The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has informed the NALC that the appropriate sum for the purpose of section 137(4)(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 (the 1972 Act) for local (parish and town) councils in England for 2017-18 is £7.57.
This is the amount that results from increasing the amount of 2016-17 (£7.42) by the percentage increase in the retail index between September 2015 and September 2016 (of 2.0%), in accordance with Schedule 12B to the 1972 Act.
Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, responded: “NALC welcomes this Government move to increase the level of Section 137 expenditure. This is important considering that Section 137 enables local *parish and town councils to spend a limited amount of money for purposes for which they have no other specific statutory power. This will be a great benefit in delivering vital services for communities.”