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Scottish devolution and funding: progress and challenges for the next Scottish Parliament

This briefing uses two recent reports to look at how devolution has developed over the past decade and how Scottish Government funding has changed over the same period. It examines some of the challenges faced regarding implications of Brexit, Covid-19 recovery, and the way government is funded, including the Barnett formula.

Scotland Briefing
Members

Reforms to land tax and why local governments should care

This briefing examines the rationale for transitioning from stamp duty to land taxes and highlights the issues for local government. It draws on the experience of the ACT which, in 2012, embarked on a 20-year tax reform program, abolishing stamp duties and insurance taxes, and replacing the revenue by increasing general rates for all landowners.

Australia Briefing
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Local government finance in the pandemic

The recent NAO report on local government finance during the pandemic is sobering but not unexpected. It calls on the government to focus on service sustainability, to continue to provide additional financial support and warns of the risks of financial failure should that support not be forthcoming.

England & Wales Briefing

A time to change: major development contributions planning reform

In this briefing, SGS Economics & Planning’s Luke Nicholls provides an outline of the key changes to the development contributions system in NSW as a result of the State government accepting all 29 recommendations for significant reforms to the infrastructure contributions system made by the NSW Productivity Commissioner. This briefing is intended as a high-level…

Australia Briefing
Members

Budget March 2021: Analysis and economic outlook

Of the various aspects of Budget 2021, this briefing focuses on the Office for Budget Responsibility’s (OBR) March 2021 Economic and Fiscal Outlook (EFO) report, but there is also brief commentary on major tax announcements and the extension of Covid-related crisis measures into late 2021.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Unfinished business

Jonathan Carr-West shares his thoughts on where the Chancellor’s Budget fell short in its support for local government in his latest column for the Municipal Journal.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog
Members

PB or not PB: question time for participatory budgeting

Scottish Government agreed with COSLA in January 2021 to be “flexible” in the implementation of the 1% Participatory Budgeting mainstreaming target, with postponement providing relief. Before we travel further down the PB road, the hiatus offers an opportunity to ask a few pertinent questions.

Scotland Briefing

A new deal for social care

“Adult social care has been ‘unfinished business’ for what now seems forever”, writes LGIU’s head of briefings, Janet Sillett. This blog addresses the chronic problems that undermine adult social care and discusses how the pandemic represents a pivotal moment for reform.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog