Scrapping the Levy brings together ACE’s analysis of more than 348 individual freedom of information requests to councils and local authorities in England and Wales into the take-up and use of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
The levy was introduced in 2010 to help local councils secure the revenue needed to meet the impact of new property developments – for example improving local transport links or helping to build new schools or GP surgeries.
Our analysis shows that despite raising more than £1.1 billion for councils across England and Wales between 2014 and July 2018, £443 million remains unspent and is currently sitting in council bank accounts.
Download the report below. Alternatively read our press release.
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Please note that following the report's release a number of councils got in touch to clarify some of the figures we published which led to us re-examine all of the data we collected via Freedom of Information requests. This exercise raised some anomalies which led us to review and modify our spreadsheet, notably clarifying issues around cumulative and year-on-year totals. The report, press release and news item on our site have now all been updated with the correct figures.