About the Commission

The Independent Commission on Local Government Finance is tasked with making recommendations for the reform of local government finance and find better ways to fund local services and promote economic growth in England.

The commission’s final recommendations on the future of local government finance will be presented to all of the main political parties with the aim of shaping the debate on the future of local government and influencing the next government.

The Commission on Local Government finance was established by the Local Government Association (LGA), the national voice of local government, and the Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), the professional body for public finance professionals.

The Commission will explore how an improved local government finance system could help to address five key challenges facing the country within the context of lower public spending:

• Promoting economic growth and investment in infrastructure.
• Ensuring sufficient housing is provided in every place.
• Integrating the health and social care systems to promote independent living, including preventing unnecessary health interventions.
• Achieving a welfare benefits system that promotes work and protects the vulnerable.
• Supporting families and developing young lives through early intervention.


The Commission held its first meeting in May 2014. It will publish an interim report in autumn 2014 with a view to publishing its final recommendations in early 2015.

Members of the Commission

The commission is constituted of independent members, all experts in their field .

Submissions to the Commission

The Commission welcomes submissions from any interested parties.


CIPFA is the only professional accountancy body exclusively dedicated to public finance in the world.
CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed.

CIPFA’s portfolio of qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance. We also champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services.

Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance.

About the LGA

The LGA is the national voice of local government. The LGA, the Local Government Assocaition works with councils to support, promote and improve local government.

The LGA are a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. We aim to influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils so they are able to deliver local solutions to national problems.

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