Local Government Finance Bill — New Clause 11 — Central Government Funding of Full Costs of Council Tax Reduction Schemes — 31 Jan 2012 at 22:00
The majority of MPs voted against requiring central government reimbursing local councils for the full costs of their council tax reduction schemes for people in financial need.
The text of the new clause proposed for the Local Government Finance Bill which was rejected in this vote was:
- The Secretary of State shall be required to pay an additional grant to a local authority if, at the end of any financial year, the total expenditure incurred by the authority under any scheme approved pursuant to Schedule 4 of this Act is greater than the amount of grant received from the Secretary of State to fund the scheme. The amount paid to the authority shall be the difference between the sum originally received and the total cost to the authority of the scheme.’.
Schedule 4 of the Local Government Finance Bill contained a series of amendments to the law relating to the introduction of council tax reduction schemes.
Other provisions in the Bill replaced the council tax benefit with schemes for local councils to reduce council tax (including reducing it to nil) for those in financial need.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Local Government Finance Bill
-  Schedule 4 of the Local Government Finance Bill
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||247 (+1 tell)||0||0||81.0%|
|Lab||0||221 (+2 tell)||0||86.4%|
|LDem||45 (+1 tell)||1||0||82.5%|
|Mike Hancock||Portsmouth South||whilst LDem (front bench)||aye|