Topic: Finance

Local government funding and financial management.

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The Local Government Finance Bill

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…

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Autumn statement 29 November 2011

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.

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Localism Act: Community Rights

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.

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Localisation issues in welfare reform: CLG Committee report

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.

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Health Select Committee Report on Public Health

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.

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Government response to CLG select committee report on audit and inspection

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.

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Community Budgets Prospectus

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.

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The Private Finance Initiative: Treasury Select Committee report

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.

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