• Thurrock braced for coronavirus costs

    04 June 2020

    Thurrock BC is expecting financial pressures next year to further increase, as it struggles to balance the books for 2020/21.

  • ‘The world in Newham will be better’

    21 April 2020

    As the pandemic began to loom, chief executive of Newham LBC Althea Loderick outlined the vision behind the council’s community wealth building three-year Budget. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Balancing budgets and Beatles

    13 March 2020

    It has been a tumultuous few years for Liverpool City Council. Chief executive Tony Reeves and the new management team are focused on inclusive growth in a city that is rich with culture. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Critical decisions loom in the children’s care homes sector

    11 March 2020

    Monica Macheng examines the key challenges facing local authorities looking for suitable places for children with increasingly complex needs.

  • Counties will need to show the new chancellor that the Government will see a return on its investment

    04 March 2020

    It is beyond a doubt that the ascension of Rishi Sunak to the role of chancellor is a positive for local government, says Cllr Carl Les - 'but he is not one who accepts blank cheque arguments'.

  • Hoping for more certainty in the new funding world

    04 March 2020

    In budget-setting and medium-term financial planning you can continue to see local government doing its best to respond, says Adele Taylor - but she hopes more certainty 'will allow us to create an even more sustainable environment for communities'.

  • Dorset facing £16m overspend following ‘challenging year’

    02 March 2020

    The council’s expected overspend for the financial year has grown due to increased demand for services.

  • Council bid to breach accounting rules

    17 February 2020

    A request to the Government for a capitalisation direction has been made by Peterborough City Council.

  • Retention split negotiations founder on district fears

    10 February 2020

    Talks over future division of business rates foundered over fears district councils could be left worse off, it has emerged.

  • The positive process of peer review

    06 February 2020

    Tony Kirkham recently took part in a Local Government Association peer review. He says the process was intensive and hard work - but he 'enjoyed every minute'.

  • Northants targets millions of savings

    04 February 2020

    Northamptonshire CC has published its draft budget for 2020/2021 amid concerns over children's services and roads maintenance.

  • Blackpool Council announces 75 job losses

    31 January 2020

    Blackpool Council has announced that its new budget proposals will result in 75 job losses as it seeks to close a £5m budget gap.

  • Stoke-on-Trent warns of job cuts

    06 January 2020

    The council is aiming to make £9.2m of savings next year.

  • Northamptonshire heading for budget overspend

    16 December 2019

    Officers have forecast a £1.9m budget gap at the end of the financial year due to a failure to realise savings in its children’s services.

  • Friday the 13th

    04 December 2019

    Friday the 13th is usually seen as an unlucky day, says Tony Kirkham - but he hopes the next one is 'the first step on a safe transition, starting with a budget settlement which leads to a sustainable future for local government'.

  • Councils ‘set up to fail’ on SEND

    29 October 2019

    A committee of MPs has acknowledged the Government’s proposal for a significant increase in high needs block funding next year - but say it will make little difference without ‘a systemic cultural shift’. Ann McGauran reports.

  • ‘A paradigm shift is what is required’

    29 October 2019

    The unintended consequences of the 2014 SEND reforms are starting to impact on the viability of many councils, according to Ian Thomas. He says Kingston upon Thames RLBC and its partners are focusing on reducing demand through earlier intervention.

  • Investment is at risk from borrowing hike

    23 October 2019

    Increasing the interest rate on borrowing from the Public Works Loan Board puts much-needed investment at risk and to do it without consultation doesn't say much for the relationship between local government and the Treasury, says Tony Kirkham.

  • 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

  • Nearly £100m in overpaid benefits owed to Manchester local authorities

    17 October 2019

    Residents owed Greater Manchester’s councils nearly £100m in overpaid benefits at the end of 2018/19, according to the latest Government figures.