NALC HEAPS MORE PRESSURE ON THE GOVERNMENT OVER FINANCE
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is continuing to put pressure on the government over its controversial Localisation of Council Tax Support scheme.
In January, NALC surveyed all Direct Access councils and county associations in an attempt to gauge the share of the available discretionary parish grant local councils would receive in 2013/14; the percentage change between 2012/13 and 2013/14 in council tax bases; and the impact on service delivery beyond 2013/14.
The main findings showed that:
Most local councils are currently receiving the maximum share of the discretionary grant from billing authorities required to partly shore-up their loss of council tax base for the 2013/14 financial year.
The average reduction (in %) between the 2012/13 and 2013/14 financial years to council tax bases seems to be around 10%–12%.
Overall, the actual loss of council tax base has created uncertainty for service delivery in 2013/14 and beyond – though most local councils seem to be partly recouping the loss of council tax base through the grant in 2013/14, but probably not beyond that.
NALC has sent the final research report to Communities and Local Government (CLG) and to all county associations. It has also written to the Local Government Association and all members of parliament to update them on the research findings.
NALC has worked closely and constantly with CLG since October 2011 on this matter.