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Local government capacity survey: Finance

This report shows quantitative and qualitative finance workforce data highlighting challenges in recruiting, developing and retaining staff across all finance disciplines, and increasing pressures facing finance teams.

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Ten questions for audit committees

The role of the audit committee is normally to seek assurance that the council’s financial reporting, internal controls, governance, and risk management are effective and can be relied upon by councillors and citizens. The audit committee is the committee of the council to which has been delegated the task of looking into such matters in detail.

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Must know guide: The annual budget process

The annual budget process is probably the single biggest, most complex exercise that any council undertakes as part of its annual cycle. Getting this process right is vital to the council’s success and contributes significantly to what it achieves for the local area.

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Learning from councils which faced finance and governance challenges

In September 2022, the LGA commissioned Human Engine to conduct a desktop study on five councils with experience of finance and governance challenges which led to either a S114 report or a capitalisation direction with a governance review at the time the research was commissioned.

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Local government finance capacity and capability study

As part of our sector support programme funded by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), we commissioned Local Partnerships to undertake research into capacity and capability in local government finance. Our aim is that this report will support councils in understanding the pressures and challenges finance teams are facing, and the actions they can take.

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A councillor's workbook on finance for non-finance portfolio holders / cabinet members

This workbook has been designed to enable councillors holding a non-finance portfolio to better understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to the financial aspects of their role.

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Reforming revenues - options for the future financing of local government

The LGA commissioned WPI Economics to carry out a review of the current and alternative sources of local government revenue financing and an assessment of their strengths and weaknesses against the principles set out by the LGA: sufficiency, buoyancy, fairness, efficiency of collection, predictability, transparency and incentive.

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Spending Review 2021 departmental supplement: Ministry of Defence

This supplement to the LGA’s Spending Review submission sets out further proposals which we would like to work with the Government on implementing. It should be read together with the main submission which also contains proposals relevant to various Government departments.

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Spending Review 2021 departmental supplement: Home Office

This supplement to the LGA’s Spending Review submission sets out further proposals which we would like to work with the Government on implementing. It should be read together with the main submission which also contains proposals relevant to various government departments.

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Spending Review 2021 departmental supplement: Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

This supplement to the LGA’s Spending Review submission sets out further proposals which we would like to work with the Government on implementing. It should be read together with the main submission which also contains proposals relevant to various government departments.

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