Budgets and efficiency
Grenfell council adopts participatory budgeting
The council at the centre of the Grenfell Tower tragedy has used participatory budgeting for the first time as part of a new strategy.
Shining a strong light
The Local Government Association is about to launch a review of its peer challenge process. Paul Marinko asks whether the approach is robust enough to meet the demands of a tough financial climate.
Council on course to meet investment target
South Cambridgeshire DC has revealed it is on course to generate a quarter of cash spent on services through its own investments.
COSLA: Invest in councils before it is too late
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has launched a campaign to persuade finance secretary Derek Mackay to invest in councils ‘before it is too late’.
Reorganisation in Somerset would 'cut waste and save money'
A single, unitary authority for Somerset would deliver a predicted saving of £35-£47m, according to research released today.
March 11 Budget creates 'deep risk' for councils
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has written to the Chancellor warning of the ‘deep risk facing councils’ from delaying the Budget until March 11.
LGSS Law losses hit £1.2m
A social enterprise law firm formed by three councils has reported that losses increased from £300,000 to £1.2m during the last financial year.
Stoke-on-Trent warns of job cuts
The council is aiming to make £9.2m of savings next year.
It’s time to break down that fourth wall
Michael Bracey says it is ‘very welcome to see an inspectorate being really clear about the impact low funding levels almost inevitably will have on services and their capacity to improve as well as meet rising levels of demand’.
Whitehall schtum as Gwynne calls for provisional settlement
Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has called on ministers to publish the provisional finance settlement immediately with Whitehall tight-lipped on its timing.
Northamptonshire heading for budget overspend
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.
Two out of three councils eat into reserves
Two-thirds of councils have reduced their general fund reserves over the last three years, a new report by Scotland’s watchdog for local government has found.
Minister warns austerity is not over
Welsh local government minister, Julie James, warned that austerity is not over as she announced the finance settlement.
‘Unaffordable and unsustainable’ care demand creates £14m funding gap
Shropshire Council officers have warned that all services are facing costs next year to cover increases in demand for social care.
Our hope is for financial independence
Conservative councillors are working hard to secure a strong Conservative majority in Parliament that will usher in a new era of financial independence for councils, says LGA Conservative Group leader, Cllr Izzi Seccombe.
Middlesbrough faces £4.4m overspend
The English council with the highest number of young people affected by income deprivation is facing a £4.4m overspend.
Employers delay response to 10% pay claim
Local government employers have told trade union leaders that they are unlikely to respond to their 10% pay claim before next year.
The thoroughly modern approach to public finance
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.
Improvement board formed for troubled council
The Welsh Government has formed an improvement board to oversee changes at Merthyr Tydfil CBC after a review into the troubled council.
EXCLUSIVE: Employers in pay rise redundancy warning
A pay rise of more than 2% ‘would be likely to result in redundancies,’ employers have warned.