Local authorities are in a precarious financial situation.
With a Government preoccupied with Brexit, the creaking NHS and the housing crisis, the urgent questions about future council resourcing remain unanswered.
Business rate retention policy has been scaled back and delayed, the fair funding review and social care green paper are long overdue, and all the while Revenue Support Grant is still on course to disappear by 2020.
Councils are facing a cliff-edge and need answers now. 2018 must be the year this happens.
LGiU is leading the Local Finance Taskforce, working with senior local government representatives and sector experts to raise the profile of these issues to a wider audience and force the Government to provide much-needed policy clarity.
In the run-up to the Autumn Statement, we are holding a series of regional events bringing together voices across local government to kickstart a wider debate on how councils should be funded. We will be discussing the options outlined in the Local Finance Scorecard with a view to building consensus on what we should be asking from Government.
This roundtable is kindly hosted by Norwich City Council and is open to anyone interested in this issue. Places are limited so please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Arrive at 12pm for refreshments before the discussion begins at 12.30.