IFS 2020 Green Budget covers the outlook for the economy and public finances, options for the upcoming spending review, what is referred to as the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda (understood as redressing spatial inequalities) and what could be done to reform working-age social security.
Mark Davies explores what happened to the finances of Central Coast Council, where responsibilities lie when it comes to understanding a local government’s finances, and the implications for local governments more broadly.
The Government’s spending review is due to conclude at the end of November. In this blog, LGIU Associate Mark Upton considers the possible impact on education and children services.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer is expected to announce the results of the Government’s review of expenditure for 2020-21 on Wednesday, 25 November 2020. This briefing looks at the prospects for school and 16-19 education, family and children’s social care services, early years and youth services.
As the country faces the fall-out from Brexit, a second wave and limited funding for councils, Jonathan Carr-West predicts doom and gloom this autumn if central government doesn’t stand back and allow local government to take the lead in his latest column for the Municipal Journal.
Last year, the process by which Bristol formed its 2020/21 Budget was described as best practice by the Head of Consultancy of the Centre for Public Scrutiny. So what is it that Bristol is doing right? In this blog, Cllr Clive Stevens talks us through the process.
Niall Alexander, Affordable Credit Consultant and Associate with the Carnegie UK Trust, writes on how the pandemic has affected loans, outlining new findings from Carnegie UK Trust and Community Finance Solutions’ survey of not-for-profit affordable credit lenders.
This briefing is the latest in our series examining the reports produced by the Value for Money Unit of the LGAS. The briefing examines the VFMU report produced in December 2015 titled “The oversight role of local authorities in the provision of social housing by Approved Housing Bodies (AHB s)”. This was the VFMU’s 29th…
Every elected councillor is responsible for ensuring that their council has effective financial governance, yet local government finance is viewed by many as difficult to get to grips with. These online training sessions are designed to provide elected councillors with a thorough grounding in the key elements of local government finance and funding.
Local governments are under pressure from their communities to minimise rate increases and provide stimulus packages for their local economies during the COVID-19 pandemic. This briefing is focussed on how Victorian local governments have responded to COVID-19 in their 2020-21 budgets, based on a survey undertaken by Local Government Finance Professionals, a peak body that…