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  • The Provisional 2022-23 Local Government Finance Settlement

    The provisional 2022-23 Local Government Finance Settlement was published on 16 December 2021 following a Written Ministerial Statement by the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). It outlines provisional funding allocations for local authorities for 2022-23. This briefing provides a summary of the outcome for London local government.

  • London Councils' Spending Review Response

    The Spending Review 2021 sets out the government’s spending plans and departmental budgets for the next three years (2022-23 to 2024-25). This briefing provides an overview of the funding announcements and London Councils’ initial response to them.

  • Business Rates Update

    This briefing updates on government reforms to business rates and on planned reforms to the business rates retention scheme, as well as the London business rates pool, within the context of the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

  • March Budget 2021

     Key Headlines

    • 100 per cent Business Rates Reliefs for retail, hospitality, and leisure are extended to the end of June 2021 and continue at 66 per cent for the remainder of the year (subject to capping). 
    • Restart Grants of up to £6,000 per premises for non-essential retail businesses and up to £18,000 per premises for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses will be provided. 
    • An additional £425 million of discretionary business grant funding will also be provided – details TBC.
  • Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2021/22

     

    On 17 December 2020, the government published the Provisional 2021/22 Local Government Finance Settlement, setting out provisional funding allocations for local authorities for 2021/22, following the high-level details that were announced in the Spending Review 2020 in November. Full details, alongside further details of Covid-19 related funding, can be found on the MHCLG website. This briefing details the main headlines for London local government.

  • Spending Review 2020

    The Spending Review 2020 sets out the government’s spending plans and departmental budgets for 2021-22. This briefing provides an overview of the funding announcements and London Councils’ initial response to them.

  • CSR 2020: London Councils’ Representation to Government

    This briefing summarises the main proposals from the representation. 

  • Impact of Covid-19 on Local Government Finance

    Summarises the local government funding measures announced by the government since March 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

  • Budget 2020: London Councils' Representation to Government

    London Councils has submitted a detailed representation to government highlighting the distinctive pressures on local government services in the capital and making the case for reform

  • Towards a More Coordinated Approach to Car Clubs

    This member briefing showcases the results of recent work to understand and support the potential for car clubs 

  • Dedicated Schools Grant and School Funding

    This briefing sets out London’s share of the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) allocations for 2020/21, including the breakdown for the Schools Block, High Needs Block, Early Years Block and Central School Services Block. The government will increase the DSG by £2.6 billion in 2020/21, yet London will receive the smallest increase across the three main funding blocks. This presents a number of challenges for London local government to address, which are set out in this briefing.

  • Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2020/21

    The provisional 2020/21 Local Government Finance Settlement was published on 20 December 2019 

  • Indices of Deprivation 2019

    Summarises the initial findings from the Indices, and what this means for London local government.

  • Spending Round 2019

    The Spending Round 2019 sets out the government’s spending plans and departmental budgets for 2020/21 ahead of a full multi-year spending review expected in 2020

  • Survey of Funding Pressures on London’s Children’s Services

    This briefing summarises recent work to understand the financial pressures facing Children’s Services in London that accounted for £1.7 billion of London borough spending.

  • London Ventures

    This briefing alerts members to the ongoing work of the London Ventures programme and a number of key developments in the programme for 2019/20.

  • Business Rates Retention Reform

    In December 2018, the government published its latest consultation on business rates retention reform

  • Fair Funding Review: Our Response to the Consultation on Need and Resources

    The government’s Fair Funding Review will set new funding baselines for English local authorities from April 2020. 

  • Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2019/20

    The provisional 2019/20 Local Government Finance Settlement was announced on 13 December 2018. This briefing sets out the main headlines for London local government 

  • London's Local Services: Investing in the Future

    London Councils new report: London’s local services: Investing in the future sets out our core priorities and asks of the government ahead of the forthcoming Spending Review

  • Budget 2018

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivered his third Budget on 29 October. This briefing sets out the key details relevant for London Local government.
     

  • Budget 2018 - London Councils' representation to Government

    London Councils has made a detailed representation to government highlighting pressures on local government that should be addressed in the Budget

  • An Overview of the Upcoming Reforms to Local Government Finance

    Local government finance is facing a period of growing uncertainty ahead of a number of important fiscal and policy events in the next 18 months. This briefing provides an update on those key events

  • Business Rates Devolution Update

    London’s 33 local authorities and the Greater London Authority will pilot the pooling and 100 per cent local retention of the capital’s business rates income in 2018/19

  • Fair Funding Review: Our Response to the Consultation on Need

    The government is undertaking the Fair Funding Review to update funding baselines for every local authority to be implemented from 2020. This briefing provides an overview of the progress of the Review

  • No Recourse to Public Funds

    This briefing sets out the key findings from London Councils’ research into the impact on boroughs’ finances of providing statutory support to people with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF).

