Winchester MP Welcomes Rates Deal


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Winchester MP welcomes rates deal from George Osborne – Steve Brine has welcomed Chancellor George Osborne’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester at which he effectively told Winchester City Council: “attract a business and you attract more money.”

In what he termed as the “biggest transfer of power to our local government in living memory”, he told the hall that he was going to allow local government to keep the rates they collect from business. He said he would give councils “extra power and responsibilities for running their communities.”

Winchester’s MP Steve Brine says he has heard questions about business rates from constituents on more than one occasion: “The issue of business rates is something that has come up many times when I have canvassed traders across Winchester & Chandler’s Ford, and this really is a radical change. For me, allowing local government to keep the rates they collect from business while giving councils the power to cut business rates to boost growth is very much the right thing to do.

“Fixing the current broken system of financing local government will be a huge boost to local growth, helping to attract even more business and creating even more jobs locally and I look forward to seeing more details in the Spending Review.”

Winchester MP Welcomes Rates Deal – City Council Reaction

The Leader of Winchester City Council, Stephen Godfrey also told Winchester Today that there’s no need for Whitehall to be involved in the collection and distribution of local money: “I am delighted that the Chancellor has acknowledged the benefits of our long-held desire for funding of public services being controlled nearer to where the money is raised and spent.

“Winchester City Council, like other local authorities, is looking at many different ways to fund and deliver the services that its residents need in the most efficient way possible.  We look forward to receiving the details of this proposal in due course.”