Topic: Finance

Local government funding and financial management.

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Queen’s Speech 2012

'- The Queen’s Speech on 9th May will outline the Government’s legislative programme for the 2012/13 Parliamentary session. - This briefing gathers together intelligence on the measures that might be subject to Bills and draft legislation in the next session. - This briefing will be of interest to all executive members, cabinet portfolio members and…

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On Your Radar April 2012

On Your Radar looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months. This briefing includes the second part of the new forward planning document. It also highlights: Future briefings CLG since…

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“Taking forward Community Budgets” Report from the Commons and Local Government Select Committee

'- The Communities and Local Government Select Committee has published its initial report on Community Budgets. - They believe that Community Budgets have the potential to bring significant benefits and transform the manner in which services are managed and provided. However, the Committee believes that it is too early to make firm conclusions. So it…

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Welfare Reform Act 2012

*The Welfare Reform Act puts into law one of the government’s flagship bills, which ministers claim marks the biggest overhaul of the benefits system since the 1940s. * This briefing explains the key components of the Act, including the merging of several benefits into Universal Credit, significant changes to Housing Benefit and Employment Support Allowance,…

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Budget 2012

This briefing details the main announcements relevant to local government from the 2012 budget: * It covers everything from new money for local development through to the proposals for Tax Increment Finance 2 (TIF2). *It provides an overview of the government’s tax policy as well as economic and budget forecasts. *It will be relevant for…

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Budget Briefing 2012: Headline announcements

On Wednesday 21 March the Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his Budget for 2012, setting out the Government’s plans for the economy and public finances in the year ahead. This briefing sets out areas of specific relevance to local government.

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A Magna Carta for Local Government

The LGA and the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee are working in partnership to lead a debate on the benefits of codifying the relationship between central and local government. The code would guarantee councils' legal and financial independence and autonomy to serve their citizens. The Committee's Chair, Graham Allen MP, has…

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Communities and Local Government questions and topical debate. Monday 12th March 2012

The Department for Communities and Local Government parliamentary questions session came on the same day as two announcements were made; a rise to £75k in the maximum amount of discount that a tenant can claim when exercising the Right to Buy and a related announcement on the New Buy Scheme, which is a mortgage indemnity…

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On Your Radar March 2012

On Your Radar looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months. This edition highlights: • forward planning • future briefings • localism act • council tax • funding opportunities

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National Audit Office: Cost in central government – summary of progress

The National Audit Office has published a value for money report on progress made by Central Government to reduce its costs and expenditure. While central government departments took effective action in 2010-11 to reduce costs they are less well placed to make the long term changes over the four years to 2014-15. This briefing will…

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