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The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has welcomed Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander’s announcement that the Government will reduce the interest rate offered to local authorities by the Public Work Loans Board.
In a speech to the Liberal Democrat Party Conference yesterday (18 September), Mr Alexander suggested that the reduction in the interest rate would support local growth and result in an additional £100m a year for councils to invest in housing.
Ian Carruthers, Policy and Technical Director at CIPFA, commented,
“Before last autumn’s surprise rate rise, most local authorities would have looked to the PWLB for the £13bn needed to implement housing finance reform. This reduction gives councils additional resources to address the housing crisis.”
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