Sir Stephen Houghton (Lab), chair, Sigoma and leader, Barnsley MBC
Torture the data and it will confess to anything – or so said British economist Ronald Coase.
Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities chair Sir Stephen Houghton on proposals to deal with negative revenue support grant in 2019-20
Groups representing urban areas call on the government to do more to give councils a meaningful say on Brexit negotiations
Following a general election result few foresaw, and subsequent failure of the Local Government Finance Act, the Department for Communities & Local Government has embarked on a further piecemeal approach to 100% retention.
Stephen Houghton: Council collapse is not unlikely Subscription
“Local government and the services it provides are on a cliff-edge.”
I wish to respond to a recent article in which the South East England Councils (SEEC) group claimed the authorities they represent are subject to unfair levels of underfunding and face “greater challenges” than other regions.
In his statement to Parliament on the final local government settlement, the communities secretary revealed the intention to conduct a review of what the needs assessment formula should be “in a world in which all local government spending is funded by local resources and use it to determine the transition to 100% rate retention”.
Sir Stephen Houghton: Any system that fails to take into account local needs and the ability to raise incomes risks widening the economic divide
Going out to market for a chief executiveSubscription
Common sense tells us successful organisations need strong professional leadership, writes Barnsley leader Stephen Houghton
Playing fair by business ratesSubscription
The danger with allowing local retention of business rates is that the England will become even more a land divided