Lib Dem View on Business Rate Reform

 

Lib Dem Councillors welcome Ministerial statement on Consultation over Local Government Finance Reform

Cllr Richard Kemp, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Local Government has welcomed today’s Ministerial statement on Local Government Reform.

He said, “The statement sets out clearly the principles contained within the Statement by Nick Clegg to the LGA Conference last month. It is clear that the reforms:

  • Will not harm poorer communities with a base similar to that which would have been expected under the existing funding formula
  • That the reforms will be introduced from 1st April 3013
  • That councils will be able to keep the growth in business rates that get generated.
  • That there will be checks and balances in place to ensure that any massive changes up or down in rate collection can be evened out over a period of time.

I urge all councils to get stuck in to the detailed consultation and for all councils o also involve themselves in the enhanced activity for community budgeting that the Deputy Prime Minister also laid out at the LGA Conference”.

 

ENDS:

 

Cllr Kemp is available for comment on 07885 626913

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About richardkemp

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool. UK representative on UCLG Finance Committee, Executive Bureau and World Council. Deputy Chair and Lib Dem Spokesperon on the LGA Community Wellbeing Board. Married to the lovely Cllr Erica Kemp CBE with three children and three grandchildren.
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One Response to Lib Dem View on Business Rate Reform

  1. Chris Butler says:

    Think you mean 2013 Richard – don’t imagine local Councils want to wait a whole millenium for this to come in!

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