部長就高額的 "風險 "債務問題致函薩里郡議會

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部長就高額的 "風險 "債務問題致函薩里郡議會

擬議的新權力將允許國務卿在出現問題時 "直接採取行動"。

負責平等和平等事務的國務部長巴德諾克女士在信中說,這些擔憂是由於 "不成比例的債務水平、過度依賴商業收入或追求新奇和高風險的投資"。

她說,這三個議會 "可能屬於"《平等和再生法案》下擬議的新權力的範圍,並呼籲與她的官員討論,以商定可能需要採取的行動。

斯佩爾索恩說,這些資產產生的收入超過了其年度融資的舒適度,它不認為議會有無法支付債務償還的風險。

同時,根據地方民主報告服務,沃金為其7億英鎊的維多利亞廣場開發項目借款,相對於其規模,其商業債務水平是最高的。

首席執行官朱莉-費舍爾說,議會正在 "與平準化、住房和社區部合作,協助他們了解我們的地方借貸和投資做法"。

Runnymede的一位發言人說,"沒有任何跡象表明 "正在對該委員會採取任何行動。

他說。"我們很滿意,我們有一個投資組合,為我們的居民工作得很好,這使我們能夠通過Addlestone One開發、Magna廣場和Egham Orbit休閒中心實現近2億英鎊的再生。"


Proposed new powers would allow the secretary of state to take "action directly", if there are concerns.

In her letter, Ms Badenoch, minister of state for equalities and levelling up, said the concerns were due to "disproportionate levels of debt, over-reliance on commercial income or pursuing novel and risky investments".

She said the three councils were "likely to fall within the scope" of the proposed new powers under the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, and called for discussions with her officials to agree what action might need to be taken.

Spelthorne says the income generated by the assets more than comfortably covered their annual financing and it did not believe the council was at risk of not being able to cover debt repayments.

Meanwhile, Woking, which has borrowed for its £700m Victoria Square development, has the highest level of commercial debt of any authority relative to its size, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Chief executive, Julie Fisher, said the council was "working with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to assist them in understanding our local borrowing and investment practices".

A spokesman for Runnymede said there was "no hint of any action" being taken against the council.

He said: "We are content that we have a portfolio of investments that are working well for our residents and which have enabled us to deliver nearly £200m of regeneration through the Addlestone One development, Magna Square and the Egham Orbit Leisure Centre."

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