Posted on December 05, 2022
Writing in the Municipal Journal, SIGOMA chair, Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton, explains why levelling up is now on life support following the Autumn Statement.
Posted on November 21, 2022
Analysis shared with the Local Government Chronicle and The Observer shows how uneven increases in Council Tax are in different parts of the country.
Posted on November 14, 2022
Writing in The Yorkshire Post, SIGOMA chair Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton, warned that the government must not repeat the mistakes of austerity.
Posted on November 11, 2022
Writing in the Municipal Journal, SIGOMA chair Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton, set our his asks for the upcoming Autumn Statement.
Posted on November 02, 2022
Writing in the Municipal Journal, SIGOMA chair, Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton, sets our 3 key ways the new Secretary of State can restart the "levelling up" agenda.
Posted on October 26, 2022
Posted on October 19, 2022
Posted on October 11, 2022
Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton warns that pause must come with additional resource.
Posted on October 05, 2022
Detailed financial survey published reveals £2.5bn inflationary pressure over three years and the risk to frontline services and regeneration projects central to the "levelling up" agenda.
Posted on September 30, 2022
Posted on September 26, 2022
Writing in the Municipal Journal, Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton warned that while support is welcome, inflationary pressure will place extraordinary pressure on council budgets this winter.
Posted on September 01, 2022
Writing in the MJ, Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton argued that formula grant, rather than new devolved tax powers, were the best way to support "levelling up".
Posted on July 26, 2022
Writing in the MJ, Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton argued that placing deprivation as the "cornerstone" of how local government is funded could help re-start the flagging agenda.
Posted on July 01, 2022
Writing in the Municipal Journal, Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton warned that inflation will impact the poorest most and the government needs to step in to stop a return to austerity.
Posted on June 22, 2022
Survey of SIGOMA member authorities, covered by The Guardian, The i and the Local Government Chronicle, finds urgent need for emergency funding and certainty.
Posted on May 25, 2022
Writing in the Municipal Journal, Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton warned that unless more funding quickly reaches the most deprived areas time will run out for the 'levelling up' agenda.
Posted on May 04, 2022
Writing in the Municipal Journal, SIGOMA chair, Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton, called for the government to release the council-by-council comparative funding data to show that the UK Shared Prosperity Fund will match previous EU structural funding.
Posted on April 14, 2022
Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton offered his initial analysis following publication of council allocations of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
Posted on April 07, 2022
Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton offered his initial response to the Chancellor's statement and then set out a lengthier analysis in The Municipal Journal.
Posted on March 25, 2022
Writing in the Municipal Journal, Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton explained the importance of Covid funding, including the Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF), being extended into 2022/23.
Posted on February 25, 2022
Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton set out his thoughts on the levelling up white paper in the Municipal Journal.
Posted on February 08, 2022
Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton offers his response to the final local government finance settlement and public health grant allocations.
Posted on February 02, 2022
Writing in the Municipal Journal, Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton set out the importance of reform of government finances to allow proper funding core council services which protect the most vulnerable.
Posted on February 02, 2022
Writing in the Local Government Chronicle, Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton, also set out what to watch out for when the paper is published.
Posted on December 16, 2021
SIGOMA chair, Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton, responds to the local government finance settlement.
Posted on November 22, 2021
Analysis of the CRF found that despite the claim that the fund would "support people and communities most in need" just a quarter went to the most deprived councils.
Posted on November 01, 2021
Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton delivers analysis of the spending review which was covered in the local government press and The Guardian.
Posted on October 21, 2021
Today, Cllr Houghton, chair of SIGOMA launched an alternate "3 block" model for sustainably funding local government finance.
Posted on October 12, 2021
Writing in the Municipal Journal, and the Yorkshire Post, SIGOMA chair, Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton, responded to the recent social care announcements.
Posted on July 19, 2021
The Housing, Communities and Local Government committee heard oral evidence from sector representatives including SIGOMA chair Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton before publishing their report "Local authority financial sustainability and the section 114 regime".
Posted on April 01, 2021
Analysis of council tax increases show that the most deprived decile have seen the biggest increases of the tax - areas that can least afford to pay for the increases.
Posted on December 17, 2020
SIGOMA chair warns that spending power increases based on council tax rises are an unsustainable way to fund local government particularly for social care.
Posted on September 03, 2020
An internal survey, shared exclusively with The MJ, revealed the severe financial strain and uncertainty that Covid has caused for council finances.
Posted on August 27, 2020
SIGOMA chair, Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton, warned councils would face a "large gap" between income losses and government compensation.
Posted on June 21, 2020
Posted on April 27, 2020
Analysis of the "Covid returns" of the 47 members of SIGOMA found that a combination of income losses and increased expenditure would lead to a shortfall of £2.2bn over 2021/22.
