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Published Monday, November 27, 2017

Summary of the provisional 2017/18 local government finance settlement

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The final 2017/18 local government finance settlement for England, was published on 20 February 2017.

Spending power of local authorities will fall by -0.4% in 2017/18. Spending power is defined as the sum of: council tax; central government revenue grants; efficiency support grant; NHS funding for social care; and, public health grant.

Core spending power will increase by 1.15% in cash terms between 2015/16 and 2019/20. This represents a real terms reduction of -5.7%.


The contribution of settlement funding assessment (made up of retained business rates income and revenue support grant) to core spending power will decline in future years as local authorities move towards 100% retention of business rates.



Commons Briefing papers SN02648

Author: Lydia Jackson

Topic: Local government

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