Time to speak as one
Members and officers have to be more frank about what will happen if local government is not placed on a sustainable footing in the long term, says chair of London Councils Cllr Peter John as the organisation gets ready for its annual conference.
Let's have less flash and more substance
What the public and local government want is less flash and more substance - fewer grand statements and some real investment instead, says Claire Kober
Core offer still leaves £33m deficit
East Sussex CC’s chief executive Becky Shaw has laid out a ‘core offer’ that could risk the council’s ‘ability to meet statutory guidance and deadlines’.
Balanced Budget as we live in hope for jam tomorrow
It may have been billed as the Budget to end austerity, but the chancellor’s speech was not exactly jam today, says Heather Jameson. More like a thin spread of cheap margarine for now, with the hope of a good strawberry crop in the spring
The money messages may be getting back to the centre
The accusation from local government that it is seldom listened to by central government has some merit, says Simon Edwards - but he believes key recent announcements do suggest that perhaps some of the messages from councils are cutting through.
Lancashire CC to face 'difficult decisions'
Lancashire CC will have to make some ‘difficult decisions’ over the next few months to ensure that it remains financially viable, auditors have concluded.
Politics may be coming home
Local government had a ‘pretty good showing’ during the party conferences says Dr Jonathan Carr-West. He hopes it could be the start of a much-needed public debate on the local state
Never-ending spending divide
The disparity in cuts to real term spending throughout England and in London demonstrates the postcode lottery effect of austerity, says Ciara Cook
EXCLUSIVE: Chiefs warning to May if austerity not lifted
More councils face scaling back services to a minimum statutory offer if prime minister Theresa May reneges on her promise of ‘better times ahead,’ local authority chief executives have warned.
Whitehall must spend £19bn annually to end austerity
Theresa May’s promise to bring an ‘end to austerity’ is incompatible with the chancellor’s aim of balancing the books by the mid-2020s, financial experts have said.
When austerity ends, will anyone notice?
Theresa May is right to say that if there's a Brexit deal by next March there will be a boost to the economy, says Michael Burton. But can her party ensure the electorate notices her commitment to spending increases and a balanced budget?
Paul O'Brien ponders the new programme to tackle childhood obesity, and can't help wondering if any joined-up policy thinking is taking place on domestic matters while the shadow of Brexit looms large.
English councils undergoing harshest spending cuts
English councils have been hit twice as hard by spending cuts compared to their Scottish and Welsh counterparts, according to a study published today.
LGA's pre-Budget play in war against austerity
Smith Square has begun drawing local government’s battle lines as chancellor Phillip Hammond comes under renewed pressure to loosen his grip on council finances.
UN to probe austerity impact on councils
The impact of austerity on local government is to be investigated by the United Nations (UN).
Welsh social services funding gap to triple by 2020
The funding gap in Welsh social services will jump by a whopping three-and-a half times by 2020/21, the Welsh Local Government Association has warned.
Northants must start afresh, says inspector
Borough and district council leaders from across Northamptonshire this week met local government minister Rishi Sunak after a Whitehall-appointed inspector called for local government reorganisation.
MHCLG alone cannot ease funding pressures, says NAO
The National Audit Office (NAO) has insisted all government departments need to work towards finding solutions to local authority funding pressures, not just Marsham Street.
Councils to share risk of business rates appeals
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is looking to develop a ‘centralised risk-sharing system’ under which councils would share the burden of business rates appeals, local government minister Rishi Sunak has said.
Don't ignore us, councils tell social care review
Senior councillors have criticised a key review of social care and the NHS for failing to take into account their views ahead of the crucial green paper.