This briefing looks at the funding challeges facing local authorities, focussing on recent reports from the County Councils Network and the Institute for Fiscal Studies
The West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy was launched in May 2019 and builds on the heritage of the region’s manufacturing, research and technology sectors, taking advantage of skills and infrastructure innovation across the region.
Edinburgh Council’s Leader, Cllr Adam Mcvey, is marching the issue of tourism tax all the way to Holyrood. We speak to him about what he’s learned from the process about developing a solid evidence base and reaching out to less-than-enthusiastic stakeholders. Back in London, LGiU spoke before the CLG Select Committee this week about the […]
The average band D council tax set by English local authorities in 2019-20 rose by 4.7 per cent or £78 - the second highest increase this decade but slightly lower than last year. This briefing looks in more detail at increases across and within tiers of authority.
The recent analysis published by the Institute of Fiscal Studies of how local authorities have designed their local Council Tax Support (CTS) schemes attempts to explain variations in terms of different characteristics such as political control and the overall funding situation.
Today saw the launch of results from two major investigations into the state of council finances, both of which starkly demonstrate the impossible bind between short and long term pressures. BBC analysis of government figures focused on 11 councils that they believe are in risk of running out of cash, having run down their reserves […]
Nick Plumb from Locality, explains what the Keep it Local Network is all about and how councils can become part of this movement.
The Committee finds evidence of “a system that is close to breaking point”, with budget overspends and the use of reserves normal in most local authorities leading councils to prioritise mandatory services and make cuts to early intervention services.
What are the main issues dominating local government and what could happen over the next period – though predictions are perhaps rather problematic at the moment given the current nature of politics.
The Timpson review of school exclusion looks at who is excluded from school, and what can be done to reduce exclusion. The Government response accepts the proposals.