David Phillips

  • A model answer to funding questions

    29 June 2022

    The IFS-CIPFA Local Government Finance Model is intended to help councils with their medium-to- longer term financial planning in a context of uncertain finance pressures and as-yet unspecified funding reforms, says David Phillips.

  • Will the fair funding review be another damp squib?

    11 May 2022

    David Phillips says that, if the fair funding review becomes a repeat of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, it increases the risk that the Government’s flagship levelling up agenda remains little more than a slogan.

  • A clearer path?

    05 October 2021

    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.

  • Councils stare into a highly uncertain financial future

    29 October 2020

    Extra funding will help English councils this year, but big questions remain for 2021 and beyond, says associate director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies David Phillips.

  • Government should grasp the council tax nettle

    18 March 2020

    Council tax needs to be revalued and should be reformed – and this government has both the ‘levelling-up’ mandate and narrative, says David Phillips.

  • Just a lull in the funding storm?

    13 November 2019

    David Phillips examines the choices the next Government will face, including whether (and how much) to raise taxes. What it decides could have big implications for councils and those who rely on their services.

  • Money for something

    11 September 2019

    The Spending Round announcement last week seems a positive move for the sector on the face of it, but raises questions over the the future balance between central control and local discretion says David Phillips.

  • Grabbing a larger slice of the cake

    03 July 2019

    On paper, cash-strapped councils face many options for raising revenue. As they await the Spending Review, David Phillips argues they need ‘cake decisiveness...to plan how to grow the cake for an increasingly austere diet'.

  • Is a 'fair' funding system in reach?

    21 August 2018

    We may never agree on what ‘fair’ funding is but the opportunity of a more transparent system is in our grasp, writes David Phillips.

  • A bigger picture for financial reform

    18 July 2018

    Local government finance reform is not a purely technical exercise. It asks big questions about the kind of country we want to be and the big picture of what we want to achieve with local public services. These issues must be properly debated says David Phillips.

  • Placing faith in the pilots

    17 April 2018

    From this month, a second wave of pilots have started 100% rates retention. Neil Amin-Smith and David Phillips from the Institute for Fiscal Studies examine the Government’s claims regarding these pilots.

  • IFS: How views of local government finance vary across councils

    13 September 2017

    David Phillips looks analyses the results of the IFS's latest business rates report.

  • Where next for local government financial reform?

    26 June 2017

    With the falling of the Local Government Finance Bill, the IFS's David Phillips assesses where this leaves reforms to the sector's finance system.

  • How business rate reforms will hit councils

    08 March 2017

    David Phillips examines the drawbacks of proposed reforms to the business rates system

  • Planning for the rates revolution

    26 October 2016

    The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) today launched the first of a series of studies into local government finance and devolution, in a programme whose supporters include The MJ. The IFS’s David Phillips outlines its plans

  • Solution for the revolution

    12 January 2016

    Ongoing changes to the way councils in England are funded are genuinely revolutionary. They bring greater financial accountability and incentives but also risks and challenges, as the IFS' David Phillips explains