The new Committee for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published a report of an inquiry into finance for business, especially for small firms. It will be of interest to members and officers in local authorities engaged with local economic development, providing services, signposting, and support to local businesses.
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 briefing reports on key developments since the last briefing in July 2016, including information on a report by the PAC; progress of the Hybrid Bill for Phase One of HS2; the latest plans for Phase Two; and developments on high speed rail for the North of England and Scotland.
The Weekly Policy Summary (WPS) provides links to the week's policy briefings and lists briefings to be published over the next fortnight. The WPS also highlights LGiU news and events, as well as other events and DCLG activity.
The response to Louise Casey’s review into opportunity and integration in deprived and isolated communities was mixed. We summarise its key findings and consider the issues raised and critiques of the report.
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) inspects child protection services in individual police forces. This briefing is on the Metropolitan Police Service which, found that none of the borough or specialist teams were doing a good enough job, and that almost three-quarters of examined case files were found to require…
How can town and parish councils improve local accountability and deliver effective devolved services? We look here at the legislation affecting them and how there are many examples of innovative practice around service devolution and development. The governance and financial pressures parish and town councils can experience are also considered.
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.
LGiU News As we look ahead to the expected government white paper on housing next week, new research from LGiU and the National Trust shows that councillors are worried that local democracy is being undermined. We received coverage from The Times, Public Finance, Daily Mail and Inside Housing. Janet Sillett…
A number of inititiaves for young people outside of school education are being encouraged and developed by the Government. This briefing looks at the proposed youth strategy, the progress of the National Citizen Service Bill, funding and Council strategies for securing youth services.