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Local Government Finance and the 2019 Spending Review inquiry

Inquiry

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has announced a new inquiry into local government finance. Ahead of the Spending Review 2019 expected this autumn, the inquiry will consider how effective the existing funding set-up for local government is in providing resources to meet need and demand for local services both now and in the future. The Committee’s work will seek to directly inform government policy towards local government funding in the Spending Review and beyond.

Terms of reference

The Committee is inviting submissions on:

  • What lessons can be learned from past changes to local government funding in England, the current financial situation of councils, and how this has affected their ability to deliver services.
  • The efficiency, fitness for purpose and sustainability of the current system for funding local government (central government funding, council tax, business rates retention and other income); how it could be improved, including options for widening the available sources of funding; and what lessons can be learned from other jurisdictions.
  • How funding needs of local government are assessed. The current and forecast funding needs of local government and how these needs can be better understood at both a national and local level.
  • The approach the Government should take to local government funding as part of the 2019 Spending Review, what the key features of that settlement should be, and what the potential merits are of new or alternative approaches to the provision of funding within the review.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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18th Report - Local government finance and the 2019 Spending Review
Inquiry Local Government Finance and the 2019 Spending Review inquiry
HC 2036
Report
Response to this report
Government response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee report on local government finance and the 2019 Spending Review
CP 185
Government Response

Oral evidence transcripts

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18 June 2019
Inquiry Local Government Finance and the 2019 Spending Review inquiry
Witnesses Rishi Sunak MP, Minister for Local Government, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government .
Oral Evidence
4 June 2019
Inquiry Local Government Finance and the 2019 Spending Review inquiry
Witnesses Lord Porter of Spalding, Chair, Local Government Association, Cllr Paul Carter, Chair, County Councils Network, Cllr John Fuller, Chair, District Councils Network, and Frances Foster, Treasurer, SIGOMA (Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities); Dr Jonathan Carr-West, CEO, Local Government Information Unit , and Andrew Carter, CEO, Centre for Cities (at 4.45pm); Alison Cox, Director of Cancer Prevention, Cancer Research UK, Jeanelle de Gruchy, President, Association of Directors of Public Health, and David Buck, The King’s Fund (at 5.30pm).
Oral Evidence
13 May 2019
Inquiry Local Government Finance and the 2019 Spending Review inquiry
Witnesses Professor Tony Travers, London School of Economics, Neil Amin-Smith, Institute of Fiscal Studies, Professor Pete Murphy, Nottingham Trent University, Rob Whiteman, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and AccountancySir Amyas Morse, Comptroller and Auditor General, National Audit Office
Oral Evidence
London Councils (FSR0117)
London Borough of Camden (FSR0115)
YoungMinds (FSR0116)

Contact us

Please note that the contact details below are for the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee

  • Email: luhccom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: 020 7219 1975 (general enquiries) | 020 7219 7556 (media inquiries)
  • Address: Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA