Local Government Finance Under the New Government

Confirmed speakers:

  • Leon Clement, Senior Policy Advisor, Local Government Finance Reform, Department for Communities & Local Government
  • Nicola Morton, Head of Local Government Finance, LGA
  • Paul Honeyben, Strategic Lead: Finance, Performance and Procurement, London Councils
  • Andrew Tubb, Policy Advisor, National Association of Local Councils
  • Thomas Foster, Senior Manager - Local Government Advisory, Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Dr Peter Kenway, Director and Co-Founder, New Policy Institute
  • Neil Amin-Smith, Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Caroline Adlem, Head of Traded Development, Essex County Council
  • Ian Fifield, Managing Director, Fifield Training Limited (event chair)


Through the Local Government Finance Bill the previous Government sought to legislate for the 100% retention of business rates by local authorities, beginning in the 2019-20 Financial Year. This formed part of a radical strategy to phase out Central Government Grant and make local authorities more financially self-reliant. However, since the General Election, there has been uncertainty over the future of Local Government Finance reform under the new Government.

Join us on 2nd November for an up-to-date brief from Leon Clement, Senior Policy Advisor, Local Government Finance Reform, DCLG​ about the new Government's priorities for Local Government Finance reform, at an event which will cover business rates, council tax and best practice in income generation.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • Government plans to phase out Central Government Grant
  • Progress on reforms to business rates
  • Other policy priorities for the new Government
  • Impact of the 2017 business rate revaluation
  • Appeals against rateable values
  • Business rate reliefs and exemptions
  • Using the council tax precept to invest in social care
  • Scope for flexibility over council tax rates
  • Best practice in raising revenue through traded services
  • Using joint ventures to generate income
  • Other methods of income generation

The Event:

The morning will include a keynote speech from Leon Clement, Senior Policy Advisor, Local Government Finance Reform, DCLG​​ on the new Government's priorities for Local Government Finance reform, as well as a separate session on proposals to reform business rates.

The afternoon will look at the future of council tax and there will also be a session covering best practice in income generation by local authorities.

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

Who Should Attend?

Delegates will be drawn from anyone with an interest in local government finance, including those with the following job titles: Chief Finance Officer, Section 151 Officer, Head of Financial Services, Head of Strategic Finance, Resources Director, Head of Finance, Head of Revenue Services.

For registration enquiries please contact: Customer.Services@westminster-briefing.com | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email: Dominic.Leigh@dodsgroup.com.

Thursday 2nd November 2017

11.00am - 4.00pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Above prices exclude VAT

Background Quote

“Reforms to Local Government Finance, based around 100% business rates retention offer a bold and innovative response to the twin challenges of promoting economic growth and securing more self-sufficient and sustainable local government. They will help determine the role, purpose and means of delivery for local government in the years ahead.”

- The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, House of Commons, February 2017

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