7 February 2002

Q11 Alison Halford:

Will the Minister update us on the discussions that she is having with local authorities to combat budget underspending? (OAQ15504) Transferred for written answer under the Minister’s local government portfolio.


Edwina Hart:

The Assembly collects information on authorities’ budgeted expenditure and their out-turns, to inform the standard spending assessment formula for the annual settlement and to create and improve performance indicators, as well as providing indicators of local government spending and priorities. However, budget management, including budget underspend, is a matter for individual local authorities, not the Assembly.

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