GP practices miss out on millions in funding from housing developments

Full story in Pulse 25 April 2018

A number of local authorities are failing to give GP surgeries a share of the infrastructure funding they receive from housing developers, a Pulse investigation can reveal.

Thirty-five councils that responded to Pulse’s freedom of information request said they collected a total of £61.5m from housing developers between 2013/14 and 2016/17 through the community infrastructure levy (CIL). The levy rate is set by councils and the money is intended to support local services, including medical facilities.

But none of the councils that responded has spent a single penny of these funds – generated from the construction of at least 18,400 homes – on GP practices. Thirteen said they had collected no CIL money at all so far.