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Lords debates local government finances

22 March 2024

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On Thursday 21 March, members of the House of Lords debated current local government finances and the impact on local communities.


Lord Shipley (Liberal Democrat), vice president of the Local Government Association, put forward the debate.

This is a general debate. During debates, members put their experience to good use to discuss current issues and draw the government's attention to concerns.

Members speaking

Members speaking in the debate included:

Opening the debate, Lord Shipley said:

'There is a gap in funding in the face of rising costs and rising demand, and it is widening.

We have seen cuts in parks and green spaces, in culture, museums and theatres, in youth services, and in sports, leisure and swimming pools.'

Baroness Scott of Bybrook (Conservative), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, responded on behalf of the government:

'The government are clear in their support for councils—there is no decline in that support—and the vital work they do to support local residents in all corners of the country… In October of last year, we announced the investment of £1.1 billion into 55 towns across the country, with each town receiving a £20 million endowment-style fund to invest over the next decade.'

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Watch on Parliament TV or read the Lords Hansard transcript.

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Find out more about the issues the debate covers in the House of Lords Library briefing.

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