• Row over SNP funding of councils

    23 January 2020

    Local government is ‘treated far better in Scotland than it is elsewhere in the UK,’ the Scottish National Party (SNP) has insisted.

  • Let's put investment into our school buildings

    15 January 2020

    Schools capital allocations have been skewed by political priorities, says Gary Fielding As a result, North Yorkshire CC 'find ourselves with swathes of the country having insufficient places to meet demand and/or poor building conditions'.

  • Councils still shine after a decade of austerity

    09 January 2020

    CIPFA's new resilence data tool is a 'dataset, not a crystal ball', says Heather Jameson. It shows that despite a decade of cuts, councils have weathered the storm. Wouldn't it be great to see how well they could do when the sun shines, she adds.

  • First and foremost we need clarity on finance

    18 December 2019

    Getting ‘Brexit Done’ should open up an oven-ready settlement for local government to implement real change, says chief executive of  APSE Paul O’Brien.

  • Minister warns austerity is not over

    16 December 2019

    Welsh local government minister, Julie James, warned that austerity is not over as she announced the finance settlement.

  • Future Forum North: Call for towns and cities to make peace

    06 December 2019

    The driving force behind the Greater Manchester devolution deal has urged towns and cities to make peace.

  • The public want to see clear improvements across neighbourhood services

    05 December 2019

    Paul O'Brien says the public will be fairly unforgiving if, having raised their expectations on public spending during the election campaign, they don't start to see evidence of this happening locally..

  • Council spending powers to be restored to 2010 levels under Labour

    21 November 2019

    Labour would ‘reverse the Tory decade of austerity for local government’ and aim to restore council spending powers to 2010 levels by 2024 if elected.

  • Sheffield blames austerity for planning proposals

    20 November 2019

    Sheffield City Council has blamed austerity for proposals to cut the number of officers in its planning department.

  • CIPFA in further property investment crackdown

    15 November 2019

    The prudential code has been further clarified to ‘ensure that responsible decisions are made with transparency and financial sustainability in mind’.

  • Spending promises ignore the state’s changing nature

    06 November 2019

    Michael Burton asks how much of the 'largesse, if any' of both of the main parties' election spending pledges might flow back into local government, which has borne the brunt of cuts in the last decade.

  • Does our place-shaping role risk being imperilled?

    04 November 2019

    An anonymous writer ponders the incongruity between what the centre expects from local government and the ‘nature, breadth and ferocity’ of the challenges councils are facing.

  • The thoroughly modern approach to public finance

    29 October 2019

    Geoff Mulgan says the public sector needs innovation and experimentation in money every bit as much as in other functions – and he outlines some of the important ideas for bringing it up to date.

  • Wigan’s next chapter

    23 October 2019

    The success of Wigan MBC’s 2013 Deal has prompted the council go one step further with Deal 2030. Alison McKenzie-Folan explains.

  • Victims in the line of fire

    23 October 2019

    Local government monitoring officers are increasingly being caught in power struggles between senior officers and are becoming targets for politicians. How should the problem be tackled? Martin Ford reports

  • Solace Summit: President in collaboration call

    16 October 2019

    A call for collaboration has been made in a speech to the Solace Summit by president Martin Swales.

  • Brexit casts its shadow over budgets

    08 October 2019

    This week’s Green Budget by the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns that the increases in the Spending Round still need to be funded, by tax rises or more borrowing, while a bad Brexit deal will jeopardise the public finances. Michael Burton reports.

  • Austerity could be back, warns IFS

    08 October 2019

    Austerity could make a comeback if the Government is unable to fund its spending increases through tax rises or more borrowing, according to the ‘Green Budget’ published today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

  • New leadership role to boost place-based working

    02 October 2019

    Local government’s sole representative on the new National Leadership Centre’s (NLC) board wants to use her role to boost place-based ways of working.

  • Prospering the Warrington way

    01 October 2019

    In the wake of austerity, Warrington’s commercial strategy – mixing small investment with smart aquisitions – is proving a financial success. Dan Peters reports.