This item applies in England only.
The Government has announced the provisional local government finance settlement for 2021/22. As part of that it has confirmed that it does not propose to apply ‘referendum principles’ to parish and town councils for 2021/22. The Government’s statement (at paragraph 3.5.3 of the consultation document) is:
‘In expectation that parish and town councils continue to show restraint when setting council tax precept levels, the Government proposes to continue with no referendum principles for town and parish councils in 2021/22. The Government will take careful account of the increases set by parishes in 2021/22 when reviewing the matter ahead of next year’s settlement.’