On 19 December 2011, The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) presented before Parliament a Local Government Finance Bill, and also published a series of supporting documents. The Bill provides draft legislation for a series of key changes in local government finance and funding, all of which have been subject to prior consultation. This…
On 29 November the Chancellor’s autumn statement revealed that the UK faces year-on-year spending cuts into the next parliament lasting a total of seven years. This is the longest sustained reduction in public spending for 60 years.
This briefing gives an account of the content and current status and discusses the implications of council tax referendums, the community right to challenge and assets of community value.
The CLG Select Committee's report into the proposed changes to the discretionary social fund, council tax benefit and housing benefit is very critical of the plans. The changes will have serious implications for all councils.
This briefing summarises and comments on the Health Committee’s report into public health which includes recommendations directly relevant to councils and highlights crucial financial issues such as the scale and distribution of the public health budget.
The government has published its response to the CLG select committee's report on audit and inspection. This response to the select committee provides an indication of the government's position before they formally respond to the consultation on audit.
The prospectus for councils that want to bid for the new community budget pilots (neighbourhood-level and whole-place) has been published. The timescale for submissions is very tight. This briefing summarises and comments on the document.
This Department of Health consultation describes options for the allocation of additional funding to councils for new functions arising from the Health and Social Care Bill.
This briefing summarises and makes initial comments on the technical papers published by CLG on the proposals for business rate retention.
The Treasury Select Committee has published a damning report on the private finance initiative. It aims to inform the current Treasury PFI review and could be significant for councils if the Treasury is influenced by its analysis and recommendations.