Budgets and efficiency

  • Where next for local government financial reform?

    26 June 2017

    With the falling of the Local Government Finance Bill, the IFS's David Phillips assesses where this leaves reforms to the sector's finance system.

  • Central government inertia spells opportunities for cities

    26 June 2017

    Central inertia and growing concern about the economy presents real opportunities for city leaders to show their fundamental importance, writes Patrick White.

  • Fuller beats Saint to DCN role

    23 June 2017

    South Norfolk DC leader, Cllr John Fuller, has thrashed his rival in the two-horse race to become the chairman of the District Councils’ Network (DCN).

  • We can help you achieve your objectives, Westminster

    21 June 2017

    Jo Miller looks at the current state of the state and argues local government could make best use of the public purse because it understands the unintended consequences of Westminster policies.

  • How will Brexit affect local economies?

    21 June 2017

    As the Government begins the tortuous negotiations for Brexit, local authorities are concerned about the impact of Brexit on local economies. Michael Burton reports on a new study from ex-shadow chancellor Ed Balls.

  • To cut the arts or not to cut the arts? There is no question

    21 June 2017

    Arts, culture and heritage are often among the first services to be scrapped, but John O'Brien highlights their importance not just for residents and visitors but for budgets, too.

  • A new deal

    15 June 2017

    Paul Watson argues any spending concessions the DUP attempts to extract as part of a deal with the Conservatives should be mirrored across the UK, in regions and in local government.

  • An early start is vital

    14 June 2017

    The argument for early intervention sounds straightforward, writes Alison Michalska, but the difficulties lie in evidencing that it is working.

  • The Deal makers

    14 June 2017

    Donna Hall explains how a new strategy for Wigan MBC is laying the foundations to better manage demand and strengthen communities.

  • Counties can impact the next administration's agenda

    14 June 2017

    There is a growing disquiet as to whether business rate retention offers the solutions to local government's funding needs, argues James Maker as he looks ahead to the Queen's Speech.

  • What happened under the last minority government?

    14 June 2017

    Michael Burton looks back to the last time the UK had a minority government to see what history can teach us about our current political climate.

  • Politics is never about a single isolated issue

    14 June 2017

    I don’t think anyone can really suggest UK politics lacks excitement right now. The past 12 months have provided one surprise after another, the latest being the new Conservative/DUP arrangements.

  • The varying models of local authority trading companies

    14 June 2017

    Garfield Cameron highlights some of the best examples of local authority trading companies, but warns there is no singular model that will work for all.

  • Smaller BIGGER Different

    06 June 2017

    A project to deliver shared ambitions for Sutton as a place will mean the council working in different ways and being more flexible, agile, outward-looking and enterprising, writes Jessica Crowe.

  • Countering the post-truth narrative

    06 June 2017

    Good scrutiny can be a powerful lever for the greater and better use of evidence by councils to inform their decision-making, writes Abdool Kara.

  • What do local authorities really need from the next Government?

    06 June 2017

    Sam Clayden looks beyond the politics and asks sector experts what the new Government – whatever form it takes – really needs to address.

  • How do we support the next generation of community leaders?

    01 June 2017

    At the moment, too much money goes to the bigger care providers. Ewan King argues we must be better at building local community-based care services.

  • Labour shine the spotlight on public services

    31 May 2017

    The Labour party has turned its focus on public services, with leader Jeremy Corbyn berating seven years of Tory austerity and pledging more than £45bn of investment.

  • Finding solutions to the care crisis

    30 May 2017

    Long-term thinking and public engagement will be key to tackling the social care funding crisis, something the political parties have made a priority in their manifestos. Adam Roberts explains.

  • We have to marry our numbers and our words correctly

    30 May 2017

    Getting the narrative right on our annual finances, as well as the potential future impact, is more important than ever, writes Adele Taylor.