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English local government funding: trends and challenges in 2019 and beyond

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The 2010s have seen councils have to adapt to big changes to their funding. As we approach a new decade and a further set of funding reforms, IFS researchers released their first annual report on local government revenue and spending issues, supported by our Local Government Finance and Devolution Consortium.

You can download the slides from the launch event below.

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Presentation
In this presentation given the at the Local Government's Winter Finance Conference on 6th January 2020, David Phillips looks at the outlook for local government funding, arguing that unless current plans are topped up, local government could face a renewed funding squeeze from 2021-22 onwards.
Newspaper article
The Spending Round announcement last week seems a positive move for the sector on the face of it, but raises questions over the the future balance between central control and local discretion writes David Phillips in this article for the MJ.
Newspaper article
In this article for the Municipal Journal, David Phillips examines the choices the next Government will face, including whether (and how much) to raise taxes. What it decides could have big implications for councils and those who rely on their services.
Newspaper article
It seems unlikely that business rates and council tax will keep pace with costs and demand writes David Phillips in this article for the Local Government Chronicle.