MP calls for greater flexibility on local government funding

Stafford MP, Jeremy Lefroy has called for a debate in the House of Commons on allowing local authorities greater flexibility in raising revenue to pay for improved services.

Speaking during Leaders Questions in the House of Commons, Jeremy said: “Staffordshire County Council has generally done an excellent job over the last few years both in meeting budgetary requirements and in protecting services, but, like many such authorities, it is facing severe challenges for 2019-20. May we have a debate on the importance both of increasing local revenue through not requiring referendums on increases in council tax above 2% or 3%, and of providing extra money from the better care fund for the provision of better care services for adults and children? There is also, of course, our ongoing request to have the business rate pilot scheme for Staffordshire.”