The local government finance team undertakes work to understand and influence Government spending plans.
Departmental spending reviews set resource spending limits for government departments over the medium-term. These are usually 3 or 4 years, but can be shorter (for example SR13 set out spending plans for 2015-16 only).
Annual funding allocations are determined each year at the Local government finance settlement, which must fit within the spending control totals set out by a Spending Review.
In addition, the Chancellor of the Exchequer sets out short-term spending plans twice a year at the Budget and Autumn Statement, updating tax and spending plans based on the latest economic indicators and new Government policies.
The Fair Funding team produces briefings and analysis at each of these stages.