Inside Local Government Funding: Business Rates and Changing Landscapes

Date: 24-Jan-17 to 24-Jan-17
Location: NCVO / London / United Kingdom
Category: Education

The character of local government finance is changing rapidly. Direct grant funding is being replaced by retained local taxation and redistribution between councils. At the same time, the costs of providing many services are rising and causing intense budget pressures. Some authorities are using their increased financial autonomy to score real successes, while others are struggling in this new world.

This seminar will examine all of these trends. It will explain how many of the largest income streams operate and how they inter-relate, including the workings of business rate retention. It will also look at changing patterns of expenditure and the data which can be used to analyse this. Most importantly, it will provide an opportunity to consider how individual councils can respond to this changing landscape.

Who should attend:
This seminar is aimed at those who want to develop a more detailed understanding of local government funding across the board. It will also be useful to councillors and officers who work in areas such as regeneration, service integration and public health, who want to understand the impact of their decisions on their council’s funding.

Trainer & Facilitator: Tom Lawrence
Tom has extensive experience of working in Local Government. As a policy officer in the ‘Fair Funding’ team at London Councils, Tom was heavily involved in the development of national policy on local government finance. This included participating in many meetings with government departments and responding to government consultations on behalf of London's local authorities.

Amongst other work, Tom writes specialist finance briefings for the LGIU.

Guest speaker:
Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson OBE, former Leader of Portsmouth City Council and LGA Vice-Chairman.


Trainer/Facilitator Tom Laurence LGiU Associate, Guest Speaker CllrGerald Vernon-Jackson OBE, former Leader of Portsmouth City Council and LGA Vice-Chairman

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