CIEH welcomes thoughts on DCLG’s business rates consultation

CIEH is getting ready to submit a response to DCLG’s latest consultation and is welcoming input from the environmental health workforce on the subject of local government business rates. 

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DCLG’s consultation Self-sufficient local government: 100% Business Rates Retention was initially launched at the beginning of July and the Government is seeking views on their commitment to allow local government to retain 100% of the business rates that they raise locally.

The consultation closes on 26 September 2016 and while much of the consultation is concerned with the operation of local government financial provisions, it also considers the funding of local services and the funding needs of local authorities.

Significantly for CIEH, there is specific reference to the Public Health Grant which provides funding for the discharge of public health functions defined in section 73(B)(2) of the National Health Service Act 2006.

The ring-fence on the public health grant will be maintained in 2016-17 and 2017-18 but the consultation states that : “Further consideration will be needed on how best to promote stability and improvements in public health from the proposed new funding arrangements.“

At the same time as encouraging its members to respond individually, CIEH intends to submit its own response considering that the consultation is concerned with the provision and funding of services relating to environmental health/public health.

CIEH will be prioritising a response to questions 1-12, 14, 32 and 33 and is urgently seeking the views of members to help formulate a robust response.

If you would like to contribute to CIEH’s response, please email Tony Lewis before Friday 16 September with questions on what you can submit or your final thoughts looking at the question specifically outlined above.

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