14 June 2016
Cllr Claire Kober, Resources Portfolio Holder at the LGA, said: "The voice of local government is critical in ensuring the move to localised business rates works effectively. We continue to work alongside government on how the new system should be designed to maximise the potential it offers to our local communities and businesses. This includes how councils can be rewarded for growing their local economies and areas less able to generate business rates income remain protected."
18 May 2016
Cllr Claire Kober, Resources Portfolio Holder at the Local Government Association, responds to the Local Growth and Jobs Bill announced in today's Queen's Speech, paving the way towards 100 per cent business rates retention.
3 May 2016
Responding to the Money Advice Trust and StepChange report on council tax arrears, Cllr Claire Kober, Resources Portfolio Holder at the Local Government Association, said: "Faced with growing funding pressures, councils are increasingly unable to plug the ever-widening gap between the money they receive to fund council tax support and they need to protect those on low incomes."
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.
In October 2015, the Government announced a move to full business rate retention for local government.
To ensure the new system works effectively for the whole sector, it is essential that local government is involved in the policy development.
As a result, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the LGA have launched a Steering Group, made up of representatives from across local government, to oversee the development of these reforms. The inaugural meeting took place on 12 April.
This section includes information on the government's annual settlement announcements and the LGA's work in this area.
The UK's Municipal Bonds Agency (Local Capital Finance Company) exists for a single purpose: to reduce councils' capital costs over the long term.
8 July 2015
Our Chairman responds to the Chancellor's Summer Budget.
This is the Technical Annex to the LGA's 2015 Future Funding Outlook and explains the calculations behind the model
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.
The LGA has set out a broad range of proposals for the Government to consider as part of the Spending Review, aimed at streamlining public services, generating investment, and protecting social care and health - all while saving the public purse almost £2 billion a year.
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