Magazine article Public Finance

Local Control over Cash to Be the Norm, Says Pickles

Magazine article Public Finance

Local Control over Cash to Be the Norm, Says Pickles

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Communities Secretary Eric Pickles used the conference to reveal his plans for greater local government transparency and accountability.

He told delegates he intended to extend the requirement for all spending over £500 to be published online to contracts and tenders over £500. He also confirmed that business rates would be repatriated under the Local Government Resource Review.

'No more Whitehall hoovering up the rates the second they are collected,' he said. 'No more councils forced to come to the Treasury with a begging bowl... I am determined that councils should see a link between the success of local firms and the state of their own coffers.'

He added that those with poor business rate bases would not lose out. "We will ensure there is a tariff that moves people to the position they currently are. We will have a yearly yield that we will take from more prosperous councils and put in a central pool.'

Pickles also said there would be a second wave of Community Budgets, which would be 'more ambitious' than the first pilots. …

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