The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee holds the closing session of its inquiry into local government finance and the 2019 Spending Review on Tuesday 18 June when it takes evidence from Minister for Local Government, Rishi Sunak MP.
Purpose of the session
With the existing four year settlement for local government coming to an end, the session will investigate the Government’s timetable for the Spending Review and Fair Funding Review. In particular, how local authorities will be able to plan for the long-term given uncertainty over the likely settlement and the timescale it will be decided in.
The Committee will also question the Minister on key issues raised over the course of the inquiry. Since 2010, the spending power of local government has fallen 30% in real terms, while service pressures and statutory obligations have grown. The session will investigate the Government’s assessment of the funding gap, and its proposals to alleviate funding pressures. It will also look at the local tax system, including the impact of business rate retention and potential for reforms to council tax.
Tuesday 18 June 2019, Room 5, Palace of Westminster
- Rishi Sunak MP, Minister for Local Government, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
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