Spending Review

  • Spending Review poses 'challenge' for fair funding

    18 June 2019

    A minister has said a one-year settlement for local government would pose a ‘challenge’ for implementing the fair funding review in 2020/21.


  • Spending Review must meet costs of refugee resettlement

    17 June 2019

    Local government has cautiously welcomed the Government’s commitment to continue resettling refugees after a flagship scheme ends next year.


  • It’s a good time to lobby

    12 June 2019

    Dan Corry says that while the policy world is currently in something of a stasis lock, politically we’re seeing major realignments, with new battlefields – or at least new fronts – opening up everywhere.


  • The art of budgeting

    12 June 2019

    We need to know what extra money we are going to get in the Spending Review, not just a continuation of funding streams such as the Improved Better Care Fund (IBCF), says Tony Kirkham.


  • United view?

    12 June 2019

    Chair of the LGA Lord Porter says the smaller unitaries have ‘probably a larger number of councils close to the edge’. But as Ann McGauran reports, it may be hard to generalise about the financial health of this ‘disparate group’.


  • Council preparations for Brexit 'hampered' by Whitehall

    06 June 2019

    Whitehall’s lack of focus and co-ordination ‘hampered’ councils’ preparations for Brexit in the run-up to April 12, a Local Government Association (LGA) report has said.


  • 'You can't cut what you don't have!'

    05 June 2019

    We need the sort of detailed analysis carried out by PriceWaterhouseCoopers for the County Councils ' Network, which uses evidence to project 'spending need' over the period 2015-25, says Richard Flinton.


  • Porter in top up cash call

    04 June 2019

    Councils will need a cash top up if the political turmoil forces the new Prime Minister to delay plans for a three-year Spending Review, Local Government Association (LGA) chairman Lord Porter has warned.


  • Care provider warns of sector collapse unless action is taken

    30 May 2019

    The executive director of Mears Alan Long sets out what he believes is needed to save a domiciliary care sector in crisis:


  • Funding’s stark reality needs an honest debate

    28 May 2019

    The IFS concluded in its report that local government finances are broken and we need a national discussion on whether to raise taxes or cut services. Heather Jameson says the sector needs to be honest and open about the debate.


  • MHCLG staff return to usual roles after Brexit build-up

    28 May 2019

    Most Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) staff have returned to their usual roles as the department’s efforts switch back to the domestic agenda.


  • Fair funding review 'credibility' warning

    24 May 2019

    The fair funding review could ‘lack credibility’ unless the Government steps up efforts to gather the most up-to-date data.


  • Ministers need to be mindful of the poll tax debacle

    22 May 2019

    That an 'apparently esoteric' local government finance issue could bring down a powerful Prime Minister such as Margaret Thatcher should be taken seriously by today's government, says Michael Burton.


  • What is local government really worth?

    22 May 2019

    Does all the ambition for local government come down to core service and self-sustainability, asks Heather Jameson. Where is the full funding, fiscal freedom and the local discretion?


  • Crafting a solution for our sector’s funding

    22 May 2019

    What the whole local government sector needs most is ‘stable, future-proofed planning’, says Rob Whiteman, and a one-year delay to the outcome of the fair funding review could be part of this process.


  • Reviews are a chance for us to come together

    22 May 2019

    The County Councils’ Network (CCN) has released a new report on councils’ finances. Simon Edwards says it shows all councils need a significant injection of resources, and that its members face ‘a particularly severe set of circumstances’.


  • The self-sufficiency myth

    21 May 2019

    Marsham Street appears not to understand the drivers of demand or the pressures local services are under, county finance chiefs have told MPs.


  • Central-local relations at 'all-time low' - study

    15 May 2019

    The relationship between Whitehall and councils has broken down, with local leaders feeling ‘disrespected and marginalised,’ according to a think-tank behind a major new report published today.


  • Keep making the investment case for prevention

    15 May 2019

    John O'Brien says that whether we end up with a one year Spending Review or a longer one, it's important to make the wider investment case for preventative services programmes such as Troubled Families.


  • Redressing the balance

    15 May 2019

    Localis’s report Hitting reset – a case for local leadership puts the argument for a complete transfer of powers from Whitehall to the local state. Ann McGauran reports