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Boston delivers funding warning to Government

Boston Borough Council has been among a group of invited local authorities presenting evidence in Westminster to a House of Commons Select Committee about the impact withdrawal of central Government funding could have.

The Government has proposed that councils should be funded mainly from council tax income, service charges and 100 per cent of their business rates by 2020, when revenue support grant funding would cease. Currently councils keep half of the business rates they collect, the rest going to Government, but receive an annual revenue support grant, which has been reducing because of austerity measures.

Andy Hall, Boston Borough Council's Business Rates Assurance Manager, told the Communities and Local Government Committee that areas such as rural Lincolnshire would be disadvantaged because the main industries of agriculture and horticulture are not rated.

Andy spoke to Select Committee Members about the implications and potential solutions:

The inquiry is still ongoing and a consultation paper on the emerging proposals is now expected this Summer.