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On Your Radar June 2019

June 20, 2019

What’s happening in local government beyond brexit? We look in this briefing at consultations, select committee inquiries and the key issues facing councils. But, of course, brexit is still at the top of the political agenda and some of the ongoing contentious issues are here too.


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.


The black hole of politics

June 20, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

There is perhaps no local issue that unifies political parties so much as the pothole. (Particularly if you’re sitting in opposition). No one likes them. Everyone thinks they should be filled more quickly. And there’s no easier way for a local politician to grab a few column inches than by…


Select Committee Report: Business Rates Retention

June 4, 2018

The HCLG select committee's inquiry into business rates retention focuses on how councils have been affected by the resulting uncertainty and the delay in implementation. It examines the wider concerns about the design and operation of the reformed system and calls for increased funding and greater fiscal devolution.


Financial sustainability of local authorities 2018 – NAO Report

March 19, 2018

How has the spending power of local authorities changed since 2010-11 and have government departments understood the impact of the deficit reduction measures taken since? This new NAO report sets out the scale of reductions in funding and gives some insights into the impact of those reductions on front-line services.


Budget November 2017: analysis and comment

November 30, 2017

What were the main themes of the 2017 Budget? This briefing analyses the economic context and key announcements, particularly those relating to housing, planning and growth.


Reigniting localism: three essays on the future of local government

October 6, 2017 by Lauren Lucas

Councils are in policy limbo. With Whitehall and Westminster fully absorbed by the unfolding drama of Brexit, and local government policy narrowed to dealing with the consequences of the Grenfell tragedy, little bandwidth remains for addressing more strategic issues. The LGiU is launching a series of essays, in which we…


New councillor? Catch up with the key issues

May 15, 2017

This briefing is to introduce our new councillors to our briefings service and to some of the key issues we are covering currently. It could be useful to more long-standing councillors as well of course and to officers involved in induction.


IR35: Implications for Local Authorities

April 4, 2017

This briefing describes the changes to how IR35 are being applied from April 6 2017 in relation to public authorities and the government’s rationale for the changes, as well as some of the issues and objections which have been raised by various local government umbrella organisations and sector interest groups.


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.