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Planning for Affordable Housing

26 Feb 2019 in Briefings

The Town and Country Planning Association has published Planning for Affordable Housing. The TCPA’s Planning for Affordable Housing project examines how the planning system is delivering affordable housing and how it can be supported to do so in a manner which greater reflects local needs.


LGiU & MJ State of Local Government Finance Survey 2019

18 Feb 2019 in Briefings

The LGiU & MJ State of Local Government Finance Survey 2019 gives a snapshot of the key pressures facing councils and the impact of ongoing financial uncertainty on their communities, through the views of senior councillors and officers. The survey questions covered topics including income sources, confidence, service level spending and public trust.


Metro Mayor Precept – Value for Money?

12 Feb 2019 in Briefings

If local taxpayers are now going to be asked to finance the running of a combined authority, are they getting value for money? We look here at the 2019-20 budget of the Liverpool Combined Authority and what has been achieved there since its inception.


NAO – Pressures on children’s social care

1 Feb 2019 in Briefings

The National Audit Office has analysed increased local authority expenditure on children’s social care services, finding demand outstripping increases in the child population, but with a significant part of the variation between local authorities remaining unexplained.


Business Rates Retention Reform Consultation

31 Jan 2019 in Briefings

This consultation includes a new proposal to introduce variable business rates baselines and "floating" top-ups and tariffs which, it claims, would remove many of the uncertainties around how much business rates income is retained. The consultation is running in parallel with a consultation on local authorities' relative needs and resources.


The Fair Funding Review – One Year On

23 Jan 2019 in Briefings

Progress has been made since the initial consultation - there is a recognisable structure of the funding formula, but there is still a lot do before the system is ready to be introduced for 2020-21, and concerns have been expressed about what is included in assessing relative needs.


The National Infrastructure Commission Partnership

15 Jan 2019 in Briefings

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

11 Dec 2018 in Briefings

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



Housing and planning round-up November 2018

14 Nov 2018 in Briefings

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.