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Reviving Local Authority Housing DeliveryChallenging Austerity Through Municipal Entrepreneurialism$
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Janice Morphet and Ben Clifford

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447355748

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447355748.001.0001

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Overcoming austerity effects through local authority direct action?

Overcoming austerity effects through local authority direct action?

(p.83) Four Overcoming austerity effects through local authority direct action?
Reviving Local Authority Housing Delivery

Janice Morphet

Ben Clifford

Policy Press

This chapter deals with the application of austerity since 2010 as a political act designed to transform the way in which local authorities in the United Kingdom operate and are funded. It explains how the local authorities have been dependent on government funding as the UK is considered as one of the most centralised states in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It also recounts how the UK government in 2010 decided that the Revenue Support Grant (RSG) funding paid to councils would be removed through annual tapering to zero by 2020. The chapter probes the intention of the UK government to replace RSG with each of the council's retention of 75 per cent of the local business rates. It analyses the system of local government funding that operated until local government reorganisation in 1974.

Keywords:   austerity, local authorities, centralised state, Revenue Support Grant, local business rates, local government reorganisation, local government funding

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