To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the level of debt counselling and advice provided by local authorities in England in the most recent period for which that information is available.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
20 September 2021
The Department does not hold information on the level of debt counselling and advice provided by councils in England. In this year's settlement, the Government made available an increase in Core Spending Power in England from £49 billion in 2020-21 to up to £51.3 billion in 2021-22, a 4.6% increase in cash terms. This funding is largely unringfenced in recognition that local authorities are best placed to decide how to meet the needs of their local area, including the provision of debt counselling and advice.