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Council Tax: Discounts

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 29 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the purpose is of her Department’s (a) council tax discount grant, (b) performance reward grant and (c) restoration fund grant. (251823)

Communities and Local Government does not administer a council tax discount grant.

The purpose of performance reward grant is to provide local authorities and their partners with a financial incentive to achieve targets agreed within Local Area Agreements.

The Restoration Fund was a one off £31 million fund paid out to the 62 local authorities who incurred significant unmet costs as a direct result of the summer 2007 floods. The funding was intended to support local authorities in their continued efforts to rebuild their communities. Local authorities were free to spend the fund as they saw fit, depending on local priorities.