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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Burnley's Local Plan 2016 - Delayed again

   Burnley Express is going into print about the costs of the Local Plan 2016.
   The cost of this local plan so far is £1,540,000 ->> rising to £1,950,000 or probably higher

   The Council has spend £2million on a Sales Brochure and in another has quote Cut Services by
Burnley Council Local Plan 2016 - the council is still trying to fix their badly crafted £2miilion Local Plan that is now 2 years overdue.
We did a bit more analysis of why Burnley Council are taking the stance that the town needs 2700 new houses on top of the 2850 empty properties. If the Council can increase the population then they are eligible for a larger share of the Government (Rate) Support Grant.
2700 new houses equates to 10,000+ rise in the towns population which has been shrinking a rate of 250 / year over the past 10 years, the influx would gain them another 12%-15% more Grant Money on top of the upwards of up to £20-30million they hope to get from Grants from Central Government Grants for New Houses being built.
Funding from central government
The biggest single amount that local government receives is from central government. This is made up from ‘specific’ grants (54%), and a general grant (7%) for local authorities and the police:
Specific grants are provided by central government to pay directly for individual services, such as running schools and helping vulnerable people with their housing and accommodation needs. Local authorities and schools would normally only spend this allocated grant money on the specified purposes.
A general grant is also paid by central government to local authorities. This is known as the Revenue Support Grant or Formula Grant. Formula Grant is largely funded by local business rates income (which is ultimately collected for central government). General grant and business rates are added together to make up the Formula Grant, which is then distributed to local authorities using a complex formula.
Limits on council spending
The Government exerts pressures on local councils to invest in and improve their public services, and also to limit their spending so that budgets do not increase in an unreasonable manner.
The Government requires local councils to provide services to national standards. If it considers that standards are not being achieved then the local council needs to invest in that service, paid for by reducing other services or by additional council tax.
The Government has previously held wide-ranging powers to limit or ‘cap’ increases in council tax. It is now planning legislation to hand over these powers and to instead require local authorities to hold a local referendum if they seek to set, in its view, an excessive council tax increase.

Cost of Local Plan slammed by former MP

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