It was held at the Royal Overseas League, Park Place, St. James's Street, London, SW1A 1LR.
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There were two speakers: Dan Bates & Adrian Jenkins from Pixel Financial Management.
Dan Bates gave an in-depth review of the recent Finance Settlement (2016/17 - 2019/20), looking in particular at its impact on the rural / urban split.
He also analysed the government's latest Budget (published on 16 March 2016) and its implications for local government.
Adrian Jenkins summarised the key analysis and conclusions from Pixel's report for RSN on business rates.
He gave an overview of potential changes in local government finance during the remainder of the parliament and identified the potential impact on rural authorities, including:
* Review of needs
* Revaluation and 100% rates retention
* Devolution and reorganisation
Adrian also looked at the future of funding and the rural "ask" – looking of what rural authorities could ask for on needs, business rates, devolution; thoughts about potential lobbying strategy.
Further to the seminar, attached are two documents produced by Pixel which focus on the following areas:
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