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 councilors 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.
Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson OBE, former Leader of Portsmouth City Council and LGA Vice-Chairman:
Gerald was elected to Portsmouth City Council in 2003 and is a former leader of the council. He has had a long career in local government, working as a social worker before being elected to New Forest District Council in 1991.
Over the past 19 years as an elected member, he has served as Deputy Leader of West Berkshire County Council and Mayor of Newbury as well as Chair of Social Services, Chair of Environment, Executive Member for Health, Housing and Social Care and Executive Member with responsibility for IT, Asset Management, HR, Revenues and benefits. Gerald became Vice-Chairman of the LGA and Leader of the LGA Liberal Democrat group in 2011
He is currently a member of the Backbench Parliamentary Committee on Local Government (Liberal Democrat).
09:30-10:00 Registration and refreshments
10:00-10:10 Welcome and introductions
10:10-11:00 The big picture: local government finance the last 5 years.
11:00-11:30 The largest funding streams – Part I
11:30-11:45 Coffee break
11:45-12:35 The largest funding streams – Part II
12:35-12:50 Looking ahead - funding and needs
13:40-14:40 What councils can do – maximising income (including guest speaker & discussion in groups)
14:40-15:40 What councils can do – cutting costs, improving services (including guest speaker & discussion in groups)
15:40-15:55 Final comments
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