Posted on February 24, 2020
In advance of the settlement debate today, Sir Stephen Houghton has sent a personal message to MPs whose constituencies include poorer municipal councils represented by SIGOMA, the organisation he chairs.
Posted on July 12, 2019
Councillor Wasim Ali of Sandwell Council new Vice Chair of SIGOMA
Posted on May 22, 2019
SIGOMA responds to CCN 'Review of Local Government Spending Need and Funding' report
Posted on May 02, 2019
Sir Stephen Houghton argues a more nuanced view should be taken on recently mooted Treasury plans for more fiscal devolution.
Posted on March 13, 2019
Sir Stephen Houghton says today's announcements still leave under-pressure local services in England’s most vulnerable towns and cities hanging from a precipice.
Posted on February 21, 2019
SIGOMA Chair Sir Stephen Houghton responds to latest funding review consultation.
Posted on January 29, 2019
Sir Stephen Houghton says urban areas have lost confidence in the Government’s ability to carry out a fair funding review
Posted on January 28, 2019
SIGOMA Chair responds to the County Councils Network's defence of downgrading deprivation as part of the 'Fair' Funding Review
Posted on December 13, 2018
SIGOMA Chair Sir Stephen Houghton considers the implications of the 2019-20 Settlement on deprived towns and cities
Posted on December 13, 2018
SIGOMA Chair Comments on unfair allocations in the 2019-20 Provisional Settlement
Posted on November 06, 2018
SIGOMA Chair Sir Stephen Houghton challenges county claims of funding disadvantage
Posted on September 24, 2018
SIGOMA leaders draw attention to unbalanced austerity and the potential impact of current policy proposals ahead of the Local Government Finance Settlement
Posted on June 19, 2018
Sir Stephen Houghton and Cllr Peter Box argue Brexit could be an opportunity for the UK economy to fire on all cylinders if government engages more with local representatives and seeks to balance economic interests fairly
Posted on June 19, 2018
SIGOMA and Key Cities call on Brexit Secretary David Davis to engage more meaningfully with local government.
Posted on March 07, 2018
SIGOMA Chair Sir Stephen Houghton and Doncaster Chief Exec. Jo Miller call on the Health and Social Care minister to end the postcode lottery in care services.
Posted on January 26, 2018
Chair Sir Stephen Houghton sets out SIGOMA's stance against Transition Grant ahead of the Final Local Government Finance Settlement
Posted on December 21, 2017
Responses to the Transport Select Committee’s Rail infrastructure Inquiry reveal broad agreement on reasons for the regional disparity in rail funding.
Posted on November 15, 2017
SIGOMA challenges Transport Minister to provide official data on his department's regional infrastructure spending plans.
Posted on August 23, 2017
Council leaders respond to Transport Minister’s controversial comments in the Yorkshire Post
Posted on August 11, 2017
Council leaders from across the country to call for balanced regional investment after Transport Investment U-turns
Posted on May 23, 2017
SIGOMA Chair Sir Stephen Houghton injects some international perspective into the national debate surrounding council finances
Posted on March 08, 2017
SIGOMA Chair Sir Stephen Houghton comments on a Budget that provided some short-term relief but little long-term confidence for struggling local authorities.
Posted on March 01, 2017
SIGOMA Chair Sir Stephen Houghton argues that systemic real terms cuts to education funding are the real driver behind local pressures.
Posted on January 24, 2017
SIGOMA Chair Sir Stephen Houghton rebukes claims made by the South East England Councils group that the authorities they represent face “greater challenges” than others.
Posted on November 25, 2016
SIGOMA Chair Sir Stephen Houghton comments on the crucial announcements and omissions from the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.
Posted on November 03, 2016
The High Court has ruled that the Government cannot legally trigger Article 50 without a Parliamentary Vote.
Posted on October 26, 2016
New IFS report highlights the major changes to local government finance since 2010 and looks to the future in light of upcoming reforms.
Posted on October 25, 2016
Government is to support a Homelessness Reduction Private Members Bill first introduced in June, but must ensure new burdens are fully and fairly funded.
Posted on October 07, 2016
The Special Interest Group for Municipal Authorities (SIGOMA) has today made their formal submission to HM Treasury in respect of the Autumn Statement 2016.
Posted on August 22, 2016
City mayors and Northern Powerhouse policies could be set to change under current Prime Minister
Posted on August 01, 2016
New research reinforces the prominence of a growing regional divide between rich and poor.
Posted on February 18, 2016
SIGOMA chair, Sir Stephen Houghton, comments to the Local Government Chronicle on the Government's review proposal.
Posted on January 15, 2016
SIGOMA's response to the 2015 provisional local government finance settlement.