The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has notified the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) that the appropriate sum for the purpose of section 137(4)(a) of the Local Government Act 1972 (the 1972 Act) for parish and town councils in England for 2020-21 is £8.32 per elector.
This is the amount as a result of increasing the amount of £8.12 for 2019-2020 by the percentage increase in the retail index between September 2018 and September 2019, in accordance with Schedule 12B to the 1072 Act.
Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, responded: “NALC welcomes this earlier than usual notification from the government about the increase to the level of Section 137 expenditure for local (parish and town) councils. This is important as Section 137 enables local councils to spend a limited amount of money for purposes for which they have no other specific statutory power, and will help England’s 10,000 local councils continue to build stronger communities.”
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