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Local Government Finance

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirements her Department plans to place on local authorities to report on their annual efficiency savings in each of the next three years. (277031)

Councils and authorities including Fire and Rescue services are required to submit information on efficiency savings to the Department twice in each financial year; the first being a forecast of planned savings and the second being the outturn of savings achieved. Councils report through National Indicator 179 and authorities providing Fire and Rescue services report through the Fire Annual Efficiency Statement. Additionally it is a requirement for efficiency information to be recorded on council tax statements.