  • Changes to Local Housing Allowance rates for 2018/19

    This briefing explains important changes to Local Housing Allowance rates for 2018/19, including the first increase in the LHA caps since 2015, and what this means for London local authorities.

  • Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement

    The provisional 2018/19 Local Government Finance Settlement was announced by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

  • Autumn Budget Representation

    The government will publish its Autumn Budget on Wednesday 22 November 2017. This briefing summarises the evidence, argument and proposals from our representation.

  • Potential Pooling of Business Rates in London in 2018/19

    London Councils’ and GLA officers have been discussing the potential voluntary pooling of business rates in the capital in 2018/19 with government.

  • Spring Budget 2017

    The Spring Budget included some very significant announcements relating to devolution to London government, adult social care funding and business rates, while there were relatively few new policy announcements in other areas. This briefing sets out the key details relevant for London local government.

  • Spring Budget Representation

    The Spring Budget will take place on 8 March 2017. London Councils has submitted a detailed representation to government

  • Local Government Finance Bill

    The Local Government Finance Bill makes proposals for the legislative framework to deliver the Government’s commitment to allow local government to retain 100 per cent of business rates by 2020

  • London Finance Commission

    Following the publication of the London Finance Commission's second report, Devolution: a capital idea, this briefing provides an update on what has been announced and London Councils’ work in this policy area.

     

  • Local Government Finance Settlement 2017/18

    The provisional 2017-18 Local Government Finance Settlement was announced on 15 December 2015. This briefing details the main headlines from the settlement for London local government.

  • Improving Lives: The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper

    ‘Improving Lives: The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper’ was published this year. Read our briefing

  • Autumn Statement 2016

    This briefing sets out the key details of the Autumn Statement 2016 relevant for London Local government.

  • Business Rates Devolution Latest

    Over the summer, the government consulted on its initial plans for local government to retain 100 per cent of business rates by 2020. London Councils responded jointly with the GLA, putting forward a vision for how a devolved business rates retention system could work in London. This briefing recaps on London Government’s joint proposals (see also Member Briefing No.370, June 2016); provides an update on recent developments, including the impact of the 2017 Business Rates Revaluation, and looks ahead at the proposed timetable for implementing the reforms.

     

  • Business Rates Devolution

    Last year, the government announced it would allow councils to retain 100 per cent of business rates revenues by 2020, and introduce a range of measures to increase local control of the system.

  • Budget 2016

    On 16 March 2016, Chancellor George Osborne delivered his eighth Budget. The key headlines for London Local government are summarised in this briefing.

  • Apprenticeship Target and Levy

    This briefing provides an update on the government’s new Apprenticeship Levy and the apprenticeship target for public sector bodies, both of which impact directly on London boroughs.

  • Councils taking the lead in safeguarding adults

    This briefing updates members on changes that have been made since the Care Act 2014 to ensure that vulnerable adults are properly protected and getting the right levels of support

  • Discretionary Housing Payment Funding

    This briefing updates members on the government’s allocation of discretionary housing payment funding for 2016/17 and London Councils’ efforts to ensure London boroughs’ unique circumstances are recognised.

  • Local Government Finance Settlement 2016/17

    The final 2016-17 Local Government Finance Settlement was announced yesterday (8 February 2016) by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
  • Local Government Finance Settlement 2016 and 2017

    This briefing highlights the key points and implications for London boroughs arising from the Local Government Finance Settlement announced on 17 December 2015.

  • Business Rates Devolution

    This briefing discuss changes announced in October to the way local government will be funded by 2020. 

  • Indices of Deprivation 2015

    This briefing summarises the initial outputs from the Indices, and what this means for London local government.

  • No Recourse to Public Funds

    Key findings from research to establish the nature and extent of the financial impact on London boroughs of No Recourse to Public Funds

     

  • Discretionary Housing Payment Expenditure

    This briefing analyses Discretionary Housing Payment figures in detail and examines the overall trends in the context of further welfare reforms. 

  • Summer Budget

    Read about the key issues for London local government to emerge from the 2015 Summer Budget

  • No recourse to public funds

    The numbers of Londoners classed as being with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) are growing rapidly and placing increasing pressure on boroughs.