Burnley Council has its say on local government funding
6:05pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
BURNLEY Council has put its case forward for changes in local government funding.
Two consultations are currently taking place on funding for local authorities and Burnley Council has responded to both.
The council currently needs to find savings of around £5.2million in time for 2015/16.
Coun Mark Townsend, portfolio holder for resources and performance management, said: “The council has responded to a number of technical consultations on the financial proposals for local government.
“The first consultation relates to proposals for the operation of the Local Government Finance Settlement, with exemplifications at individual local authority level, based on the proposal outlined in the consultation.
“Essentially, the current funding formula tends to work against district councils with city sized challenges and this case has been made in the response.
“In addition, a separate consultation has been issued on proposals to pool locally New Homes Bonus in Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to fund the Local Growth Fund.
“Our response puts forward a case for a national pool, with a minimum threshold for contribution to the pool. The pool should then be distributed, based on economic need.”
Coun Townsend said the council was now looking at how to make savings, without affecting frontline services.
He said: “The council is now working to actively identify ‘transformational savings and efficiencies’ to balance the budget and protect essential services to local residents. “
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