A wide range of issues impact on operational local government finance. The LGA monitors policy developments to assess their effects on local government finance, responding to consultations and working with central government and other bodies to ensure the impacts of changes are understood and fully funded.
We respond to consultations from central government departments, as well as bodies such as the Chartered Institute Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), on a variety of issues which affect local government finance.
The Spring Statement is one of two economic statements made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer every year.
Local taxation: council tax and business rates
Council tax and business rates together make up local authorities’ largest source of income. Central government has a significant degree of control over both council tax and business rates in England and sets the policy framework in which both operate.
Ahead of each Budget statement the LGA responds to the Government's call for written representations. Our submissions outline proposals for government