The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) have recently published a very helpful briefing paper on local government finance. This swift read provides an overview of the SPICe briefing, but also draws on other recent publications to illustrate the extent to which the system delivers different funding outcomes for different areas.
The LGiU & MJ State of Local Government Finance Survey 2019 gives a snapshot of the key pressures facing councils and the impact of ongoing financial uncertainty on their communities, through the views of senior councillors and officers. The survey questions covered topics including income sources, confidence, service level spending and public trust.
The DfE has done a major update of its Schools Causing Concern guidance – ‘statutory’ guidance for local authorities; local authorities in England must have regard to it in exercising their functions. This is part of our School Report briefing series, reporting on education in England.
Officially there are 4,677 people sleeping rough in England – marginally fewer than a year ago but still close to three times as many as in 2010. We set out here the latest statistics.
Progress has been made since the initial consultation - there is a recognisable structure of the funding formula, but there is still a lot do before the system is ready to be introduced for 2020-21, and concerns have been expressed about what is included in assessing relative needs.
The strategy aims to reduce workload at all stages of a teacher’s career, including further reform of the accountability system and provide specialist National Professional Qualifications. The Early Career Framework aims to transform support for teachers at the start of their careers, including an entitlement to a funded two-year support package.
With the recent announcements to advance the plebiscites for executive mayors in Cork, Limerick and Waterford, LGiU Ireland looks at one of the most interesting dynamics arising from appointment of Metro Mayors in the UK.
The future of Britain’s high streets has never had a higher profile – so far the discussion has focussed on their retail offer. This briefing argues that a more holistic approach is needed and that closer collaboration with neighbours could be key to the rebirth of individual town centres.
This consultation includes a new proposal to introduce variable business rates baselines and "floating" top-ups and tariffs which, it claims, would remove many of the uncertainties around how much business rates income is retained. The consultation is running in parallel with a consultation on local authorities' relative needs and resources.