Fair Funding Review

  • Will funding land next month to help levelling up?

    17 November 2021

    Councils will await with interest December’s annual financial settlement to see where funding lands at the local level, says Paul O'Brien. Will this signify the beginning of significant attempts at levelling up, he asks.

  • It is teamwork that makes the dream work

    20 October 2021

    The Government would be wise to do all it can to de-escalate tensions with councils over funding, says Joanne Pitt.

  • Council tax could easily rise by 5% a year - IFS

    06 October 2021

    English councils will need billions more from government and big tax rises to maintain services and pay for social care reforms, says new analysis published today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

  • A clearer path?

    05 October 2021

    David Phillips says the Spending Review cannot bring councils funding certainty but it can bring clarity – and the Government should still use it to answer some key questions.

  • Hartlepool call for fairer funding

    11 August 2021

    A cross-party demand for fairer council tax and local government funding has been sent to Secretary of State Robert Jenrick by Hartlepool BC.

  • It’s only a win if everyone succeeds

    27 July 2021

    For SIGOMA members – unitary and metropolitan councils across England – funding service fairly is the key, says Sir Stephen Houghton.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Finance reforms in 2022-23 'challenging but possible'

    25 May 2021

    Government officials believe it is still possible to introduce much-anticipated finance reforms to the sector in time for the next financial year, The MJ understands.

  • A busy summer through to autumn of future funding consultations lies ahead

    14 April 2021

    The outmoded system of local government financing means huge disparities between councils’ funding levels continue and the sector faces a real medium-term period of uncertainty that has been knocking on the door for years, says Tracy Bingham.

  • Discrimination twice as high among ethnic minorities

    12 April 2021

    People from ethnic minority backgrounds are twice as likely to face discrimination when using local services, new research has suggested.

  • Seize the reins

    30 March 2021

    The County Councils Network's new business plan for recovery and renewal puts forward evidence-based practical proposals to influence the Government's key agendas across six clear priorities, says Simon Edwards.

  • Making council tax fairer is a good place to start on levelling up

    26 January 2021

    If the Government wants to level-up, fostering inclusive growth and recovery across the country, making council tax fairer would be a good place to begin, argues John Dudding.

  • Questioning the quantum

    11 May 2020

    The ‘business as usual’ funding envelope is not enough in a time of emergency. Rob Whiteman advocates a rethink of the planned fair funding review.

  • Districts win in latest allocations

    28 April 2020

    Districts have won a significantly higher share of funding in the latest allocations of government cash to help councils cope with coronavirus.

  • The positive process of peer review

    06 February 2020

    Tony Kirkham recently took part in a Local Government Association peer review. He says the process was intensive and hard work - but he 'enjoyed every minute'.

  • The ‘unfair’ funding review needs a bigger cake

    28 January 2020

    The temptation is to launch open season on ‘the other side’ – be that the political or geographical or type of council. But, in reality, the question is how does local government get a bigger cake, says Heather Jameson.

  • Welcome to the twenties

    28 January 2020

    The new Government is rhetorically placing itself as a radical one that will move fast, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West – but he warns that for local government there is a ‘groundhog day’ element.

  • Ministers row with LGA over fair funding review modelling

    28 January 2020

    A row broke out between ministers and the Local Government Association (LGA) after it modelled the potential impact of the fair funding review.

  • Poorer areas to lose 'hundreds of millions' under proposed changes

    27 January 2020

    Former Labour stronghold areas are to lose millions of pounds under the fair funding review, analysis by Local Government Association's Labour group has found.

  • Friday the 13th

    04 December 2019

    Friday the 13th is usually seen as an unlucky day, says Tony Kirkham - but he hopes the next one is 'the first step on a safe transition, starting with a budget settlement which leads to a sustainable future for local government'.

  • LGA calls for 'full assessment' of funding needs

    28 October 2019

    Whitehall should commit to a ‘full assessment’ of the overall funding needs of the sector in the Spending Review and guarantee to fully fund them, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.