The government confirms the Section 137 expenditure limit for 2023/24


The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has notified the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) that the appropriate sum for section 137(4)(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 (the 1972 Act) for parish and town councils in England for 2023/24 is £9.93. 

The amount is a result of increasing the amount of £8.82 for 2022/23 by the percentage increase in the retail index between September 2021 and September 2022 under Schedule 12B to the 1972 Act.

Cllr Keith Stevens, chair of NALC, responded: "I welcome this news from the government on increasing section 137 expenditure for local (parish and town) councils. It 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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