This briefing is to introduce our new councillors to our briefings service and to some of the key issues we are covering currently. It could be useful to more long-standing councillors as well of course and to officers involved in induction.
This briefing describes the changes to how IR35 are being applied from April 6 2017 in relation to public authorities and the government’s rationale for the changes, as well as some of the issues and objections which have been raised by various local government umbrella organisations and sector interest groups.
The Local Government Finance Bill 2017 includes measures relating to business rate reliefs, business rate retention, multiplier flexibilities, the annual finance settlement, and council tax referenda. This briefing summarises the contents of the original Bill and amendments voted on and passed in its Committee Stage in the House of Commons.
How can local government make the most of the current situation and build a collective case for meaningful change in how England is governed? LGiU is working with the James Madison Charitable Trust to establish a high level Network made up of local government leaders…
- 28 Mar 2017, 12:00–12:00
- LGiU Office, 251 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9NG
The Commons Committee for Culture, Media and Sport has published a report on funding outside London, examining the impact of local government cuts on cultural provision at local and regional levels. It also looks at the development of new commercial practices and local responses to the withdrawal of public funding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.