24 February 2014
Councils are concerned that the withdrawal of Government funding for local emergency support schemes may leave some areas unable to afford to help out families in crisis.
4 February 2014
The majority of councils which had money tied up in the failed Icelandic bank Landsbanki have now recouped the lion's share of their deposits, the LGA can reveal.
8 January 2014
From April this year, councils will pay to provide council tax support through their general resources with Government no longer providing a separate dedicated stream of funding.
5 December 2013
Sir Merrick Cockell, LGA Chairman, gives the LGA's response to the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.
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.
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.
Setting out the LGA's work in relation to the Budget 2014 announcement on 19 March 2014.
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.
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.
One of the Local Government Association's ten big asks in its Rewiring Public Services campaign is to boost investment in infrastructure by re-creating the thriving market in municipal bonds.
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 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.
Read the LGA's full response to the Local Government Finance Settlement 2013/14 and 2014/15.
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.
The LGA's Finance team is working with member authorities on the issue of Academies Funding Transfer.
Introducing the wide range of reforms that aim to make the benefit and tax credits system simpler.
Fighting Fraud Locally is a strategic approach developed by local government, for local government, and addresses the need for greater prevention and smarter enforcement.
The LGA has been working with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on pilot schemes for the development of universal credit .
Information on the amount of funding made available to local government.