The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government hopes to be able to publish the finance settlement on Thursday, LGC understands.
There were concerns the outcome of the leadership challenge to prime minister Theresa May could have further delayed the settlement and pushed into next week. However, Ms May survived the confidence vote with 200 votes to 117.
The finance settlement had been due to be published on 6 December. However, that was delayed ahead of the planned ‘meaningful vote’ on Brexit. That vote was due to take place last night but it was deferred by Ms May on Monday.
There has been much anger and annoyance among senior figures within the sector about the delay to the finance settlement’s publication.
Local Government Finance Settlement delayed! Like business, city, town + local government leaders need certainty so we can plan: homes, transport solutions, services. The displacement of all else by Brexit, the uncertainty, the incompetence undermines delivery. We need change. MR https://t.co/7paXJBAYCy— Marvin Rees (@MarvinJRees) December 11, 2018
Don’t worry folks , #localgov aka the people running the country , providing the services communities rely on every day will be hard at it again today ,focussed on doing the right thing by the people they serve . As ever , the order of the day is #CrackOn pic.twitter.com/OMIxX7be5E— Jo miller (@jomillerdonny) December 12, 2018
The latest a finance settlement has been delivered is 19 December. That happened last year (for the 2018-19 settlement) and in 2012 (for the 2013-14 settlement).
Parliament breaks up for Christmas on 20 December.