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Self -sufficient local government: 100 per cent Business Rates Retention Technical Consultation

Date: 30/9/2016

The Society's aim is to ensure that planning makes a major contribution to achieving sustainable developments, from national to local level, in ways, which are fair and equitable and achieve the social economic and environmental aspirations of all sectors of the community.

POS does not feel it is best placed to answer the technical questions posed in your consultation document. However, we did want to make a general point, if this proposal is to go ahead that the income of local authorities should be sure to cover the required new responsibilities or new burdens. Also that there is a robust mechanism to forward plan or have flexibility in budgeting if a large scale business leaves the authority with short notice.

The overall financing of local government is important to deliver other statutory and non-statutory functions. Some of these functions are chargeable and can recover costs, or most costs, e.g. planning applications and some it is not, e.g. planning enforcement, which is strategically very important and may be at risk if the local authority finances are un-stabilised as a result of this proposal.

 

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