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Discretionary Services

October 22, 2001

Question written on 22/10/2001

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (1) if he will work with the Local Government Association in identifying discretionary services for which the Government would be prepared to give local authorities t

Answered by Alan Whitehead

In the Green Paper “Modernising Local Government Finance” (September 2000) we stated our intention to legislate to enable authorities to charge for discretionary services, including those provided under the Local Government Act 2000 to promote the well being of their areas. We are working with the Local Government Association in determining the scope of this new freedom to charge. The forthcoming Local Government White Paper will set out how this will be taken forward.