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Local Government: Borrowing

Question for Treasury

UIN HL13393, tabled on 4 February 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government which ten local authorities borrowed the most from the Public Works Loan Board for investment in commercial properties in each of the financial years since and including 2014–15.

Answered on

18 February 2019

The Public Works Loans Board has no role in monitoring local authority activities. Under the prudential regime, decisions on borrowing are devolved to local authorities who are democratically accountable to their electorates. Information about the purpose of PWLB loans is not centrally held.” The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has stewardship of the local government sector in England. Together with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), they maintain the statutory guidance on local authority borrowing and investment. In light of changes in local authority borrowing and investment patterns, CIPFA and MHCLG updated the prudential code and statutory guidance in 2018.

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Treasury