New Homes Bonus
Districts call for new homes bonus certainty
District councils have called for long-term certainty over the future of the dwindling new homes bonus (NHB).
This provisional settlement makes the job of districts harder
The Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement falls short of what district councils need and leaves funding gaps that undermine the ability to deliver essential services, says Cllr Sharon Taylor.
This settlement is very much a stop gap
Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton of SIGOMA says a ‘stopgap’ settlement with a welcome funding boost needs to be followed by a fair funding review that supports the Government’s levelling up agenda.
The problems with the finance settlement
Ian Miller examines the risks and uncertainties for districts in the provisional settlement, and lists the uncomfortable topics he says ‘cannot be avoided for much longer’.
Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig need to cut Peppa Pig some slack
Did the secretary of state Michael Gove signal last week that some functions or powers are going to be stripped away from districts and gifted to elected mayors, asks Ian Miller.
We now need certainty on cash in the medium term
We've had the Spending Review, but for Dan Bates, having certainty in the medium-term is just as important as the allocations themselves. He adds: 'That certainty extends to New Homes Bonus and business rates growth reset.'
Cash is welcome but not the only answer
The funding for local government revealed by the chancellor in last week’s Spending Review is welcome – but it does not come close to addressing the financial woes of districts, says Cllr Sharon Taylor.
The power of quiet diplomacy
Outgoing chair of the District Councils’ Network, Cllr John Fuller, talks to Martin Ford about his legacy. He says districts showed their mettle during COVID and are best placed to deliver the levelling up agenda.
Future funding for local government has never been so uncertain
Many will be hoping that big ministerial changes will mean progress on big issues including levelling up, says Dan Bates. But he would settle for more clarity in one key area for local government.
Call to scrap ‘arbitrary’ New Homes Bonus
A county council has called for the New Homes Bonus to be dropped altogether in a withering response to a government consultation.
Planners back districts to keep homes bonus
Planners have backed district councils to keep the lion’s share of New Homes Bonus (NHB) in response to a consultation on the funding pot’s future.
Districts to warn government over New Homes Bonus changes
District councils are expected to urge the Government not to mess with a scheme that acts as a ‘powerful incentive’ to build new homes.
The search for answers on housing delivery
The consultation on the replacement to the New Homes Bonus does not shed any light on how the Government intends to resolve the tricky balancing act between growth incentives and local needs, says Adrian Jenkins.
Uncertain future for New Homes Bonus
Raising the baseline and withholding payments for councils without local plans are among a range of options in the Government’s consultation on the New Homes Bonus.
Exclusive: Districts face financial 'cliff edge'
Districts face a ‘fiscal cliff edge of up to £524.1m after 2020/21 from lost business rates revenue gains and the end of New Homes Bonus, council treasurers have been warned.
Districts need more certainty on funding
We need a better idea of proposals and transitional arrangements on New Homes Bonus and business rates, says Simone Hines - and the recent extension of various business rates reliefs are raising tricky questions, she adds.
Jenrick hails 'biggest multi-billion pound spending increase in a decade'
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed what he describes as the ‘biggest multi-billion pound spending increase for councils in a decade’.
Hull’s proactive approach to housing
Trish Dalby outlines how Hull City Council is meeting housing need through a proactive and partnership approach.
Seven Ways to ‘Fix’ £billions of Government Grant Money
Over eight years the local government funding formula has shifted money from poor to rich, from North to South, from inner to outer London and from urban to rural areas, says Cllr Graham Chapman. ‘The poorer the area the more it has lost.’
Spending Round still leaves uncertainties
The proposed threshold of 2% for referenda on 'excessive' council tax increases is a retrograde step, when the principle was 3% for the current financial year, says Ian Miller.