Cllr David Hodge welcomes Sajid Javid's announcement on the Attendance Allowance

Cllr David Hodge

I am this writing shortly after Sajid Javid attendance at January's Councillors' Forum. It was great to welcome Sajid to the Forum and I know that colleagues from all parties were pleased to have the opportunity to hear from the Secretary of State and to ask questions across a range of subjects.

In his speech, Sajid announced that as part of the reforms associated with the localisation of business rates responsibility for administering the Attendance Allowance for older people will not be transferred to councils.

This is a significant win for the LGA as we have consistently argued that it would have accounted for the majority of the extra business rates income kept by local government and created a significant cost pressure for councils.

Whilst strongly welcoming this announcement, I will continue to lobby strongly on other issues of concern to our member councils in the run-up to the Budget.

In particular, I remain focused on the crisis in adult social care and the implications of the proposed reforms to New Homes Bonus funding, which will have a particularly adverse impact on district councils as well as making it harder for councils to deliver new homes. In the longer term, we must ensure that the Fair Funding Review associated with the localisation of business rates lives up to its name.

24 January 2017