NALC urges the chancellor to give local councils fairer funding in Spending Review
Ahead of the Spending Review, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has urged the government to ensure local (parish and town) councils have the flexible and diverse funding they need to continue playing a vital role in building strong communities.
NALC has called for the review to include three key measures which require no new investment from the treasury or any primary legislation:
- A further multi-year deal on council tax referendums
- Access to dedicated government grants and further reforms to business rates
- Support to build capacity and help to local councils to improve through a share of investment in local government sector support
Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC said: “This fast-tracked Spending Review provides an important opportunity for the government to demonstrate its support for England’s 10,000 local councils who are stepping up and taking on the challenges facing the country and our communities.
“Local councils have a unique role of not only being a local government body but also a grassroots community organisation – changing, doing more and innovating. Local councils are helping tackle challenges from health and well-being to housing, loneliness to local services, community assets to cohesion, parks and open spaces to public toilets, and transport to town centres and high streets. These ambitions are increasingly supporting other parts of the public sector, including other tiers of local government and health bodies.”
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid MP, is expected to announce the Spending Review which sets out budgets for government departments on 4 September 2019.