Topic: Finance

Local government funding and financial management.



Review of the rate peg to include population growth

This briefing provides an outline of the recently-released discussion paper looking into the Review of the Rate Peg to Include Population Growth, as part of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) review of the NSW rate peg.

Australia Briefing

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.

Australia Briefing

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