18 February 2015
LGA Chair Cllr David Sparks responds to the independent Commission on Local Government Finance's final report ‘Financing English Devolution',
28 January 2015
The escalating cost of caring for the elderly means councils will have to divert £1.1 billion from services like fixing potholes and running libraries and museums from April, new analysis shows.
22 January 2015
A chairman and vice-chairman have been identified to head up the UK's first municipal bonds agency, which will trade under the name Local Capital Finance Company Ltd (LCFC), as it gears up for launch.
6 January 2015
Rising numbers of families on low incomes are likely to face bigger council tax bills this year because of a shortfall in government funding for council tax support.
15 December 2014
Plans for the UK's first municipal bonds agency have been given the green light to enter launch phase.
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.
This section includes information on the government's annual settlement announcements and the LGA's work in this area.
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.
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.
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.