The government is giving local councils more power to decide how to spend public money in their areas so they can meet local people’s needs. At the same time, the government is helping to make sure Council Tax payers get value for money by making councils more transparent and accountable.

Policies 4

  1. Council Tax reform

    We're helping councils to freeze Council Tax bills and giving local people the right to vote against excessive Council Tax rises.

  2. Local council transparency and accountability

    We want local councils to provide more information on how they are spending public money and about the decisions they make.

  3. Local government spending

    We're handing back control to councils, and letting them share in the financial benefits of generating growth in their areas.

  4. Local transport

    The government is giving councils more freedom to improve their local transport systems to make them more efficient and sustainable.

Detailed guides

  1. Refer a deceased person's estate to the Treasury Solicitor

    Notify the Bona Vacantia division that a person has died without leaving a will or any known blood relatives. Read more

  2. Local authorities and the Green Deal

    Guidance for local authorities in delivering the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) in their communities. Read more

  3. How to get ethnic minority employment data

    Guidance for local government and employers who need data on ethnic minority employment to set targets and monitor improvement in local areas. Read more

  4. Parish councils: fixed penalty notices

    Your powers to issue fixed penalty notices for environmental offences including litter, graffiti, fly-posting and dog control order offences. Read more

  5. Abandoned vehicles: council responsibilities

    How councils should deal with abandoned vehicles, including finding owners, giving penalties and vehicle disposal. Read more