Core Cities UK, London Councils and the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) are inviting Core City Treasurers and their counterparts in other types of local authority to a round table discussion event in London on council finances. Taking place ahead of the spending review and chaired by Local Government Information Unit Chief Executive Dr Jonathan […]
Local authorities are in a precarious financial situation. With a Government preoccupied with Brexit, the creaking NHS and the housing crisis, the urgent questions about future council resourcing remain unanswered. Business rate retention policy has been scaled back and delayed, the fair funding review and social care green paper are long overdue, and all the […]
Seminar: Demystifying Local Government Finance & Governance: A seminar for private sector suppliers and partners
This seminar is specifically designed to highlight key issues and information that potential private sector partners must understand to effectively win and retain contracts within local councils.
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 and chief executives to answer some of the biggest questions […]
This seminar takes stock of progress in devolution, with a particular emphasis on new powers or resources to stimulate local growth. But it also offers an opportunity to look beyond the current stage of institutional reshaping to consider what more could be achieved with fully empowered local leadership, and the implications for devolution for areas and local government structures not included in the high-profile ‘City Deal’ agreements.
LGiU L&D Seminar: Putting elected members at the heart of commissioning, procurement & contract management
Description: Commissioning, procurement & contract management play a central role in the way councils operate. Oversight of these functions by elected members is crucial. This seminar will set out to achieve the following objectives. Making sure that elected members have the full range of options available to them in making decisions about commissioning services (including […]
Council budgets look likely to be under significant pressure until the end of the decade. This seminar will look at the implications of these longer term trends as well as the impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review for 2015/16.The seminar will cover the major changes to local government finance that came into operation in April 2013: the localisation of Business Rates and the expectation of councils generating local economic growth to help fund services. The impact on council budgets of the welfare reform changes; the Localism Act and any fresh or recent government initiatives and announcements will also be assessed.
This seminar will look at pressures on council budgets and how this expenditure is funded. In particular, it will look at the rising proportion of funding that is raised from business rates and councils’ growing reliance on incentive/reward payments. It will also examine how the Settlement Funding Allocation is constructed and how it relates to other funding, such as New Homes Bonus, Council Tax Support and that for academies.
This seminar gives a very good grounding in how local government finance works in practice and sets the ‘basics as part of the bigger picture of current developments and longer-term trends – the approach of the new Chancellor, Philip Hammond, funding plans for the next five years and the implications of ‘Devolution’ and ‘Brexit’.