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Spending Round 2019 and Local Government

September 16, 2019

The final briefing in our series on the recent Spending Round looks at local government announcements, comparing the SR with the recommendations from the MHCLG Select Committee’s report on local government funding. The additional funding is welcome but does the SR mean an end to austerity or just a pause?


Swift Read: Council tax in England 2019/20

June 6, 2019

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.


IFS: Taking Control: Which Taxes Could be Devolved to Local Government?

April 17, 2019

How could more tax funding powers be devolved to local government? This IFS report sets how to assess the suitability of and devolution of taxes and analyses what could be raised across England from the various options. There is also a review of local tax arrangements in different countries.


Council tax in 2018-19

April 16, 2018

This briefing looks at council tax increases across types of local authorities, the social care precept effect and what may happen in 2019-20


The Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2018-19

January 3, 2018

The provisional finance settlement was announced on 19th December 2017. Consultation closes on 16 January leaving very little time for local authorities to prepare their responses or to revise their spending plans. This briefing considers the key announcements.


Local Government Finance Bill 2017

March 29, 2017

The Local Government Finance Bill 2017 includes measures relating to business rate reliefs, business rate retention, multiplier flexibilities, the annual finance settlement, and council tax referenda. This briefing summarises the contents of the original Bill and amendments voted on and passed in its Committee Stage in the House of Commons.


Catching up – Improving council tax arrears collection

March 27, 2017

The CAB report ‘Catching up – improving council tax arrears' identifies why people accrue arrears, how councils deal with them and how individuals manage the circumstance of being in arrears. It suggests ways councils can improve council tax collection by making it more person-centred and more responsive to individual circumstances.


Consultation on 100% Business Rates Retention: needs & redistribution

September 14, 2016

In July 2016, the government published a consultation “Self-sufficient local government: 100% business rates retention”. This briefing is on the second of the two documents in this publication, "Business rates reform: Call for evidence on Needs and Redistribution". The call for evidence runs until Monday 26 September


Consultation on 100% Business Rates Retention: Devolution and Evolution

August 30, 2016

On 5 July, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published a consultation “Self-sufficient local government: 100% business rates retention”. This briefing is the first of two on the main paper of this consultation, covering the first 27 pages of the document. The consultation runs until Monday 26 September.


Managing the challenges of localised Council Tax Support

July 21, 2015

Research conducted by the New Policy Institute for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation explores Council Tax Support schemes. There were no obvious patterns by political control, demography or location. This briefings will be of interest to members and officers with an interest in welfare reform, poverty reduction, and finance.