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A time of revolution? British local government finance in the 2010s


This presenation was given at the launch of the research programme 'Local Government Finance and Devolution'.

This report provides an initial look at the changes in councils’ spending, funding and funding systems since 2010, and highlights some of the key issues for the planned shift to 100% retention of business rates revenues by councils in England.

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Press release
Press Release for IFS Report 'A time of revolution: British local government finance in the 2010s'
Last month, researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies launched first paper the from a new programme on local government finance. This paper looked at a range of issues including, changes in councils’ spending and revenues over the last seven years, and issues related to the evolving English ...
Book chapter
The financing of local public services involves a potential trade-off between the equalisation of funding between areas and the provision of fiscal incentives for economic growth. It also involves trade-offs between local discretion and national service standards. This chapter of the British ...
Newspaper article
Last week’s Queen’s Speech inevitably focused on Brexit. A lot of the subsequent media coverage highlighted the Conservative manifesto pledges that were missing. But councils will have noticed another notable absence: a Local Government Finance Bill. With the 2016/17 Bill failing to pass before ...
What lessons can England and Wales learn from each other when it comes to local government finance reform? In this presentation, David Phillips, Associate Director at the IFS, considers this issue.