Budgets and efficiency
Gwynne calls for commissioners to take over Northamptonshire CC
Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has urged his political rival Sajid Javid to send commissioners into crisis-hit Northamptonshire CC.
Greens call for council tax and business rates reform
Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie, has called for a replacement of the current system of council tax and reform of business rates.
Honesty is still the best policy
Heather Jameson says those involved in the provisional local government finance settlement cover-up seemed to be more interested in remaining ‘blame free’ than resolving the matter.
Auditor in 'illegal' budget warning
Crisis-hit Northamptonshire CC was this week told to rip up its 2018/19 budget after auditors warned it could be illegal.
Shropshire in savings warning
Shropshire Council has outlined a five-year financial strategy designed to ensure the authority remains financially stable – but has warned its savings requirements are demanding.
Stark warning over council's finances
Pendle BC’s Section 151 officer has warned the council’s medium-term financial health is under threat.
Crunch meetings avoid overspend
Luton Council’s chief executive Trevor Holden has held a series of meetings with his corporate directors to bring back spending within budget.
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.