Short-term funding does not make for long-term solutions
The chancellor's Spending Round may have brought some respite for local authorities, but there is still no long-term solution, says SIGOMA chair Sir Stephen Houghton.
Fair funding breakthrough?
A ‘three block approach’ to rates retention could provide the fairer funding solution local government is looking for. Sir Stephen Houghton explains.
Chancellor misses yet another opportunity
Steve Houghton says time is fast running out for local government finance.
Deprived areas cannot shoulder the greatest burden of austerity
Sir Stephen Houghton argues it would be unfair for the Government to extend transitional grant, as is currently being lobbied by counties.
Concentrate on consensus
Chair of the Special Interest Group for Municipal Authorities, Sir Stephen Houghton, urges local government to resist the temptation to argue among itself on fair funding.