The NIC has announced five cities and city regions that it will provide tailored support to improve delivery of housing, and economic growth and transport improvements. The authorities will work with the NIC to develop strategies to improve local transport connections, unlock job opportunities and deliver much-needed new homes.
Shared services are now an established feature of local government. We consider here many of the issues facing councils and how they have been tackled by specific councils, and ask whether shared service arrangements and partnerships increase the likelihood of full mergers
This briefing deals with the statement made on 16 November 2018 by the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights on his visit to the UK. The Special Rapporteur focuses his report on Universal Credit and the impacts of austerity on communities and the wider social safety net.
Private renting, homelessness, universal credit and the Letwin review of housebuilding all feature in this month's housing and planning roundup. There are also details of ongoing consultations covering the leasehold system, regulation in Scotland, and classifying second homes as holiday lets.
What progress has the government made towards its fiscal targets? We look here at the economic outlook as set out in the OBR’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook and at public spending announcements in Budget 2018, including those relating to housing, productivity, taxes, and welfare.
This swift read considers how the public service measures in the budget meet the funding needs described in CIPFA's recent Performance Tracker. It is the second of three LGiU Budget 2018 briefings.
This report from the NPI and the Lloyds Bank Foundation traces the impact on service-level spend across services, between types of local authority and between areas. It finds some significant disparities underneath the headline figures, which raises questions about the sustainability of local services to tackle disadvantage.
The Performance Tracker is a valuable overview of the funding and performance of services across the public sector. Social care and the prison service are (predictably) identified as causes for particular concern: - efficiencies have not kept pace with rising demand and both lack credible plans to control future spending.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has given the Budget Statement to the House of Commons. LGiU brings member the key announcements for local government by policy area.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies produces a Green Budget just before the Chancellor’s Budget. It provides a detailed and independent analysis of the public finances and Budget policy options. We focus here on what the IFS has to say on the key issues of the economy and public finances.