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Business rate reform could affect Attendance Allowance

11 July 2016

Self-sufficient local government: 100% Business Rates Retention consultation.

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This consultation seeks views on the government’s commitment to allow local government to retain 100% of the business rates that they raise locally.

Although this, potentially, gives local councils in England control of an additional £12.5 billion of revenue to spend on local services, councils will gain new responsibilities and some Whitehall grants will be phased out.

Following responses to the consultation, the Government will make decisions on the responsibilities that will be funded from retained business rates.

Responsibilities considered within the consultation include:

  • The devolution of Attendance Allowance to local authorities. Existing claimants would be protected. New responsibilities would be matched by the transfer of equivalent spending power.
  • The grant for former recipients of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) which compensates for the cost pressures caused by the closure of the ILF.
  • The Improved Better Care Fund which goes directly to local government to ensure that health and social care services work together to support older and vulnerable people.
  • Local Council Tax Support grant, including the element of Housing Benefit administrative grant for what are currently joint claims.

This consultation closes at 26 September 2016 12:00am.