This briefing considers funding to local government until 2019/20, in light of the Autumn Statement and Spending Review 2015 and the provisional local government finance settlement 2016/17. It is the second of a pair of briefings; the first one looked at the national picture, while this looks at distributional issues.
The Spending Review 2015 was announced on 25 November and the provisional local government finance settlement on 17 December 2015. This briefing draws on both to consider funding to local government until 2019/20. This briefing focuses on the national picture, while a forthcoming companion briefing will look at distributional issues.
We are looking back here to 2015 - the briefings represented give some idea of the wide range of issues covered, but also highlight key themes, and point to what will be dominant in 2016.
This briefing describes how local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales receive their income and what it is spent on. It focuses on general revenue financing. By way of illustration, figures are provided for 2013-14. The briefing explains the role of the Scottish and Welsh Governments in the funding process.
This briefing looks at the major challenges facing local government in contributing to the government's ambition for three million new apprenticeships in England to 2020; but also the opportunities to shape and delivery manage this important element of the skills and employment system.
On 16 March 2015, the government published a discussion paper as the first stage of a new review of business rates. Responses to this discussion paper are requested by 12 June 2015. This briefing places the paper in context, summarises its contents and comments on them.
This briefing summarises and comments on two publications: a report on service transformation published by the Service Transformation Challenge Panel in November 2014, and the Government's response to it published in March 2015.
Our full analysis of the 2015 LGiU/MJ survey results on the state of local government finance. Jonathan Carr-West provides his commentary.
This briefing analyses the provisional local government finance settlement for 2015/16 and the final settlement. The settlements follow an indicative settlement, published with the local government finance settlement for 2014/15 and technical consultations in both 2013 and 2014.
This briefing summarises a National Audit Office report called "Financial sustainability of local authorities 2014", regarding the financial stresses faced by local authorities. The briefing also examines the Department of Communities and Local Government's responses to this data and whether they sufficiently identify how close local authorities are to financial…