Budgets and efficiency
Croydon would have issued s114 'in normal circumstances'
Croydon LBC’s £49m total net forecast general fund overspend means it would have had to have issued a Section 114 notice in ‘normal circumstances,’ senior councillors have heard.
Peterborough seeks financial rescue package
Peterborough City Council is in talks with the Government over plans to rescue its finances.
£260m funding boost for Welsh councils
Welsh ministers have announced a £260m funding boost for councils, bringing the total amount of government COVID-19 support to almost half a billion pounds.
Ex-ministers unite in health devolution call
Five former ministers from all three main parties have called for health and social care to be devolved and integrated within a single budget.
Oxfordshire looks to bridge £16m budget gap
The council plans to delay service overhauls in a bid to cover a £16m budget shortfall this year due to the coronavirus crisis.
Council to take commercialisation to 'next level'
Senior Ashford BC councillors will accelerate their approach to commercialisation to the ‘next level’ amid uncertainty over future government funding and a COVID-19 budget hit.
Smaller top team will 'reduce capacity'
Bexley LBC has admitted that proposals for a smaller top team will reduce its capacity over the short and medium-term.
EXCLUSIVE: Croydon reaches out for MHCLG lifeline
Croydon LBC is understood to have made initial contact with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) as it approaches Section 114 territory, The MJ understands.
Spending controls for Ealing
Senior Ealing LBC councillors have agreed to introduce strict and wide-ranging controls on spending as the council seeks to balance its budget.
Council may have to issue s114, warns CIPFA
Windsor & Maidenhead RBC may not be able to set a legal budget in future years and may have to issue a Section 114 notice, finance experts have warned.
Manchester at risk of failing to fulfil statutory duties
Manchester City Council’s leader has expressed fears that the council will be unable to fulfil its statutory duties.
Financial crisis for capital's councils to stretch into 2021/22, MPs warned
The financial crisis facing London’s councils will stretch beyond the end of this financial year, the capital’s MPs have been warned.
Luton budget warning
Slashing millions of pounds from Luton BC’s budget would be catastrophic for the town, trade unions have warned.
Croydon faces 20% overspend
The London borough is facing an overspend of more than £60m – one fifth of its budgeted expenditure – at the end of the financial year.
Councils detail coronavirus financial hit
Councils around the country have been detailing the financial impact of coronavirus on their coffers.
Budget 2020: Sunak gambles on capital spending splurge
Despite volatility caused by coronavirus and a sluggish increase in the economy, the chancellor has decided to gamble that a big increase in capital spending will deliver higher growth and productivity by the next election.
Scottish ministers hit out at UK austerity
Scottish ministers have blamed UK austerity measures for the financial difficulties facing councils north of the border.
IfG: Extend outsourcing reforms to councils
Government reforms of outsourcing to avoid another Carillion collapse must be extended to local government where commercial skills lag behind Whitehall, a report from the Institute for Government (IfG) think-tank has said.
Controversial Stoke budget rejected in council vote
Councillors are deadlocked over the budget just a week ahead of the national deadline.
Wright pushed out of Shropshire
Chief executive Clive Wright has been pushed out of Shropshire Council by the leading Conservative group after eight years as head of paid service.