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. Making sure Council Tax payers get good value for money

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

  2. Making local councils more transparent and accountable to local people

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

  3. Giving local authorities more control over how they spend public money in their area

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

  4. Improving local transport

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


  1. Bridging the Social Divide Report

    • 28 February 2015
    • Press release
  2. Rotherham commissioners confirmed

    • 26 February 2015
    • Press release
  3. Intervention in Rotherham metropolitan district council

    • 26 February 2015
    • Written statement to Parliament

See all announcements



  1. Bridging the Social Divide

    • 28 February 2015
    • Policy paper
  2. Local government transparency code 2015

    • 27 February 2015
    • Policy paper
  3. Business rates: retail relief

    • 27 February 2015
    • Guidance

See all publications


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: change or revoke a dog control order

    How parish councils can change or revoke an existing dog control order and what changes they can make. Read more

  5. Notarial and documentary services for Moldova

    Documents and certificates available at the British embassy in Moldova. Read more