In this first briefing of a two-part series, LGIU Associate, Graham Sansom discusses the significance of recent developments in the implementation of rate-pegging/capping in New South Wales and Victoria and presents the case for alternative ways to achieve the political objectives of state governments.
This year sees the return of the LGIU finance survey. Greg Stride highlights the trends and lessons of past surveys and outlines how we’ll be working with local government to understand the current situation and support members.
What can be done to overhaul the crumbling system of children’s social care in England? The Department for Education has set out major proposals but is only promising a fraction of the extra money needed. This briefing looks at the options on offer.
This policy round-up for England looks at policy announcements and publications from December 2022 and January 2023. After the hiatus of the summer and turmoil of early autumn, government departments are getting back to the usual rhythm of policy business, and there have been some significant announcements.
Amidst the gloom of a disappointing local government finance settlement, this briefing looks at the main findings of the recent financial bulletin 2021-22 and at how councils in Scotland are currently dealing with budget pressures while preparing for the challenges that lie ahead.
The Local Democracy Research Centre is conducting a major research project investigating the state of local government finance in England.
Covering the last few weeks of 2022 and the first weeks of 2023, this latest policy bulletin includes vital insights into key documents that impact local government. This month’s big issue is finance – the impact of the Scottish Government budget on local government has been dominating headlines week after week.
This briefing looks at the Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2023-24 and the Levelling Up allocations that were recently announced. It assesses the likely impact of the two updates on English councils.
A loophole in benefits regulation for ‘exempt housing’ for people who need extra support in their homes could mean a huge bill for the public purse. Find out how West Devon is leading the fight to prevent ‘overcharging’.