Topic: Finance

Local government funding and financial management.

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On Your Radar October – November 2015

On Your Radar provides regular updates on information from central government, Parliament, and other key organisations. This edition contains: • Upcoming LGiU briefings • Government consultations • Select Committee inquiries • Legislation

England & Wales Briefing
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Business Rates Focus: Scotland and England

The future of business rates is a crucial issue for local government in England and Scotland. This briefing, written for LGiU in England, (including a section on Scotland) sets out the story so far in England and is re-circulated as part of our new programme for local government across Scotland.

Scotland Briefing
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Shared Services in Scotland

The sharing of services between Scottish local authorities has been on the agenda for some years now and continued pressures on public spending could bring the issue to the fore again. This briefing looks at shared service arrangements and their future.

Scotland Briefing
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The impact of budget cuts on local road maintenance and road safety

There are growing concerns about the lack of funding available for local transport –road maintenance and road safety, and the discrepancy between funding for local roads and the Strategic Road Network. Two recent reports set out the impact of significant budget cuts in recent years and call for urgent action.

England & Wales Briefing
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Business Rates devolution

This briefing describes recent announcements by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Deputy First Minister of Scotland on business rate reform. It places them in the context of legislation and reviews of business rates over the last six years. It reproduces relevant excerpts on the announcement and comments on them.

England & Wales Briefing
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Reducing Scottish Business Rates – Community Empowerment?

John Swinney’s announcement on business rates is analysed in this briefing and follows our previous briefing which asked how the Scottish Government would respond to the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that he planned to enable all councils in England to reduce business rates locally.

Scotland Briefing
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What does the spending review and new sports strategy hold in store for community sport?

How can grassroots sport deliver wider social goals and how can it be funded? Should funding decisions be decentralised to councils? We look here at the government’s new strategy for community sport consultation, at the sector’s and local government’s response to it, and at a variety of case studies

England & Wales Briefing
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Devolution deals: what next for Scotland?

This briefing describes the 2010-15 ‘devolution story’ in England, its prospective developments over 2015-20, and potential implications and insights this might provide for Scottish LAs. It also briefly considers the case for further collaboration between English and Scottish LAs to progress shared ambitions and address shared concerns.

Scotland Briefing