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Business Rates Review discussion paper

June 3, 2015

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.


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Service Transformation Challenge Panel

May 13, 2015

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.


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Local Government Finance Settlement 2015/16: Analysis

February 11, 2015

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.


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NAO – Financial sustainability of local authorities 2014

January 13, 2015

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…


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City Energy: A new powerhouse for Britain

October 7, 2014

This report by the IPPR encourages cities to engage in the energy supply market directly- by stimulating local distributed energy generation, and to invest in low-carbon infrastructure through, especially, their pension funds. It argues that the current energy market model is failing and local authorities can create new revenue streams…


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NAO report – Assurance to Parliament on local government funding

July 31, 2014

On 25 June, the National Audit Office (NAO) published a report “Local government funding: Assurance to Parliament”. The report examines funding granted to local authorities in 2013-14, considering the mechanisms in place to ensure value for money and that it is spent legally and “regularly” (including considering conditions attached to…


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Mending the Fractured Economy: the final report of the Adonis Review

July 14, 2014

In 2013, Labour peer and former Minister Lord Adonis launched a wide-ranging review of industrial policy to inform the Labour Party’s manifesto for the 2015 General Election. The final report of the Adonis Review, supported by the Policy Network think tank, was published on 1st July 2014 and included a…


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Pension Funds – Structural Reform

June 30, 2014

This briefing is the second of a pair of briefings on current and recent developments in pension funds. It describes the structural reform programme, currently being led by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), covering: * The current government consultation on structural reform of the Local Government Pension…


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Update on Council Tax Support

March 19, 2014

This is the latest in a series of briefings on local Council Tax Support (CTS) schemes. It focuses mostly on a short report produced by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on March 11. The PAC took evidence from the DCLG, but also built on evidence in a report published in…


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