NALC pushes government for multi-year exemption on referendum principles
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has urged the government to give local (parish and town) councils a multi-year exemption from referendum principles on excessive council tax increases.
NALC responded to the government’s consultation on the Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2023/24 in which the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) indicated its intention to exempt local councils from referendum principles on excessive council tax increases for the 2023/24 financial year.
NALC stated that whilst it welcomed the single-year exemption for local councils, a multi-year exemption would create much-needed certainty and allow local councils to plan for the future and continue to support their communities through these challenging times.
The submission also calls for a share of sector support funding and for local councils not to be overlooked by the government’s review of council tax.