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.
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.
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.