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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.

Network on the Future of Local Democracy – Meeting 2: Finance

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…

Countries of Culture: Funding and support for the arts outside London

March 6, 2017

The Commons Committee for Culture, Media and Sport has published a report on funding outside London, examining the impact of local government cuts on cultural provision at local and regional levels. It also looks at the development of new commercial practices and local responses to the withdrawal of public funding.

Update: DCLG-LGA working groups on 100% Business Rate Retention

February 16, 2017

DCLG and LGA have set up working groups to consider details of the proposed 100% Business Rate Retention system. This briefing provides a digest of and comment on their work since the July 2016 consultation on the system, grouping the papers by issue.

Funding for Supported Housing – Consultation

February 8, 2017

The government has been consulting on the mechanics of a new system for funding supported housing. The proposals have been contentious. This briefing summarises the consultation and briefly comments on it.

2017-18 Local Government Finance Settlement

January 24, 2017

The provisional Local Government Finance Settlement was published on 15 December 2016. This briefing explains the contents of the LGFS and comments on them. It will be of particular in interest to finance officers and elected members with a finance portfolio, but may also have interest to a broader audience.

Financial Sustainability of Local Authorities: Capital Spending and Resourcing

January 16, 2017

This National Audit Office’s (NAO) analysis of local authority capital spending and resourcing, along with a follow up report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, (November 2016) fill important information gaps in the changing nature of local authority capital resourcing and spending.

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