Budgets and efficiency
Council shock at government refusal to fund fire safety work
Nottingham City Council’s disbelief after its request for financial support from the Government to install fire sprinklers in tower blocks was turned down has been made public.
Committee to probe council spending
A review of how local authorities in Scotland prioritise spending and assess the impact of increased charges was launched today by a parliamentary committee.
IFS: How views of local government finance vary across councils
David Phillips looks analyses the results of the IFS's latest business rates report.
Welsh councils' performance improves
Nearly two-thirds of council services in Wales have improved over the last year, according to new figures.
Austerity driving up thresholds for children's services
Thresholds for vulnerable children seeking care are creeping up, flying in the face of efforts to act early, social workers have warned.
Creating conditions for empowered communities
Cllr Clare Coghill urges councils to think before they sell off old buildings or parks. There might be members of the community with the drive and vision to transform it.
Are we prepared for the looming technological revolution?
We urgently need a public inquiry to answer the tough questions about the technological revolution soon to sweep the public sector, argues Adam Lent
Will 100% business rates deliver benefits?
Fresh analysis questions whether 100% business rates retention would actually benefit councils. Michael Burton reports.
Act as a united sector on commercialisation - or face regulations
If local authorities act with individual self-interest in the pursuit of commercial ventures, they could ruin it for the whole sector, warns Abdool Kara.
Give councils the full fiscal tools to do the job
Relying on business rates alone to replace RSG will require a heck of a lot of redistribution to compensate poorer areas, writes Michael Burton.
Setting out our stalls ahead of the Autumn Budget
As we move to set our own budgets and medium-term financial plans, we have to remain vigilant to all the emerging risks and pressures in a continually uncertain world, writes Adele Taylor.
There's still room to liberate resources from existing assets
While many councils are making the case for fresh resources to meet oncoming challenges, Malcolm Morley argues there are opportunities to liberate significant resources from existing assets and activities.
County launches campaign for fairer funding
Northamptonshire CC has launched a campaign to urge the Government to give the county a fairer funding deal.
A model for change
Byron Rhodes argues the need for a shake-up of the local government funding model, and Chris Tambini outlines Leicestershire CC’s radical proposals.
Tax receipts flatter July’s budget figures
There was good news for July’s public finance figures but the long-term picture remains delicate, reports Michael Burton.
Sector told to boost reserves
Local authorities are increasingly dipping into their reserves to plug funding gaps – something the Government continues to celebrate. But the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s chief executive warns the sector to ignore central government and speak out. Sam Clayden reports.
It’s time to put an end to the head banging
Local government is being pummeled harder than ever. Heather Jameson argues the sector should be granted some respite to resolve some of the problems.
Health and care 'pretending' they are fully integrated system
A senior health figure has warned that fundamental barriers to integration remain amid warnings the NHS is gearing up for its most severe winter yet.
EXCLUSIVE: London boroughs face £94m funding gap for SEN pupils
London boroughs are facing a ‘growing crisis’ as funding shortfalls meet increases in the numbers of pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN), finance experts have warned.
London cannot continue to plug schools budgets with short-term fixes
Gerald Almeroth warns of a looming crisis in schools funding in London as growing shortfalls meet a continuing rise in pupils with Special Education Needs (SEN).