BREAKING: Auditor in 'illegal' budget warning
Crisis-hit Northamptonshire CC was this week told to rip up its 2018/19 budget after auditors warned it could be illegal.
Sunak steps up pressure on peer challenge
New local government minister Rishi Sunak has said Whitehall is 'very keen' that every council hosts a corporate peer challenge.
Reserves warning for Dudley
Auditors have warned that Dudley MBC will use up its general fund by 2020/21 unless it manages to save millions of pounds.
Auditor in clarity call over savings
Falkirk Council has responded encouragingly to previous concerns but needs effective leadership to deliver its five-year improvement programme, the Accounts Commission has said.
Council struggling to deliver 80% of major planned savings, auditors warn
Auditors have reported a raft of weaknesses in Redditch BC’s financial planning, raising concerns the authority will struggle to deliver more than £1m of its planned savings.
Watchdog warns of 'serious concerns' over Clackmannanshire's finances
Scotland's smallest mainland council must take ‘decisive action’ to find nearly £30m in savings over the next three years, auditors have said.
New guidance after LEP criticism
Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) have been handed a new best practice guide as the Government responds to widespread criticism that they lack democratic oversight and accountability.
Council told off by auditor
Auditors have scolded Copeland BC for submitting its accounts late.
Welsh councils must tackle causes of homelessness, watchdog says
Local authorities in Wales need to do more to tackle the ‘underlying causes’ of homelessness, auditors have said.
Council improves after auditor's warning
The Council of the Isles of Scilly has improved its accounting practices following a stern warning from auditors.
KPMG quits Grenfell inquiry role
Audit giant KPMG has quit its role as adviser to the Grenfell Tower inquiry after concerns were raised over a potential conflict of interest.
Council defends end of broadband business
Aylesbury Vale DC has defended its decision to sell the assets of its fibre broadband business less than three years after the company was incorporated.
Councillors shout, bang tables and threaten to sack officers
‘Stretched’ officers are working in an environment with insufficient corporate capacity at Derby City Council’s most senior levels, Local Government Association peers have found.
Auditor warning ahead of deadline change
Auditors have warned against complacency after ‘disappointing’ results showed an increasing number of councils missed the deadline ahead of a tougher timetable next year.
Mitie 'on track after solid six months'
The chief executive of outsourcing group Mitie has insisted the company is ‘very much on track’ after its half-yearly financial report.
Leader's U-turn over chief executive review
Slough Council’s under-pressure leader has been forced into an embarrassing climb-down after he announced an independent review into the recruitment of a new chief executive.
Cabinet faces vote of no confidence over finances
Northamptonshire CC’s Conservative cabinet faces a vote of no confidence next week over the council’s ‘fragile financial position’ amid dire future forecasts.
Council urged to maintain savings momentum
Auditors have urged East Dunbartonshire Council to maintain momentum as it tries to save the £28m it needs to over three years.
Calls for top-level resignations over refurbishment’s misuse of public cash
An opposition Herefordshire Council member has called for ‘top-level resignations’ after auditors blamed ‘poor budget management’ for costs of a project spiralling out of control.
Hub refurbishment costs ‘spiralled out of control’
Auditors have blamed ‘poor budget management’ after the cost of a Herefordshire Council project to provide a joint customer services hub spiralled out of control.