Local government lawyers identify some of the key measures Influence local governments and related sectors From Treasury Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s Fall Statement.
Source: UK Treasury Autumn 2022 Statement issued on 17 November 2022.
Devolution and Level Up
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New Delegation Deal – The Government has agreed a new Mayoral Devolution Agreement with Suffolk County Council and will soon agree a Mayoral Contract with Cornwall County Council and an expanded Mayoral Contract with local authorities in the North East of England. We are also on track to finalize a contract with the Norfolk County Council. If an agreement is reached, putting these arrangements together would increase the proportion of people living under a devolved and directly elected mayor in England to over 50% of his.
Trailblazer Devolution Trading – The government will provide a leveling-up white paper commitment to sign a new ‘pioneer’ delegation agreement with the Greater Manchester and West Midlands Union Authority by early 2023. In areas such as skills, transport and housing, including consolidating funds. These “pioneer” deals act as blueprints for other fields to follow.
Single Settlement for Mayors Joint Authority – As part of the groundbreaking deal negotiations, the Government will explore the possibility of offering a single sector-style settlement at the next appropriation review with Greater Manchester United Corporation and West Midlands United Corporation. This could give local partners more flexibility and accountability to the main economic growth fund, away from the competitive bidding process. Subject to the development of these discussions, the Government will consider the eligibility of other mayoral complexes for these settlements, bearing in mind the need to ensure that adequate accountability structures are in place. increase.
level up fund – At least £1.7 billion will be allocated to priority rural infrastructure projects in the second round of Leveling Up Funds. The winning bid will be announced by the end of the year.
investment zone – The government will refocus its investment regional program to catalyze a limited number of high-potential clusters in collaboration with local stakeholders, which will be announced in the coming months. It’s a schedule. Therefore, existing expressions of interest are not carried over.
parliamentary tax flexibility – The government is giving England’s local authorities more flexibility in setting local taxes by increasing the referendum local tax increase limit to 3% annually from April 2023. Up to 2% annual social care precept. This will give local governments more flexibility in setting their tax levels based on their local needs, resources and priorities, including adult social care.
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Increased central government adult social care and hospital discharge funds – The government will invest £1bn of additional central government money in England in 2023-24, increasing to £1.7bn in 2024-25 to get people out of hospital on time and social Make sure you get care. £600m in 2023-24 and £1bn in 2024-25 will be allocated through the Better Care Fund. The rest of his £400m will go to his 2023-24 year and £680m will go to local authorities for his 2024-25 adult social care grant with a ring fence to help with discharge distributed through
Reform of adult social insurance premiums in local governments – The government has made the difficult decision to postpone the nationwide rollout of the social security contribution reform from October 2023 to October 2025 in response to local government concerns. Funding for implementation will be maintained within the local government so that the local government can deal with current adults. Social care pressure. This is allocated in local government financial settlements through social care grants.
NHS funds – The Government will provide £3.3bn in additional funding each year over the next two years to meet the significant financial pressures facing the UK NHS and to improve the performance of emergency, elective and primary care. Allows for rapid action.
Integrative Medicine Board Review – The government has asked former Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt to oversee the UK’s Commission on Integrative Medicine and lead an independent review on how best to exercise autonomy and accountability.
NHS workforce planning – The government is releasing a comprehensive NHS workforce plan next year, including independently verified workforce projections. This includes measures to engage doctors, nurses and allied health professionals in the workforce and maximize training to increase workforce productivity and retention.
Core school budget increases – The government has decided to increase core school budgets by £2.3bn in 2023-24 and a further £2.3bn in 2024-25. After adjusting the budget for the 2021 Expenditure Review to eliminate employer compensation for the cost of health insurance and social security taxes, this would result in a total core school budget of £58.8bn over 2024-2025. £2 billion more than the published budget. In Spending Review 2021.
Maximum rent for public housing – The government is helping people living in public housing in the UK pay for themselves by limiting rent increases. Under current rules, rents could rise by up to 11.1%, but from 2023 he can only rise by up to 7% in 2024. This will save the average tenant in the social rental sector £200 next year, or around £630m across government over five years.
overall package – From 1 April 2023, the England business tariff will be updated to reflect changes in property values since the last revaluation in 2017. A package of targeted support valued at £13.6 billion over the next five years to support businesses as they transition to new businesses. Protecting businesses from the full impact of bills, inflation and supporting our high street. UK Local Authorities will “be fully compensated for any loss of income as a result of these business tariff measures and will receive additional funding for administrative and IT costs”.
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Relief – Extending support for eligible retail, hospitality and leisure businesses, reducing the business rate from 50% to 75% for up to £110,000 per business in 2023-24.