Tony Travers, director of the Greater London Group at LSE, is one of the speakers at a one day conference on local government finance on Monday 14 March. The conference is organised by the Local Government Association.
Local government finance is at a crossroads. A last minute top-up from central government in response to local government lobbying on unfunded spending pressures may have given authorities certainty for the coming year, but beyond that, an abundance of changes from 2006-07.
As spending pressures re-emerge in 2006/07, local authorities will also be faced with the ring-fencing of schools funding and meeting the government efficiency targets. And while the move to three-year budgets should improve long-term funding certainty and planning, looming on the horizon is the unknown impacts of council tax revaluation and the hope that the Lyons Inquiry will deliver a long-term solution to the balance of funding problem.
Local Government Finance - at a crossroads is on Monday 14 March. The conference will be held at Local Government House, Conference Centre, Smith Square, London SW1.
7 March 2005