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27 March 2007 - Lyons Inquiry - National Conference
21 March 2007 - Lyons Inquiry final report and recommendations
19 March 2007 - Sir Michael Lyons's final report - launch and forthcoming conference
11 December 2006 - Lyons seeks views on maximising local government's contribution to future economic prosperity
6 December 2006 - Lyons Inquiry to advise Government on the implications of Barker, Leitch and Eddington for local government
20 November 2006 - Lyons publishes findings from public deliberation events
14 November 2006 - Lyons publishes summary of stakeholder events
8 September 2006 - Lyons to challenge local government and businesses to work together effectively in promoting economic prosperity
17 August 2006 - Lyons to meet businesses to discuss local economic prosperity
21 July 2006 - Lyons Inquiry engages public
5 July 2006 - "Local government's active support is needed now" says Lyons
22 June 2006 - Voluntary and community organisations have a key role to play in place shaping (Adobe Acrobat file: 100kb)
21 June 2006 - Lyons calls for councils to promote the role of housing in effective place shaping
14 June 2006 - Council finance chiefs should be "finance directors for council and community" says Lyons
8 May 2006 - Sir Michael Lyons publishes his latest thinking on the future role and function of local government
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Lyons Inquiry into Local Government Funding:
Open for Business
Open for Business
Lyons Inquiry Press Notice: 4 October 2004
From today the independent inquiry into local government funding in England, led by Sir Michael Lyons, is inviting contributions to its work.
Sir Michael said:
"I would encourage anyone with an interest in this important issue to contribute to the debate. A lot of valuable work has already been done, not least in the Balance of Funding Review. I want to take this work forward and I am determined that this inquiry will provide real answers to some long-term problems which affect all of us. The first step will be to listen to the experts and those affected by the issues."
"As part of this process, we will not only be seeking written evidence, but also holding a series of meetings around the country to develop a broader understanding of the issues as they affect different regions and local communities. After this phase of evidence gathering, which I would expect to take several months, we will use that evidence to inform our detailed analysis of options which will address the issues I have been asked to tackle."
Sir Michael invited those with an interest to look at the inquiry's terms of reference and contribute their views and expertise. In particular, the inquiry would welcome evidence which bears on the questions underpinning its terms of reference:
- What are the most pressing issues affecting the present system of local government funding? How might they be resolved, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of particular options? Who would be affected and how? In particular:
- How should council tax best be reformed?
- What is the case for providing local authorities with increased flexibility to raise a larger proportion of its funding locally, or additional revenue?
- What other sources - including local income tax, reformed non-domestic rates and other local taxes and charges - could be used to raise supplementary revenue for local authorities? How would they work and what would be their advantages and disadvantages? Would a particular combination of options work better than others?
- What are the implications for the financing of possible elected regional assemblies?
- What are the priorities for analysis within the terms of reference?
Views and contributions are invited from today by e-mail to:
or in writing to:
Lyons Inquiry into Local Government Funding
1 Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2HQ
1 Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2HQ
The inquiry will publish the evidence that underpins its final recommendations.
Notes for editors
- The terms of reference for the inquiry were published on 20 July and are attached.
- The inquiry will build on the findings of the Balance of Funding Review, chaired by Nick Raynsford, which also reported on 20 July. The final report of that review, and supporting papers and research, can be found at www.local.odpm.gov.uk/finance/balance.htm
- Media enquiries should be addressed to the Lyons Inquiry on 020 7270 5282.
The Lyons Inquiry has now closed. Please direct your queries to Communities and Local Government or HM Treasury.
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