ODPM Press Notice

Session 2003-04  26 February 2004



The Government announced the Terms of Reference for its review of the Balance of Funding on 20 January 2003. It is expected that the report of the Review's proceedings will be published in the summer of 2004. In order to inform the Review, the Committee has resolved to undertake an inquiry into Local Government Revenue, looking in particular at the following:

• What is the role and purpose of government grant in ensuring adequate local government revenue?

• Is the current balance between centrally and locally raised revenue appropriate?

• Should businesses contribute directly to local services?

• Is the Council Tax a viable and adequate source of local revenue?

• What other local taxes might be acceptable? (e.g. a congestion tax, workplace parking tax, tourist tax, earnings related tax or sales tax.)

• Should there be a ceiling on local government expenditure and taxation, and if so how should controls operate?

• To what extent does central Government control or influence contribute to local government expenditure and taxation?

The Committee invites written evidence on the points above and other relevant topics by  Friday 26 March. It is unlikely that evidence submitted after this date will be published until the inquiry is completed. (Witnesses who wish their evidence to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee clerk in advance.) Decisions about who to call for oral evidence are likely to be taken on the basis of evidence received by this date.[The form which such evidence should take is set out below B please note in particular the restriction on length and that wherever possible it should be submitted by e-mail or on disk].

Oral evidence sessions will be arranged and will be announced in due course.

Contact: Kate Emms, Clerk, 020 7219 3927


Written evidence must if possible be submitted in an electronic format, either on disk or preferably by e-mail. It should be in MS Word or Rich Text format.  If sent by e-mail it should for this inquiry be sent to odpmcom@parliament.uk.  The e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from. If sent by post it should be sent to the Clerk, ODPM Committee, Committee Office, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. Witnesses without access to a computer are respectfully requested to take particular care that submissions are legible.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and it would be helpful to include a brief executive summary. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it. Guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm

Further details of the Committee, including its current membership, can be found on the Committee's homepage at http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/odpm.cfm