Joanna Killian, head of local government at KPMG, comments on today’s announcements in the Queen’s Speech on the Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill.
Joanna Killian, head of local government at KPMG, comments on today’s announcements in the Queen’s Speech on the Local Growth and Jobs Bill:
“Today’s Queen’s Speech contained some encouraging moves towards increased local government power. While the retention of 100% of business rates by local authorities has been rumbling on for some time, today’s announcement that an enabling framework will be put in place is an encouraging development in cementing a vital revenue stream for councils. In a time of budget cuts, enabling councils to keep their business rates will not only drive greater investment but will also engender a greater spirit of innovation and growth.
“For combined authorities, the ability to levy the business rate supplement to fund infrastructure projects should see some much-needed regional and local infrastructure projects getting off the ground. By giving the power to combined authorities, issues around geographical boundaries, which have traditionally held projects back, should be easier to resolve and see more holistic infrastructure solutions put in place.”
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