Lord Wills – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Communities and Local Government

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Lord Wills on 2014-04-01.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in calculating the non-ring-fenced funding provided to local authorities to deliver statutory obligations, they make any assumptions about the proportions of that funding likely to be used in fulfilling each of those obligations; and if so, what assumptions they have made of the likely expenditure on electoral registration.

Baroness Stowell of Beeston

The total amount of funding provided through the local government finance settlement in England is set at the time of the appropriate Spending Review. In setting this amount the Government considers the likely pressures and efficiency savings that can be made on a range of services, together with the overall fiscal environment, including the need to tackle the deficit left by the last Administration. This amount may be subsequently amended either through Budgets or Autumn Statements.

It is up to local authorities to decide how to set their budgets, taking into account local spending priorities.