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Local Government Finance

Volume 471: debated on Wednesday 30 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes to Government policy on local government finance will follow from the signing of the new Central-Local concordat. (182587)

The concordat sets out the areas we will seek to develop with local government, and such work is under way. It reaffirms our commitment to deliver greater flexibility for local authorities to make decisions on their own funding priorities, and over the next three years we are moving around £5.6 billion into general grants which are not ring-fenced. We have undertaken to work with local government to provide greater clarity and transparency for local people on the levels of public funding going into local areas, and we have delivered the first three-year settlement for each council.