No council tax referendum principles in 2022/23 for local councils
On 16 December the secretary of state for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove MP, published the Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2022/23 which includes the welcome confirmation of no referendum principles for local councils in 2022/23.
As you may know, NALC have continued to lobby for this including through their spending review submission and will be responding to this consultation to continue to push for a multi-year deal (similar to the recent 3 year moratorium) and access to dedicated government funding.
You can read more including NALC's response in their news story here.
Cllr Keith Stevens, chair of NALC, said: "It is good the government has listened to NALC's call for the first tier of local government in England to have continued financial flexibility and autonomy. This will allow local (parish and town) councils to continue to lead their places and invest in community services and priorities through their small share of council tax, without the need to hold a referendum on increases. But we will continue to make the case for a multi-year exemption to provide certainty and allow local councils to plan for the future.
"While local councils are continuing to increase investment in their communities, they are clearly demonstrating restraint and fiscal responsibility and looking out for taxpayers. The increase in the average Band D precept of 2.8% in 2021/22 was significantly lower than the 4.4% increase by principal councils and their lowest increase in a decade. However, this slowing down of additional investment in communities by local councils is not sustainable. This underscores the need for local councils to access directly dedicated government funding such as for high streets, town centres, parks, leisure centres and other community assets."
Posted: Fri, 17 Dec 2021 14:27 by Jake Atkinson