Published: 8th Mar 2021

The government has agreed to let Croydon Council borrow up to £120m in the current financial year to help it get its finances back on track. Communities minister Luke Hall has written to the London borough, approving a capitalisation direction to balance this year’s budget. The government will allow borrowing of £120m – £70m for the financial year 2020-21 and £50m for 2021/22. The offer is conditional on the council delivering its renewal plans at pace and providing regular progress updates to the government-appointed improvement and assurance panel. The council formally wrote to the government in December last year to request a capitalisation direction to cover unprecedented budget pressures up to 2024. A capitalisation direction allows councils with budget pressures to charge revenue expenditure to capital, which is then paid back over an extended period. ‘We welcome this positive decision, reflecting government’s confidence in our robust plans and ability to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)