The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) established the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance with the Local Government Association (LGA) in June 2014 to examine the system of funding local government in England and bring forward recommendations on how it can be reformed to improve funding for local services and promote sustainable economic growth.
Its recommendations will be presented to all of the main political parties with the aim of shaping the debate on the future of local government finance and influencing the next government.
Responding to the Commission’s final report and recommendations published on Wednesday week, CIPFA CEO, Rob Whiteman said:
“CIPFA asked the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance to recommend pragmatic solutions which wouldn’t increase government spending, but would allow financial sustainability for public services.
“We welcome that the report establishes a clear direction of travel that Central Government has the capacity to implement and though the Commission has done a good job in outlining realistic recommendations, CIPFA believes there is room to go even further.
“The debate around devolution has provided local authorities with a unique opportunity to create a new financial model that allows those delivering local public services to respond creatively even when facing long term financial constraints.”
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The Independent Commission on Local Government Finance was set up in June 2014 and has been tasked with making recommendations for the reform of local government finance and finding better ways to fund local services and promote economic growth in England.
Its recommendations will be presented to all of the main political parties with the aim of shaping the debate on the future of local government finance and influencing the next government. The Commission was established by the Local Government Association (LGA), the national voice of local government, and the Chartered Institute for Public Finance (CIPFA), the professional body for public finance professionals. Its views and recommendations are independent of those two organisations.
For a copy of the report please contact the Local Government Association press office.
CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed. As the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, we champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance. We work with donors, partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services.