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The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has published its “Green Budget” examining the challenges and choices confronting the Chancellor ahead of his Budget statement on 20 March. This briefing primarily addresses the outlook for public finances.
Current spending plans imply an average cut in public spending of one third across unprotected Whitehall departments by 2017-18.
In the meantime unprotected departments face in the final period of this Spending Review average additional cuts of 2.8% in their resource budgets, and 4.9% in capital spending in 2015-16.
In the case of local government, current trajectories imply a 3.4% cut in 2015-16 and 29.5% fall between 2010-11 and 2015-16.
While the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) separate ‘communities’ budget faces cuts of 7.2 %in 2015-16 and is predicted to fall by 70% between 2010-11 and 2015-16.
This briefing will be of interest to executive members, cabinet portfolio members and senior officers with responsibilities for finance.
The Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, yesterday addressed the All Party Parliamentary Group on Local Government on the issue of economic growth.
The CCLA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Financial Performance seeks to celebrate and reward councillors for delivering value for money and better outcomes for local people. In the current context this is more important than ever. With a 50 year …
The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, announced the Local Government Finance Settlement Consultation 2013/2014 to the House of Commons on Wednesday 19 December. Find out more here.
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, will announce the Local Government Finance Settlement 2013/14 on Wednesday 19th December.
This briefing on Whole Area and Community Budgets:
- describes the genesis of the community budget pilots,
- reviews the progress to date
- considers a number of major themes that are emerging from this work that will have huge significance for the future of local government as we approach the next spending review (expected 2015), almost regardless of the outcome of the specific pilots.
This briefing will be of interest to senior politicians, officials and our partners across the local government ‘family’, as well as specifically for policy officers involved in troubled families, partnership and neighbourhood working/collaborations. It is intended to revisit this issue with an additional briefing when the four whole area pilot business cases are released (expected October 31st), and in the aftermath of any Government response in the Autumn Statement (expected December 6th).
The failure of Icelandic banks shone a light on council’s investment policies as some local authorities lost money. Council spokespersons often responded; ‘we paid for this prestigious firm to advise us and they said.’ This is a key benefit of …
LGiU and CCLA are delighted to announce the winners of the C’llr Achievement Awards 2012. The Awards, hosted at Westminster City Council, have gone to the great and good of local government; those councillors who have gone the extra mile …
In February, LGiU published research we’ve conducted with local finance officers on the impact and implications of the Local Government Finance Bill. The full results can be found here. Some key findings are: 47% of councils thought they will lose financially through …
The LGiU and MJ council finances survey gives mixed reviews of how localist the government’s policies are and what the practical impact will be. A clear majority believe the government’s finance bill is decentralising, but around half are concerned that they …