Pot luck: What government needs to do to streamline local government funding

Think tank: Centre for Cities

Author(s): Stuart Bridgett

June 8, 2023

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Cities looks at persistent issues with the current grant system for local government.

Local government relies heavily on central grants to deliver economic policies, and the current system hinders its ability to respond effectively to economic change. The Levelling Up White Paper committed to streamlining the grants system for local government. However, a year on, no concrete developments have been made. This briefing proposes a way forward, identifying persistent issues with the current grant system before setting out proposals for a new streamlined grants system. It then builds on these proposals to outline what an allocation under this streamlined system could look like.