Philip Hammond's debut Autumn Statement included a £2.3bn Housing Infrastructure Fund, £1.4bn for 40,000 new affordable homes and £1bn to boost full-fibre broadband and 5G, alongside £1.1bn to improve local roads and new City Deals and devolved powers for London. The Chancellor also promised new borrowing powers for mayors of combined authorities. Social care, however, did not get a mention. What does it all mean for local government? LGE asked the experts.  

George Osborne's Budget on 16 March new included three new devolution deals, the permanent doubling of small business rate relief, proposals to convert all schools to academies by 2020 - and another £3.5bn in public spending cuts by the end of the

In December, Greg Clark announced a Local Government Finance Settlement that will pave the way for Britain to become "one of the most decentralised countries in the world" ahead of councils being 100 per cent funded by council tax, business rates and other local revenues by 2020. The settlement includes the offer of four-year fixed budgets and an extra £1.5bn to support social care on top of £2bn from the new two per cent council tax precept.  Core spending will be fall from £44.5bn in 2015-16 to £44.3bn in 2019-20 with real terms savings of 6.7 per cent needed by the end of the decade. Clark confirmed the settlement on 8 February. 


The Autumn Statement and Spending Review included a number of major announcements for local government, including the phasing out of the block grant, full retention of business rates, a new two per cent council tax precept to fund social care, an extra £1.5bn for the Better Care Fund and a target of delivering 400,000 affordable homes. Does this mark a fundamental change for local government? LGE asks the experts.

What should be the Chancellor's priorities for local government in November's Spending Review - and what will the reality look like? LGE asks the experts. 

What does the Queen's Speech mean for local government?

LGE's panel of experts examine the final Budget before the general election. 

Paul Dossett, head of local government, Grant Thornton

Q: Is the social care funding crisis piling pressure on A&E?

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chair, Local Government Association Community Wellbeing Board

Q: What does 2015 hold for local government?

Neil McInroy, chief executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies

Q:  George Osborne has promised "serious devolution" for cities that adopt elected mayors. What do you think?

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