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Lyons Inquiry report into local government funding delayed

07 December 2006

The Lyons Inquiry report into local government funding, expected to propose the introduction of a bed tax, has been delayed until next spring.

Sir Michael Lyons' report was due to be published this month but it will now not appear until the time of 2007's Budget in March.

But, according to the announcement, the report has been delayed because Chancellor Gordon Brown and local government minister Ruth Kelly have asked Lyons to consider the implications of the Eddington report on transport, the Barker report on planning and the Leitch review on skills.

Lyons will also use the opportunity to "further refine and polish his recommendations in his final report".

"I welcome this new opportunity to reflect on the recommendations contained within the Eddington, Leitch and Barker Reviews," he said.

"Economic prosperity is a central theme to my Inquiry and this extension puts me in a unique position to ensure that my final recommendations reflect the latest thinking in this field, as well as ensuring that the recommendations from these reviews enable local government to make the most powerful and effective contribution to future economic prosperity and infrastructure."

Lyons intends to publish a short discussion document on 11 December 2006 seeking views on the key areas in which the recommendations of the above reviews have implications for local government.

Responses to this discussion document will feed into a series of round-table discussions to be held in the New Year.

By Dan Thomas

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E-mail your comments to Daniel Thomas](mailto:Daniel.Thomas@rbi.co.uk?subject=Lyons report delayed until spring) here.

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