APSE: Sustainable local government finance and liveable local areas – Can we survive to 2020?: APSE and NPI have published research which finds that by 2020, the combined current and capital spending by UK local government will be lower than at any time since before 1948. Whilst recent settlements mean the more deprived authorities will not see significant further decreases in funding by 2020, a new dimension of inequality is opening up according to how strongly an authority can grow its business rate income. The report advocates a sustainable future for liveability and public realm services. It explores the precarious financial position placed upon frontline services and, in a series of recommendations, calls upon councils to ensure sufficient future funding for frontline services, recognising the impact of such services on the quality of life for local residents, and providing good places for businesses to locate. (26 April 2016)