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Queen's Speech statement: Local government finance reforms

  • By Rosemary.Davenp...

Cllr Claire Kober, OBE, Chair of London Councils, said:

“It is disappointing that the Queen’s Speech did not mention local government finance reforms. It is important and still likely that the proposed review of the needs assessment will continue, and we will participate fully in that. However, we are deeply concerned there has been no signal as to the broader reforms to the future funding of local government that should sit alongside that review, including those paving the way to 100% business rates retention. It is vital now that Government gives clarity as to whether this is still their policy intention, and whether it still intends to pilot the introduction of those reforms.”