Fair Funding Review

  • 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.