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SIGOMA leaders draw attention to unbalanced austerity and the potential impact of current policy proposals ahead of the Local Government Finance Settlement

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Sir Stephen Houghton and Cllr Peter Box argue Brexit could be an opportunity for the UK economy to fire on all cylinders if government engages more with local representatives and seeks to balance economic interests fairly

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SIGOMA and Key Cities call on Brexit Secretary David Davis to engage more meaningfully with local government.

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Sir Stephen Houghton responds to the Chancellor's speech, expressing disappointment following a lack of investment in social care

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SIGOMA Chair Sir Stephen Houghton and Doncaster Chief Exec. Jo Miller call on the Health and Social Care minister to end the postcode lottery in care services.

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Chair Sir Stephen Houghton sets out SIGOMA's stance against Transition Grant ahead of the Final Local Government Finance Settlement

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Responses to the Transport Select Committee’s Rail infrastructure Inquiry reveal broad agreement on reasons for the regional disparity in rail funding. 

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Consensus is key

Posted on December 06, 2017

Sir Stephen Houghton considers the progress of the Fair Funding Review and the importance of consensus building

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SIGOMA challenges Transport Minister to provide official data on his department's regional infrastructure spending plans.

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Where next for council funding?

Posted on September 18, 2017

SIGOMA Chair Sir Stephen Houghton looks to the future of local government finance

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Council leaders respond to Transport Minister’s controversial comments in the Yorkshire Post

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Council leaders from across the country to call for balanced regional investment after Transport Investment U-turns

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Risk And Reward

SIGOMA Chair Sir Stephen Houghton injects some international perspective into the national debate surrounding council finances 

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SIGOMA Chair Sir Stephen Houghton comments on a Budget that provided some short-term relief but little long-term confidence for struggling local authorities.

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SIGOMA Chair Sir Stephen Houghton argues that systemic real terms cuts to education funding are the real driver behind local pressures.

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Sir Stephen Houghton speaks out over accusations that Surrey County Council were compelled to climb down from planned council tax referendum.

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SIGOMA Challenges SEEC Claims

Posted on January 24, 2017

SIGOMA Chair Sir Stephen Houghton rebukes claims made by the South East England Councils group that the authorities they represent face “greater challenges” than others.

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SIGOMA Chair Calls for Care Support

Posted on December 12, 2016

Sir Stephen Houghton wrote to the Chancellor on 9 December to express SIGOMA's care funding concerns.

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SIGOMA Chair Sir Stephen Houghton comments on the crucial announcements and omissions from the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

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Autumn Statement Comment from SIGOMA Chair

Posted on November 11, 2016

SIGOMA Chair Sir Stephen Houghton gives his take on the upcoming Autumn Statement.

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Parliament To Vote on Article 50

Posted on November 03, 2016

The High Court has ruled that the Government cannot legally trigger Article 50 without a Parliamentary Vote.

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New IFS report highlights the major changes to local government finance since 2010 and looks to the future in light of upcoming reforms.

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Homelessness Reduction Bill

Posted on October 25, 2016

Government is to support a Homelessness Reduction Private Members Bill first introduced in June, but must ensure new burdens are fully and fairly funded.

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Lower NLW Increase Expected

Posted on October 14, 2016

Following low growth in pay after the Brexit vote on June 23, a prominent think tank now expects the National Living Wage rate to be revised down.

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SIGOMA Submits Pre-Autumn Statement Views

Posted on October 07, 2016

The Special Interest Group for Municipal Authorities (SIGOMA) has today made their formal submission to HM Treasury in respect of the Autumn Statement 2016.

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New Education Funding Announced

Posted on October 04, 2016

SIGOMA welcomes education investment in some of the least socially mobile parts of the country, but argues the net must be cast wider.

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May Reportedly Set to Scrap Northern Plans

Posted on August 22, 2016

City mayors and Northern Powerhouse policies could be set to change under current Prime Minister

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Assurance Needed on Post-Brexit Funding

Posted on August 15, 2016

Local authorities seek ministerial guarantee on £5.3bn of EU funding earmarked prior to Brexit

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Growing Divide Holding Communities Back

Posted on August 01, 2016

New research reinforces the prominence of a growing regional divide between rich and poor.

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100% Retention Must Ensure Fairness

Posted on July 25, 2016

New report highlights regional inequalities that could result from 100% retention of business rates.

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New CLG Secretary of State

Posted on July 14, 2016

Sajid Javid MP has been appointed as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

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Adult Social Care Survey

Posted on July 13, 2016

Council tax rises fail to cover funding shortfall according to ADASS.

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Budget 2016

Posted on March 17, 2016

SIGOMA's on the day briefing on key points of the 2016 Budget.

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New Homes Bonus

Posted on March 10, 2016

SIGOMA's response to DCLG proposals for reforming the New Homes Bonus.

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Review of Needs Formula

Posted on February 18, 2016

SIGOMA chair, Sir Stephen Houghton, comments to the Local Government Chronicle on the Government's review proposal.

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100% Business Rate Retention

Posted on February 01, 2016

SIGOMA's submission to the CLG committee enquiry into 100% business rate retention.

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2015 Finance Settlement

Posted on January 15, 2016

SIGOMA's response to the 2015 provisional local government finance settlement.

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Game of Cuts

Posted on March 03, 2015

A short light hearted youtube presentation but with a serious underlying message which has become increasingly relevant as austerity continues to bite unevenly across the country.

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Protecting Vital Services

Posted on February 25, 2015

SIGOMA's 2015 publication proposes an alternative, fairer funding mechanism to support vital services.

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