The Future of Local Government Finance – Call for Evidence Submission

Published on: Tuesday, 19-August-2014

Knowsley Council was invited to provide evidence on the current local government finance system.  

As a Local Authority that is reliant on Government funding due to its low tax base (both Council Tax and Business Rates) and high levels of need, Knowsley is facing extreme financial challenges. The council therefore welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance, and to help develop a local government finance system that is fit for purpose and makes it easier for councils and their local partners to tackle these challenges.

Knowlsey’s submission highlights how recent changes to the local government finance system have placed significant financial pressure on more deprived areas of the country by moving away from the principle that funding should recognise local need and local ability to raise resources. The submission also highlights policy tensions and how efforts to ensure economic growth and foster resilient communities are being undermined.

The response also sets out a number of key principles that the council believes should underpin the Commission’s findings and the future local government finance system.

A full copy of Knowsley Council’s submission to the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance is available on the council’s website.