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Below are all the Whats New articles for year 2013.

SIGOMA Respond to the Provisional Local Government Financial Settlement 2014 and 2015
Read the SIGOMA overview response to the financial settlement for local authorities, issued on the day of the settlement
SIGOMA Respond to the Autumn Statement
SIGOMA respond to the announcements made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and how they may affect local authorities.
Councils in deprived areas hit hardest by council cuts
Figures have been released by SIGOMA showing the diparity in funding cuts to councils across the country, with the North East suffering £350 per head more than the more affluent South East.
New Blog on the MJ on Audit Commission Report on Business Rates Collection
Read the new SIGOMA blog responding to the Audit Commission's report on how collection rates differ for business rates across authorities, which explains why metropolitan boroughs may have lower collection rates. For subscribers to the MJ only.
SIGOMA Respond to Government Financial Consultations
Read the SIGOMA responses to the government's recent consultations on the 14/15 Financial Settlement and the New Homes Bonus.
Campaign launched to 'Stop the Growing Divide'
SIGOMA are joining with councils and organisations across the country to 'Stop the Growing Divide' between rich and poorer areas. The campaign asks Government for a discussion about how to rebalance the divide before the cuts leave the poorest areas further adrift. You can sign the e-petition to add your voice to this message.
Sign the Petition to 'Stop the Growing Divide'
Councils across the country are calling on government to support those areas worst affected by the cuts. Add your name to the e-petition by clicking the link above. Add your voice to help stop the growing divide between the richest and poorest areas.
New blog: 'An Ever Reducing Role for Needs Assessment'
We have a new blog on Local Government Chronicle which analyses the impact of the announcements in the Spending Round and the DCLG Technical Consultation. For the first time, RSG has fallen below 50% of Settlement Funding and the assessment of needs is ever-reducing.
New Blog: 'Growing Pains and Fairer Funding'
We have a new blog on PublicFinance.co.uk exploring the content of the Rural Communities report and reflecting on how our economy is fundamentally imbalanced
SIGOMA Briefing on the Spending Review and Technical Consultations
SIGOMA have released a briefing on the information released by Government in the June Spending Review and resulting Technical Consultations. SIGOMA authorities are set to have a further 9.6% cut in Spending Power in 15-16 as a result of the announcements.
SIGOMA Launch 'A Fair Future?' document for 2013
On Tuesday 11th June SIGOMA launched the key document for 2013. 'A Fair Future?' examines the true impact of past, present and future cuts on the poorest areas. SIGOMA call on the Government to stop the growing divide between the more prosperous and weaker local economies. The document and its contents will be a core focus of the SIGOMA message in 2013.
SIGOMA launch on Twitter!
You can now follow SIGOMA on Twitter for the latest news, publications and interactions. Follow @SIGOMA_SIG for more content
David Watts MP calls on Governmant to listen to SIGOMA authorities
David Watts MP supports the publication of 'A Fair Future?' and the message that SIGOMA are sending to Government:
"We all know that cuts are unavoidable at the moment. We are simply asking Government to deliver what it promised in its own policy document which is that those with the broadest shoulders would bear their fair share. What we have at the moment is the opposite with the poorest people and the poorest regions in the country bearing the most pain"
Hilary Benn MP launches SIGOMA campaign 'A Fair Future?'
Hilary Benn MP launched the SIGOMA campaign and document 'A Fair Future?' at the House of Commons on Tuesday 11th June. At the event, attended by MPs and Leaders of SIGOMA authorities Hilary Benn called for the Government to take note of the SIGOMA analysis and stated that "any money that is available must be distributed fairly."
Sheffiel Hallam University Examine the Impacts of Welfare Reform
Sheffield Hallam University have published a report analysing the local and regional impact of welfare reform to show how the reforms hit the poorest places hardest.

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