Details of the six 100% business rates retention pilots due to start in April have been published.
Greater Manchester is the only pilot where the councils involved will see the public health budget rolled into their funding baselines, despite other areas also requesting it in discussions with government.
The area’s combined authority is also set to receive highways and transport funding worth £43m directly from the business rates pot, as is the West of England Combined Authority which will get £17m.
Cornwall will receive highways funding of £26m as well as £3.2m rural grant funding.
In the Liverpool City Region, the £9m improved better care fund money will be funded from business rates, however the West Midlands will not receive control of any additional funding in the first year of the pilot so its settlement funding remains the same.
No details in relation to Surrey’s proposed pilot from 2018-19 were published alongside the finance settlement Monday evening. Surrey CC’s settlement funding and core spending power remained unchanged, despite claims that the government reached a “sweetheart deal” with the county which was threatening to hold a council tax referendum.
However, communities secretary Sajid Javid said in his speech that he would be inviting “all councils to apply to participate in piloting” 100% rates retention from April 2018. “We will be publishing more information about this process shortly,” he said.