17 February 2017
Cllr Claire Kober, Chair of the LGA's Resources Board, said: "Councils do not set business rates. The revaluation of business rates is a matter for central government and the Valuation Office Agency."
15 February 2017
Cllr Claire Kober, Chair of the Local Government Association's Resources Board, responds to the further consultation on business rates retention launched by DCLG today.
15 December 2016
Lord Porter, Chairman of the LGA, responds to today's Local Government Finance Settlement.
13 January 2017
13 January 2017
Cllr Claire Kober, Chair of the Local Government Association's Resources Board responds to the publication of the Draft Local Government Finance Bill.
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.
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 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
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.