow to build a new generation of council homes. [Interruption - Speech Link
3: is being made to ensure that all councils—not some, but all councils —are taking the preventive approach - Speech Link