Sir Stephen Houghton (Lab), chair, Sigoma and leader, Barnsley MBC
The Scottish philosopher David Hume probably wouldn’t have looked favourably on the latest “fair” funding review consultation, and unfortunately neither do we.
Swapping one opaque formula for another is not the answer
Eliminating negative RSG will undermine urban areas’ confidence in a genuinely ‘fair’ funding review.
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”.