HC Deb 05 December 1979 vol 975 cc251-2W
Mr. Marlow

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, if Lambeth council refuses to cut its expenditure by £3 million, how much of this amount will be met from general taxes.

Mr. Heseltine

Except for a very small proportion met by fees and charges, all local authority expenditure is met by rates and taxes.

Mr. Brotherton

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the level of the rate support grant to the London borough of Lambeth; and if he has any proposals for its reduction.

Mr. Heseltine

Under the first increase order and report for 1979–80 and the main order and report for 1980–81 now laid before the House the estimated final allocation of needs element of rate support grants to Lambeth in 1979–80 will be £50.4 million and in 1980–81 £58.5 million. Lambeth does not qualify for resources element. It will not be possible to say if a particular authority's grant will be affected by the transitional arrangements for 1980–81 until rates have been set for that year.

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