Budgets and efficiency
South London councils push for park law change
South London councils are pushing for a change to the law which forces them to pay for the upkeep of the Lea Valley Regional Park.
Birmingham denies Rogers in line for £500k exit package
Birmingham City Council has denied that outgoing chief executive Mark Rogers is in line for a £500,000 payoff .
A frank and open dialogue
Last week, two senior figures threw down the gauntlet by asking the fundamental question: what is the future for local government? Sam Clayden unpicks the responses from key sector leaders
Other taxes must now be localised along with business rates
The Government must logically now look at localising a much wider range of tax along with business rates if it is to continue withdrawing grant funding, writes Michael Burton.
53% of London’s 30 boroughs plan to replace IT systems
More than half of local authorities in London are planning to replace their IT systems, according to new research.
Rogers prepares Brum exit
Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy had a ‘gun to his head’ before deciding to oust chief executive Mark Rogers, a source has claimed.
Council cuts could scupper transformation
Whitehall’s failure to fund local government could scupper ‘ambitious’ NHS plans to transform health and care, according to a new report by The King’s Fund.
Rethinking children’s social care in Bradford
Having received Government funding for its Rethinking Social Care project, Bradford City Council is seeking to transform the way it cares for children with complex needs. Michael Jameson explains.
LGA: Council tax rises will not stop deep cuts
Council tax rises designed to tackle the social care funding crisis will not prevent deep cuts to other local public services, town halls have warned.
The slice is right
As council leaders prepare to make some tough choices regarding next year’s budget, Eastbourne BC is boldly going where Boaty McBoatface went before.
Two of a kind
Buckinghamshire CC and Harrow LBC’s unique HR partnership not only cuts costs but allows the pair of authorities to retain specialist skills, generate income and improve resilience. Gillian Quinton explains
The journey is just beginning
In the wake of the recent raft of national policy announcements, Mike Emmerich says it is time for the sector to take firm action and make sure this pivotal moment isn’t lost
No more lies on finances
Martin Reeves and Rob Whiteman debunk the myths of the dire financial picture and call on the sector to have a real debate on the future of local government. Heather Jameson reports
Kerslake’s review backs the move to clipping the Treasury’s wings
Michael Burton looks at Lord Kerslake's review into the Treasury.
Blackpool’s business loan fund increases to £100m
Blackpool Council has significantly increased the value of its business loan fund to help local companies create jobs and growth.
Reading’s finance plans ‘fragile’
Reading Council’s financial position has been described as fragile with ‘some very significant risks’ surrounding its delivery plan.
DCLG accused of abdicating responsibility over council cuts
National Audit Office boss Sir Amyas Morse has accused central government of an ‘out of sight, out of mind culture’ in imposing council cuts.
Stop pretending and start talking about the future
We are at a pivotal moment in local government history and the sector has to start being honest, writes Heather Jameson.
CIPFA chief urges accountancy rule changes as councils ‘bend the rules’
Councils are ‘bending the rules’ on their balance sheets – with the blessing of central government – in a bid to hide the dire financial picture, finance chief Rob Whiteman has claimed.
Planning beyond the political cycle
Local areas must be given more autonomy to invest for the future, writes Louise Sunderland.