Provisional local government finance settlement: England, 2016 to 2017 and future years

This collection brings together all documents relating to the provisional local government finance settlement: England, 2016 to 2017.

The local government finance settlement is the annual determination of funding to local government. It needs to be approved by the House of Commons.

This collection covers the provisional local government finance settlement for 2016 to 2017. The final 2016 to 2017 settlement will be laid before the House of Commons in February 2016.


This section contains the statement made to Parliament by the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP on 17 December 2015.

The consultation document outlines the government’s approach in allocating funding for the local government finance settlement and seeks views by 15 January 2016.

The department has also produced a draft equality statement to accompany the local government finance settlement.

Core spending power of local authorities in 2016 to 2017

Core spending power measures the core revenue funding available for local authority services, including Council Tax and locally retained business rates. This section has:

  • an explanatory note, which sets out the methodology used to calculate core spending power in 2016 to 2017

  • a summary table, which shows the change in core spending power over the Spending Review period, year-on-year changes and core spending power per dwelling

  • supporting information, which shows the component figures (from Council Tax, locally retained business rates and so on) which are included in core spending power for each local authority for 2016 to 2017

  • supporting tables, showing funding elements which have been kept visible

Provisional settlement 2016 to 2017

This section contains useful information for those interpreting the provisional local government finance settlement for 2016 to 2017, including:

  • the draft local government finance report 2016 to 2017

  • key information for local authorities and non-domestic rates pools

  • breakdowns of the derivation of the national total for revenue support grant and the settlement funding assessment calculation model

  1. Local government finance settlement 2016 to 2017: August data letter
  2. Council Tax in 2016 to 2017
  3. New Homes Bonus provisional allocations 2016 to 2017
  4. New Homes Bonus calculator
  5. New Homes Bonus: sharpening the incentive: technical consultation
  6. Guidance on flexible use of capital receipts
Published 5 August 2015