Budgets and efficiency

  • Use of temporary accommodation rockets

    13 December 2018

    The number of households in temporary accommodation has rocketed by 71% over the last eight years, according to the latest Government statistics.


  • Squeezed Somerset reins in overspend

    12 December 2018

    Under-pressure Somerset CC has reduced its projected overspend in 2018/19 from £3.2m to £2.4m, senior councillors will hear next week.


  • Transformation savings at risk

    12 December 2018

    The transformation programme underpinning Surrey CC’s return to financial sustainability has ‘a medium to high risk of slippage,’ the troubled county’s auditors will warn councillors today.


  • Future Forum North: 'Get a grip on mysterious DCS role'

    07 December 2018

    Local authority bosses should get a grip on the ‘mysterious’ director of children’s services [DCS] role, Wakefield City Council’s chief executive has urged.


  • Reserves warning in face of predicted overspend

    23 November 2018

    Hartlepool Council has warned it may have to dip into its reserves if it fails to make savings to reduce a £920,000 in-year overspend.


  • Northamptonshire recovery plan 'unachievable'

    23 November 2018

    Leaders of the Labour opposition have expressed ‘serious fears’ that Northamptonshire CC will be unable to balance this year’s budget.


  • Ten of the best

    21 November 2018

    Which 10 councils get the best results? Consultancy firm iMPOWER claims to have found out by analysing service-based figures from 30 public datasets to create a productivity index for the 150 upper tier authorities. Heather Jameson reports


  • Burns faces possible redundancy

    14 November 2018

    The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s immediate past president, Andy Burns, is facing possible redundancy from his day job.


  • Time to speak as one

    13 November 2018

    Members and officers have to be more frank about what will happen if local government is not placed on a sustainable footing in the long term, says chair of London Councils Cllr Peter John as the organisation gets ready for its annual conference.


  • The risk from cuts

    13 November 2018

    Children’s social care has become more efficient since 2010, but Graham Atkins argues this will be difficult to push further and cuts to wider services risk increasing demand


  • Birmingham facing greatest challenge 'in council's history'

    07 November 2018

    Senior Birmingham city councillors have been warned that £86m proposed savings over the next four years may not be achievable.


  • AI: A game-changer

    07 November 2018

    Intelligent automation will revolutionalise local government and innovative councils are already using it to save time and money, speed up service delivery and allow staff to focus on delivering more meaningful work, says Phil Sheen


  • EXCLUSIVE: Streeting calls for new Parliamentary campaign

    05 November 2018

    Local Government Association vice-president Wes Streeting has called for a cross-party coalition of MPs to campaign for a major and urgent increase in council funding.


  • Council hits back at 'illegitimate' claim

    31 October 2018

    Newham LBC has denied claims that decisions to enter into controversial high-interest loans were illegitimate.


  • Overspend could hit £600,000 by March

    30 October 2018

    South Lakeland DC is on track to overspend more than £500,000 by next spring if no action is taken.


  • Almost 130 roles at risk at city council

    25 October 2018

    Derby City Council could slash its workforce by 128 full-time positions as it tries to fill a £10m funding gap over the next four years, senior councillors have been told.


  • Finance settlement to be brought forward

    24 October 2018

    Whitehall has agreed to bring forward the local government finance settlement after an independent review.


  • Never-ending spending divide

    17 October 2018

    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

    16 October 2018

    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

    10 October 2018

    Cash-strapped Northamptonshire CC has agreed a stabilisation plan to help deal with an in-year forecast revenue overspend of more than £20m.