A crucial step for Luton’s recovery
Luton BC’s capitalisation direction will allow the council to temporarily borrow money to fund services until its commercial revenue recovers, says Cllr Hazel Simmons.
Warwick to overhaul climate change plans
Warwick DC is to redraw its plans to tackle climate change after abandoning a green tax referendum.
Oxford urged to halt property investment
The Labour administration has rejected calls to scrap £20m spending plans.
White van man on... budgets
It’s that time of year again when the snowdrops fade, the daffs start to emerge, the days get longer – and councils have to spend their leftover budgets quick before 5 April.
Lancaster mulls tax increases and drawing on reserves
Successive tax increases and use of reserves have been proposed to close Lancaster City Council’s budget gap.
Councils mull raids on reserves and job cuts
Gateshead MBC is considering cutting up to 155 jobs and North Yorkshire's reserves will take an £8m hit under budget proposals.
Councils grapple with multi-million pound budget deficits
Councils are mulling service cuts and council tax rises as they attempt to balance next year's budgets.
Welsh councils' funding boosted by 3.8%
Welsh councils’ funding package of £6.3bn next year is ‘as good a settlement as I can offer,’ local government minister Julie James has said.
Questions over settlement boost
The scale of the increase in core funding in the local government finance settlement claimed by ministers has been questioned by finance experts.
Government takes action over Nottingham’s ‘appalling’ finances
An expert panel will be appointed to ensure the council brings its budget under control.
Leeds sets out budget as finances teeter
Leeds City Council has set out plans to address its increasingly perilous budget situation during the pandemic.
Bolton calls for powers to set deficit budgets
Councillors want to suspend the Local Government Finance Act 1992 for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Council taxpayers to ‘pay more and get less’
Local authorities have been left in the unenviable position of raising taxes in an effort to balance their books following the Spending Review, Local Government Association members have said.
Croydon issues second Section 114 notice
The council still faces a shortfall of £66m, 21 days after its first notice was issued.
Croydon's property firm ‘entirely dependent’ on council funding
Croydon LBC has come in for heavy criticism over the performance of its property company.
Government accused of 'political' COVID funding
Officers at Hampshire CC have accused the Government of awarding funding based on politics rather than financial need.
More Section 114 notices predicted next year
Local authorities are facing deep cuts to frontline services and Section 114 notices next year, the sector has warned.
Kingston prepares to tackle £21m deficit
A budget gap of £21m in the coming years is being predicted by officers at Kingston LBC.
Redbridge grapples with £60m overspend
Officers at Redbridge LBC are drawing up a second plan to mitigate the soaring costs of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Manchester considers £50m of cuts
A programme of cost-cutting measures has been put forward by officers in an effort to tackle a looming £105m budget deficit.