Budgets and efficiency
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.
Northamptonshire seeks to stabilise finances
Cash-strapped Northamptonshire CC has agreed a stabilisation plan to help deal with an in-year forecast revenue overspend of more than £20m.
Finance settlement has 'gravest implications'
Councils have dismissed today’s Welsh Government’s finance settlement as a ‘bread and butter budget’ in which town halls ‘get the crumbs again’.
Sweating the assets
Public sector property chiefs recently met at their annual conference to discuss how to generate revenue from their assets at a time of income reduction. Betty Albon reports on the highlights
Scrutiny overhaul at Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire CC is overhauling its scrutiny function following a scathing report by the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS).
Leaders accuse Government of destroying 'social contract'
Senior Labour local government figures will launch a Councils Against Austerity campaign next week’s party conference.
Welfare support has 'collapsed' for many
One in six top-tier councils are not providing vital welfare services devolved to them just as the sector’s budget cuts hit hard.
Future local government will be largely self-sustaining. We must start thinking about how we generate income streams now because the cultivation of income development interventions is complex, with long lead-in times. The question is: how do you develop a business case to spend on growing longer-term income streams when you are in the middle of cost reduction?
Cash-strapped county faces £94m funding gap
Surrey CC faces a funding gap of £94m by March 2021 unless it takes drastic action to change its finances, a report by accountancy experts has warned.
Brum to implement bin strike deal
Beleaguered Birmingham City Council is finally expected to implement the deal that ended an acrimonious bin strike – four months behind schedule.
Social work is a special case
If the rubbish bins aren’t collected and pot holes aren’t filled, the public protests will be long and loud, but no protestors would say these should come at the expense of safeguarding children, writes Blair McPherson.
Council to introduce spending controls
Staffordshire CC is expected to introduce controls on all non-essential spending as part of efforts to bridge a £35m funding shortfall and deliver a legally balanced budget.
Reserves are not the answer
Overall council reserve levels have seen a surprising increase in the past year, but this has not been felt evenly across the sector, says Paul Dossett.
Lehman’s long shadow on the UK’s public finances
Ten years on, Michael Burton looks at the impact of the collapse of Lehman Brothers on public services.
More for less? Residents will be getting less for more
There are no more easy pickings when it comes to cuts and now the cracks in austerity plans are taking their toll, writes Heather Jameson.
LEPs told to improve ahead of EU funding changes
Fresh concerns have emerged about local enterprise partnerships (LEP) as the Government considers whether to use them to funnel UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) cash.
Council £6m investment to boost income
West Lindsey DC’s property investments have reached £14m with the purchase of a £6m site in Gainsborough – the authority’s biggest deal to date.
Social investing can achieve significant value for local taxpayers
Local impact investing provides a smarter alternative for councils looking to generate a return, argue Vidhya Alakeson and Robert Pollock.
Is a 'fair' funding system in reach?
We may never agree on what ‘fair’ funding is but the opportunity of a more transparent system is in our grasp, writes David Phillips.