their resources, local government minister Hilary Armstrong announced today.
The introduction of the single capital pot in 2002/2003 will also
allow local authorities to be more flexible and make it easier for
Around£2bn will be distributed through the single pot in its first year.
Announcing a consultation exercise on the details of ministers'
proposals, Hilary Armstrong said: 'The government wants to see a clear and transparent funding process which rewards strategic planning and good performance and strikes a balance between local decision-making and the need to meet national priorities.
'The single pot will allow councils to decide how they can best deliver the services their communities need. They will be able to
plan ahead and manage their assets more efficiently, thanks to greater predictability in funding levels.'
1. The white paper Modern local government - in touch with the people
promised a new cross-service allocation for the bulk of central
government capital support to local authorities - a single capital
2. Since then, research has been undertaken into the measurement of
relative need for capital expenditure, and into the measurement of
performance in asset management, and the development of asset
management plans in local government. Work has been continuing in
consultation with the Local Government Association and other
3. The consultation will cover ministers' proposals on the timing of
the introduction of the single pot; the coverage and scale of
resources to be contributed in early years; the broad allocation
mechanism; and the proposed arrangements for making the assessments
of councils' performance, and to invite comments on proposals for
putting into effect ministers' decisions.