EXCLUSIVE: Government knew provisional settlement was wrong

By Dan Peters | 24 January 2018

Whitehall officials rushed out the provisional local government finance settlement days before Christmas despite knowing the figures it was based on were wrong, The MJ has learnt.

Last week, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) admitted it would have to rip up the provisional settlement after the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) updated tables on its website, blaming a ‘fault in the process used to extract data’.

Want full article access?

Receive The MJ magazine each week and gain access to all the content on this website with a subscription.

Full website content includes additional, exclusive commentary and analysis on the issues affecting local government.


Already a subscriber? Login

Budgets and efficiency Whitehall Finance Local Government Association London Councils Politics Business rates MHCLG Chief executives NAO Finance Settlement Gary Porter