Topic: Finance

Local government funding and financial management.

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Improving value for money in adult social care

The Audit Commission has analysed how councils are tackling efficiency savings and made recommendations for how further savings can be made.

England & Wales Briefing
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Adult Social Care – funding and eligibility criteria

This policy briefing summarises a survey by the Dilnot Commission on public views about funding; it also discusses the recent legal challenge to raising eligibility criteria.

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CLG activity during Easter recess

A round-up of activity from CLG during the Easter recess, with special reference to the Best Value: new draft statutory guidance – Consultation.

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Future of local public audit: new consultation

The future system for local public audit will be crucial for councils. This briefing examines the options in the new consultation. There will be implications for councillors on current audit committees.

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Budget 2011: The Plan for Growth

This briefing sets out the most important measures announced in Budget 2011 meant to support growth. It ends with an assessment of their likely impact.

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Budget 2011

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has today given the 2011 Budget statement to the House of Commons. This briefing sets out the initial announcements relevant to local government from the Budget with specific briefings to follow.

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Local authority resource review: content and comment

The long-awaited terms of reference of the local authority resource review have been announced. This briefing sets out the content and comments on the difficulties of delivering greater financial autonomy whilst maintaining fairness between councils.

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The Audit Commission: past, present and future

The government have published a paper on the future audit of councils. The Audit Commission's closure may be delayed (denied by CLG). This briefing comments on how the Commission's functions could be carried out in future.

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Growing the Social Investment Market: A Vision and Strategy

Growing the Social Investment Market looks to develop the concept of a Big Society through expansion of the social investment market. Key to this is the establishment of a Big Society Bank. This brief outlines the strategy and comments on its main points.

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Prospects for local government: 2011 and beyond

Councils face unprecedented challenges. This briefing looks ahead at the big issues and at specific services - what will local government look like by the end of this Parliament?

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