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Update: DCLG-LGA working groups on 100% Business Rate Retention

February 16, 2017

DCLG and LGA have set up working groups to consider details of the proposed 100% Business Rate Retention system. This briefing provides a digest of and comment on their work since the July 2016 consultation on the system, grouping the papers by issue.


Funding for Supported Housing – Consultation

February 8, 2017

The government has been consulting on the mechanics of a new system for funding supported housing. The proposals have been contentious. This briefing summarises the consultation and briefly comments on it.


2017-18 Local Government Finance Settlement

January 24, 2017

The provisional Local Government Finance Settlement was published on 15 December 2016. This briefing explains the contents of the LGFS and comments on them. It will be of particular in interest to finance officers and elected members with a finance portfolio, but may also have interest to a broader audience.


Financial Sustainability of Local Authorities: Capital Spending and Resourcing

January 16, 2017

This National Audit Office’s (NAO) analysis of local authority capital spending and resourcing, along with a follow up report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, (November 2016) fill important information gaps in the changing nature of local authority capital resourcing and spending.


Trends in Funding and Spending

January 2, 2017

DCLG released final Revenue Outturn (RO) data for 2015/16 on 17 November 2016. This briefing provides analysis on RO data over recent years, to identify trends. This analysis will be of interest to finance officers and councillors with finance responsibilities, from all tiers of local government.


Social care for older people: Home truths

October 11, 2016

This report by the Kings Fund and the Nuffield Trust considers changes in local authority spending on social care for older people within the context of pressures relating the NHS, finance, the workforce, demand for services and the viability of providers. It also makes radical suggestions for the future.


Consultation on 100% Business Rates Retention: needs & redistribution

September 14, 2016

In July 2016, the government published a consultation “Self-sufficient local government: 100% business rates retention”. This briefing is on the second of the two documents in this publication, "Business rates reform: Call for evidence on Needs and Redistribution". The call for evidence runs until Monday 26 September


Consultation on 100% Business Rates Retention: Flexibilities and practicalities

September 6, 2016

On 5 July 2016, the Government published a consultation “Self-sufficient local government: 100% business rates retention”. This briefing is the second of two on the main paper of this consultation, covering roughly the second half of the document, from page 28. The consultation runs until Monday 26 September.


Consultation on 100% Business Rates Retention: Devolution and Evolution

August 30, 2016

On 5 July, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published a consultation “Self-sufficient local government: 100% business rates retention”. This briefing is the first of two on the main paper of this consultation, covering the first 27 pages of the document. The consultation runs until Monday 26 September.


Improving Business Rates Retention – IPPR “Better Rates”

August 1, 2016

The IPPR report “Better Rates” looks ahead to the introduction of 100 per cent business rates retention, modelling potential outcomes for the policy, and identifies a weakness. This briefing summarises the report and looks at possible scenarios for this radical change.


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