Ministers pressed on business rates plan

011215 Treasury Questions

Jo Cox raises concerns with Treasury ministers

Concerns about how much income Kirklees Council will lose due to government changes to the way local government is funded were raised with ministers this week.

Kirklees estimates it will lose £32million a year when the government allows councils to keep the business rates they collect. But the grant from Whitehall will cease and this, in Kirklees’s case, is topped up by redistributing money from more affluent local authorities.

Jo Cox MP raised the question with Treasury ministers in the House of Commons yesterday. You can watch the exchange by clicking here.

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