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”.
Cllr Kemp is available for comment on 07885 626913