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National Audit Office Report on Homelessness

October 10, 2017

The NAO’s report deals with the causes and costs of homelessness, the response of local government to homelessness, and DCLG’s leadership in reducing homelessness. How effectively does DCLG work with local authorities to ensure that they maximise their ability to prevent and tackle homelessness?


100% Business Rates Retention: Further consultation

April 18, 2017

The government’s further consultation on the design of the reformed business rates system runs until 3 May. It covers resets, pooling, Local Growth Zones, appeals, tier splits, the safety net and the central list. This briefing sets it in context, describes it and comments on it.



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: Flexibilities and practicalities

September 6, 2016

On 5 July 2016, the Government published a consultation “Self-sufficient local government: 100% business rates retention”. This briefing is the second of two on the main paper of this consultation, covering roughly the second half of the document, from page 28. The consultation runs until Monday 26 September.


Local Government Funding in this Parliament – distribution

February 2, 2016

This briefing considers funding to local government until 2019/20, in light of the Autumn Statement and Spending Review 2015 and the provisional local government finance settlement 2016/17. It is the second of a pair of briefings; the first one looked at the national picture, while this looks at distributional issues.


Local Government Funding in this Parliament – national picture

January 25, 2016

The Spending Review 2015 was announced on 25 November and the provisional local government finance settlement on 17 December 2015. This briefing draws on both to consider funding to local government until 2019/20. This briefing focuses on the national picture, while a forthcoming companion briefing will look at distributional issues.


Service Transformation Challenge Panel

May 13, 2015

This briefing summarises and comments on two publications: a report on service transformation published by the Service Transformation Challenge Panel in November 2014, and the Government's response to it published in March 2015.



Community Rights: an assessment

February 17, 2015

When they were introduced as part of the Localism Agenda in 2012, Community Rights were promoted as enabling people to take responsibility for services, to become directly involved in development, and to protect the future of assets such as pubs, post offices, and other community assets in their localities.


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