Budgets and efficiency
Raft of cuts after first Section 114 in almost 20 years
The stark reality of the financial cliff-edge facing Northamptonshire CC has this week been revealed by its budget plan.
Shout if you want to be heard over the media storm
Local government finance has received rare media attention - but much of the commentary has been simplistic and dumbed down. Heather Jameson urges the sector to shout louder or risk losing the battle for hearts and minds.
Government guidance eases fears of out-of-borough clamp down
Fears that ministers would clamp down on councils’ abilities to invest in commercial property outside their local area have been eased by new Government guidance.
The case for investment in adult social care
While council revenues constrained, Alex Khaldi urges the sector to make use of capital expenditure and other mechanisms to invest in adult social care.
Service provision is healthy but not sustainable, warns report
Scottish councils will find it difficult to provide services at their current level, new data published by the Improvement Service has predicted.
Where next for Northants?
Simon Edwards looks at where next for Northamptonshire CC after it became the first authority in two decades to issue a S114 notice.
Javid and Gwynne clash over finance settlement
Communities secretary Sajid Javid clashed today with his Labour rival Andrew Gwynne over errors in the provisional settlement as he saw off a threatened rebellion.
EXCLUSIVE: Funding red flags raised
One in 10 council bosses fear their local authority will not have enough funding to fulfil their statutory duties in 2018/19, an exclusive survey has found today.
The MJ/LGiU finance survey: The balancing act continues
Children's services has emerged as the new biggest risk facing the sector, overtaking adult social care, according to this year's The MJ/LGiU finance survey.
Call for Government intervention at Liverpool
The former leader of Liverpool City Council, Mike Storey, has called for the Government to intervene at the authority.
Councillors call for children's services budget review
Buckinghamshire CC’s scrutiny committee has called for an independent review of the council’s children’s services budgets.
Northamptonshire will rise again but let's hope others don't fall
Duncan Whitfield on how Northamptonshire CC ended up issuing a S114 notice and what the situation means for the wider sector.
Northamptonshire issues s114 amid growing cash crisis
Northamptonshire CC’s director of finance has issued a section 114 order, calling a halt to spending at the cash-strapped authority.
Council to generate £1.7m from housing company
South Cambridgeshire DC expects to fund nearly 10% of its overall budget in 2018/19 from income it will generate itself.
Reserves warning for Dudley
Auditors have warned that Dudley MBC will use up its general fund by 2020/21 unless it manages to save millions of pounds.
May could be defeated on council finance
Tory MPs have warned the Government they are willing to mount a rebellion over the finance settlement for councils.
Restricting out of borough investments will increase risk
The Government is concerned that local government could become over-reliant on commercial income and consequent market changes may threaten local authorities’ abilities to deliver core services. Tony Clements looks at how Newham LBC is pursuing the opportunities
Council struggling to deliver 80% of major planned savings, auditors warn
Auditors have reported a raft of weaknesses in Redditch BC’s financial planning, raising concerns the authority will struggle to deliver more than £1m of its planned savings.
Labour accuses Government of 'holding back' sector
Labour MPs have urged ministers to provide ‘strategic vision’ for local government.
Deprived areas cannot shoulder the greatest burden of austerity
Sir Stephen Houghton argues it would be unfair for the Government to extend transitional grant, as is currently being lobbied by counties.