The Expenditure Report for Budget 2020 sets out the Irish Government’s voted expenditure allocations and measures for 2020.
Party conference season is over for another year and much ink has been spilled over the headline announcements. However, LGiU used the conferences as an opportunity to catch up with our members, council leaders and policy-makers about their views on the challenges facing local government. We’ve been looking at how national policy announcements match up…
The Scottish Parliament Information Centre published its annual briefing of useful financial statistics in July 2019. This Swift Read aims to summarise the briefing and to pick out some key statistics to help to identify how the financial landscape is changing and how Scottish councils are being affected.
While some SEND pupils are receiving high quality support, NAO express “significant concerns” that many others are not being supported effectively, and those without Education, Health and Care plans are particularly exposed.
The final briefing in our series on the recent Spending Round looks at local government announcements, comparing the SR with the recommendations from the MHCLG Select Committee’s report on local government funding. The additional funding is welcome but does the SR mean an end to austerity or just a pause?
This briefing is the second of three assessing the Chancellor’s spending announcements made in Spending Round 2019. it looks at the current state of public finances and the shortening available spending headroom under current fiscal rules. A page has been turned on austerity, but much remains uncertain.
The Chancellor today laid out plans for an extra £13.8bn spending next year, in a Spending Round designed to “turn the page on austerity”. In his speech he promised certainty for all departments as they plan next year’s budgets and announced that no departments would see any cuts this year. A full Budget is expected…
LGiU’s Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West responds to the UK Government’s spending round. “This Spending Round provides funds for services. And while that is better than not funding services it is not as good as funding local government.”
LGiU has led the Local Finance Taskforce through 2018 and 2019, 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.
The report is to the point: ‘There is simply not enough core funding … The Department’s recognition of this problem now needs to be translated into significant funding increases’ including a multi-billion pound funding increase and a ten-year plan. The DfE are consulting on financial transparency.