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Analysis of Local Government Finance Settlement

We provide a wide range of analysis and information to support our position with our fairer funding campaign.  This ranges from information for Members of Parliament to enable them to take part in high profile parliamentary debates to information for local authorities to better understand their financial position or initiatives from Government.


Understanding the financial position of Rural Local Authorities


Below is an analysis provided to local authorities and rural MPs in March 2016 which provides an Analysis of Government Funding Spending Power - 2015/16 to 2016/17:

- District Analysis (click here)

- Unitary Analysis (to follow)



Below is an analysis provided to local authorities and rural MPs in January 2015 which illustrates the current rural to urban divide in the financial settlement 2015:
- Local Government Finance Settlement Analysis 2015/16

- We also provide an analysis of RO RA forms per local authority and this is available here.

- DCLG Exemplifications showing the changes to formula in respect of providing for cost of rural services

- Analysis of Rural Services Technical Adjustments Exemplifications in DCLG Business Rates Localisation Consultation


Cost of providing services in Rural Areas

- Refuse Collection Rural Premium (Presentation by D Bates 19/04/12)


Support for Local Authorities with Local Government Finance

- Business Rates Introduction (Presentation by N Benn 19/04/12)

- Finance Seminars 2014


Historical Analysis

Local Government Finance Settlement Analysis 2014/15 (MP version)

Local Government Finance Settlement Analysis 2014/15 (Local Authority version)

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A consultation on 'Unlocking Rural Britain's Digital Potential' has been launched. More details here

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BBC Countryfile Magazine

Countryfile magazine
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Fairer Funding
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For analysis and comment on key rural services, click here.


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For the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rural Services, click here.

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Rural studies archive
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