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Government confirms Section 137 expenditure limit for 2022/23

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The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has notified the National Association of Local Councils (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 2022/23 is £8.82 per elector.

This is the amount as a result of increasing the amount of £8.41 for 2021/22 by the percentage increase in the retail index between September 2020 and September 2021, in accordance with Schedule 12B to the 1972 Act.

Cllr Keith Stevens, chair of NALC, responded: “I welcome this important notification from the government about the increase to the level of section 137 expenditure for local (parish and town) councils. This enables the first tier of local government to spend a limited amount of money for purposes for which they have no other specific statutory power, helping them continue to invest their small share of council tax to support and improve their communities."

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