How should local government be funded?
Local government finances are in a period of great uncertainty. The removal of the Revenue Support Grant and localisation of business rates represent a major departure in the funding of local services and raise big questions about fair and sustainable financing for local government. Discussions about further fiscal devolution are ongoing but so far there hasn’t been much movement towards this goal. Local authorities are being asked to take a greater role in local economic life but after years of relying on central government funding and policy, what new skills might they need to cultivate to meet this challenge?
Through this programme of research, we will seek to answer the following questions.
- What does a sustainable funding system look like for local government?
- What should greater fiscal devolution look like?
- Can and should councils be more entrepreneurial?
- How can councils best support local growth?
- LGiU Network on the Future of Local Democracy, a series of four events with Leaders and Chief Executives, followed by publication in Autumn
- How to… Guide Series on Local Government Finance and Local Economic Growth
- Part 1: How to… Guide to Crowdfunding for Local Authorities
- 2017 Local Government Finance Survey
- Report: Building a vibrant night time economy
- Future Local Part 4: A taxing issue
- Future Local Part 6: At the centre of local economic life
- Briefing series on 100% Business Rate Retention consultation (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) [Members only]
- Briefing: 2017 business rates revaluation [Members only]
- 2016 Local Government Finance Survey
- Essential Guide: Financial Sustainability
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