Finance is critical to the operation of councils and the wide range of services they deliver. The financial issues affecting local government therefore affect all of us, in terms of the services we receive and the taxes or charges we pay.

Our work on local government finance covers the full range of finance issues affecting local authorities. We work closely with advisers from local authority treasurer society groups to clarify and highlight the financial implications of new policies, lobby for changes to the system and put forward the local government case in spending reviews and consultations.

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Bonds agency moves into launch phase

15 December 2014

Plans for the UK's first municipal bonds agency have been given the green light to enter launch phase.


Countering fraud in local government

Fighting Fraud Locally is a strategic approach developed by local government, for local government, and addresses the need for greater prevention and smarter enforcement.


Annual local government finance settlement

Information on the amount of funding made available to local government.


Local Welfare Assistance

LGA responds to government consultation on future of local welfare funding and has sent a joint letter with a group of charities to ministers raising the issue.


Establishing a Municipal Bonds Agency

The recently published revised business case for the Municipal Bonds Agency makes a compelling case. Councils can now make it a reality by investing in the Agency's establishment and by coming forward to be an early borrower.


Academies transfer funding

The LGA's Finance team is working with member authorities on the issue of Academies Funding Transfer.


Project team appointed to prepare Bonds Agency

9 September 2014

An interim project team of capital market professionals has been appointed to prepare the UK's first municipal bonds agency, following a successful first round of fundraising.


Councils reaching ‘end of road' for managing cuts through efficiency savings

12 May 2014

Popular local services like leisure facilities, children's centres and pothole repairs are likely to bear the brunt of funding cuts over the next two years, a survey of councils' financial strategies suggests.


LGA briefing – fairer schools funding

Ahead of the Westminster Hall debate on 29 April 2014, access the LGA's briefing on fairer schools funding.


LGA response to the 2014 Budget

19 March 2014

Local Government Association Chairman, Sir Merrick Cockell, has responded to today's Budget.


Councils respond to PAC report on council tax support

10 March 2014

Cllr Sharon Taylor, Chair of the Local Government Association's Finance Panel, has responded to the Public Accounts Committee's report on council tax support.


Land registry consultation – LGA calls for independent review

Sir Merrick Cockell, Chair of the Local Government Association, is calling for an independent review into the Land Registry proposal to centralise local land charge services.

The LGA and Budget 2014

Setting out the LGA's work in relation to the Budget 2014 announcement on 19 March 2014.

The story so far: council tax support and business rate retention

In late 2013, the LGA conducted a review of the councils' experience of two greatest recent reforms to local government funding, localisation of council tax support and the introduction of business rate retention.

LGA Autumn Statement submission

Access the LGA's on the day briefing on Autumn Statement 2013, which discusses the announcements made on 5 December 2013. Also included is our pre-Autumn Statement submission which identified how the next two years will be very tough for the local government sector and set out our key asks.

LGA and the 2013 Spending Round

Here we set out the LGA's work before, during and after the 2013 Spending Round, as announced by the government on 26 June 2013. This section includes our briefings on the consultations that followed in late July.

The local impacts of welfare reform

The LGA recently commissioned the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) to produce a piece of research and modelling to understand the impact of the Government's programme of welfare reforms for local government.

LGA response to finance settlement 2013/14 and 2014/15

Read the LGA's full response to the Local Government Finance Settlement 2013/14 and 2014/15.

Future funding outlook for councils from 2010/11 to 2019/20

LGA's updated funding outlook model reveals the financial blackhole facing local government is widening by £2.1 billion a year and will reach £14.4 billion by 2020 – find the full suite of reports here.

Welfare Reform Act 2012

Introducing the wide range of reforms that aim to make the benefit and tax credits system simpler.

Universal credit

The LGA has been working with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on pilot schemes for the development of universal credit .


Looking ahead: annual local government finance conference

Full details of the conference on 6 January 2015 in London

LGA response to the Autumn Statement

Read the press release issued by the LGA in response to the Chancellor's Autumn statement

Future funding councils 2014

2014 Funding outlook for councils: methodology, assumptions and data sources

Download the technical annex

Knowledge Hub

Local Government Finance Group – for the latest discussions and networking.

Welfare reform

The local impacts of welfare reform


Impact model

Case studies