Tony Travers, director, LSE London
This week’s local government finance settlement is the last one determined by the 2015 spending review.
British local government has become global news. The impact of eight years of austerity on councils in Britain has made them interesting to foreign correspondents based in the UK.
The Budget promised local government little. The previously-made commitment to uncap the housing revenue account was confirmed, but otherwise councils were given few signs that, for them, austerity is about to end.
Next week’s Budget is widely seen as of great importance for the country as it faces Brexit and on-going economic difficulties.
“Austerity is over”. The prime minister’s conference speech received broadly positive coverage.
As Brexit continues to batter the enfeebled British political system, its consequences move inexorably towards us.
The National Audit Office has turned out to be one of local government’s best friends.
Northamptonshire CC dominated the news throughout August. The question of how the council can balance its books for 2018-19 remains work in progress.
Parliament’s summer recess has created a temporary lull in the (at least) 30-years war over Brexit.
There have been 17 housing ministers in the past 21 years