§ 35. Sir John Farr
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will take steps to reappraise the grant-related expenditure system applicable to local authorities; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Chope
The Secretary of State considers options for changing grant-related expenditure assessments each year, in consultation with the local authority associations. His proposals for changes to the GRE system for 1987–88 were published in the consultation paper issued on 3 October, a copy of which is in the Library.
For the future, the Green Paper "Paying for Local Government" (Cmnd 9714) proposes a complete review of the system of local government needs assessment, with a view to making it less complex and more stable.