Provisional local government finance settlement: England, 2019 to 2020

This collection brings together all documents relating to the provisional local government finance settlement: England, 2019 to 2020.

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 2019 to 2020. The final 2019 to 2020 settlement will be laid before the House of Commons in early 2019.


This section contains the statement made to Parliament by the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP on 13 December 2018.

It also includes the consultation document, which outlines the government’s approach in allocating funding for the local government finance settlement and seeks views by 10 January 2019.

The department has produced an accompanying draft equality statement.

Provisional settlement 2019 to 2020

This section contains useful information for those interpreting the provisional local government finance settlement for 2019 to 2020, including:

  • the draft local government finance report
  • key information for local authorities
  • key information for pools
  • supplementary table for pilots
  • breakdown of the settlement funding assessment calculation model
  • an explanatory note on the 2019 to 2020 business rates retention pilot schemes

Core spending power of local authorities 2019 to 2020

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
  • 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
  1. Local government finance settlement 2019 to 2020: technical consultation
  2. Draft Council Tax reports 2019 to 2020
  3. Core spending power: visible lines of funding 2019 to 2020
  4. New Homes Bonus provisional allocations 2019 to 2020
  5. New Homes Bonus calculator 2019 to 2020
  6. Social Care Support Grant allocations for 2019 to 2020
  7. Winter Pressures Grant allocations for 2019 to 2020
  8. Levy account surplus allocations for 2019 to 2020
  9. Negative Revenue Support Grant for 2019 to 2020
  10. Review of local authorities’ relative needs and resources
  11. Business rates retention reform
Published 13 December 2018