Dec 20 2012 By Ian Proctor
HARROW will be given a Government funding of just over £86million while Brent is to receive £193million from next April, it has been announced.
The Department of Communities and Local Government released today the sums to be given to each council for 2013/14 which provides the main source of income, aside from council tax and the revenue generated by council themselves, to help pay for providing local public services.
Eric Pickles, secretary of state for communities and local government, told the House of Commons this morning: "This is a fair settlement – fair to north and south, rural and urban, shire and metropolitan England."
It appears Harrow Council is to get £86.8million - about £200,000 shy of what the council had budgeted for in its draft 2013/14 budget released a week ago - while Brent Council earns £193million, a whopping £40million higher than the £152million the authority predicted in its draft 2013/14 budget.
Councillor Sachin Shah (Labour), Harrow Council's portfolio holder for finance, said: “We expected it to be bad but at first viewing it is worse than anticipated and we are currently working through the detail to fully understand the implications for Harrow Council and our residents.”
The bulk of the settlement is comprised of a revenue support grant designed to reflect the needs of each borough's population while the remainder are specific grants to tackle Government priorities such as homelessness, flooding and helping disadvantaged young children.
It also includes a grant to compensate councils if they agree to another year's council tax freeze - but Harrow Council would lose this £1.5million because it is proposing a 2 per cent increase.