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Response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s Local Government Finance and the 2019 Spending Review inquiry

Neil Amin Smith, David Phillips and Polly Simpson
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This note addresses the questions raised by the HCLG Committee's Local Government Finance and the 2019 Spending Review inquiry. It discusses past changes to local government funding and the current situation of councils, the fitness-for-purpose of of the local government finance system and options for its reform, and how spending needs are assessed locally and nationally. 

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Briefing note
We are in the midst of major changes to local government funding – both its level and the system for raising and distributing it. This note brings together some of the key findings of our research on this topic and highlights where to find further information.