The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) paid out nearly £14bn in grants to local authorities in 2019/2020, but the short-term nature of many of those grants presents a challenge for councils’ long-term, strategic planning - often the projects require an ongoing financial commitment and an associated risk.
Together with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), we’ve produced a new report Supporting local communities and people: are local government grants effective? to highlight the complex landscape of local government grant funding, looking at whether councils, businesses and communities could be losing out on vital financial support.
Download our report to discover:
- How current bidding processes may be excluding areas of less resource or experience, preventing funding from reaching those with the greatest need
- How un-ringfenced grants provide councils with the greatest financial flexibility to support a more localist approach
- Why strong governance is needed to strike a balance between speed and due diligence to protect public funds