Fair Funding Review
It is teamwork that makes the dream work
The Government would be wise to do all it can to de-escalate tensions with councils over funding, says Joanne Pitt.
Council tax could easily rise by 5% a year - IFS
English councils will need billions more from government and big tax rises to maintain services and pay for social care reforms, says new analysis published today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).
A clearer path?
David Phillips says the Spending Review cannot bring councils funding certainty but it can bring clarity – and the Government should still use it to answer some key questions.
Hartlepool call for fairer funding
A cross-party demand for fairer council tax and local government funding has been sent to Secretary of State Robert Jenrick by Hartlepool BC.
It’s only a win if everyone succeeds
For SIGOMA members – unitary and metropolitan councils across England – funding service fairly is the key, says Sir Stephen Houghton.
EXCLUSIVE: Finance reforms in 2022-23 'challenging but possible'
Government officials believe it is still possible to introduce much-anticipated finance reforms to the sector in time for the next financial year, The MJ understands.
A busy summer through to autumn of future funding consultations lies ahead
The outmoded system of local government financing means huge disparities between councils’ funding levels continue and the sector faces a real medium-term period of uncertainty that has been knocking on the door for years, says Tracy Bingham.
Discrimination twice as high among ethnic minorities
People from ethnic minority backgrounds are twice as likely to face discrimination when using local services, new research has suggested.
Seize the reins
The County Councils Network's new business plan for recovery and renewal puts forward evidence-based practical proposals to influence the Government's key agendas across six clear priorities, says Simon Edwards.
Making council tax fairer is a good place to start on levelling up
If the Government wants to level-up, fostering inclusive growth and recovery across the country, making council tax fairer would be a good place to begin, argues John Dudding.
Questioning the quantum
The ‘business as usual’ funding envelope is not enough in a time of emergency. Rob Whiteman advocates a rethink of the planned fair funding review.
Districts win in latest allocations
Districts have won a significantly higher share of funding in the latest allocations of government cash to help councils cope with coronavirus.
The positive process of peer review
Tony Kirkham recently took part in a Local Government Association peer review. He says the process was intensive and hard work - but he 'enjoyed every minute'.
The ‘unfair’ funding review needs a bigger cake
The temptation is to launch open season on ‘the other side’ – be that the political or geographical or type of council. But, in reality, the question is how does local government get a bigger cake, says Heather Jameson.
Welcome to the twenties
The new Government is rhetorically placing itself as a radical one that will move fast, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West – but he warns that for local government there is a ‘groundhog day’ element.
Ministers row with LGA over fair funding review modelling
A row broke out between ministers and the Local Government Association (LGA) after it modelled the potential impact of the fair funding review.
Poorer areas to lose 'hundreds of millions' under proposed changes
Former Labour stronghold areas are to lose millions of pounds under the fair funding review, analysis by Local Government Association's Labour group has found.
Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th is usually seen as an unlucky day, says Tony Kirkham - but he hopes the next one is 'the first step on a safe transition, starting with a budget settlement which leads to a sustainable future for local government'.
LGA calls for 'full assessment' of funding needs
Whitehall should commit to a ‘full assessment’ of the overall funding needs of the sector in the Spending Review and guarantee to fully fund them, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.