Craig Welcomes Funding Increase for Calderdale Council

Parliament yesterday (Wednesday 7 February 2018) approved the funding settlement for English local authorities that will see a real terms increase in available resources over the next two years and give them access to over £200 billion from 2015 to 2020 to deliver the high-quality services their local communities need. The settlement gives councils additional financial freedoms to deliver services for their most vulnerable residents while protecting council tax payers from excessive increases in their bills.

For the coming financial year (2018/2019), Calderdale will have Core Spending Power of £149.7 million, an increase of £2.4 million or 1.6%.

Ahead of today’s Parliamentary debate, the Communities Secretary had announced extra funding to help local authorities meet the needs of vulnerable people and support services in rural areas. Following representations from local government and Members of Parliament on the provisional funding plans announced in December, a further £150 million will be available to those councils providing Adult Social Care. In addition, £16 million will be made available to councils providing services in rural areas, taking the total Rural Services Grant to £81 million – the highest it has ever been and a recognition of the cost of providing local services in sparsely populated areas.

For Calderdale, this additional funding amounts to £0.6 million. Calderdale will also benefit from being confirmed as part of one of 10 new business rates retention pilot areas. These areas will keep 100% of growth in business rates, which will stay in communities and be spent on local priorities. This is estimated to generate an additional £30 million in funding across the pilot area and is not included in Core Spending Power.

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid said:

“Parliament has today approved a settlement that strikes a balance between relieving growing pressure on local government whilst ensuring that hard-pressed taxpayers do not face excessive bills. We have listened to representations made and delivered on these requests: two years of real terms increases in resources, more freedom and fairness, and greater certainty to plan and secure value for money.”

Craig, welcomed the Settlement, saying: ‘The Government’s spending settlement provides Calderdale with an increase of £2.4 million in core spending power for the next financial year. This increase in funding is welcome and will assist the Council in meeting the care needs of our most vulnerable and providing core services. It is now up to the Council to make sure that they utilise this funding in the most efficient way to the benefit of Calderdale. In particular, the leadership of the Council should be looking to ensure that good quality frontline services are protected and that non-essential expenditure is reduced in order to keep Council Tax low for hand working families’.

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