Budgets and efficiency

  • Employers branded a 'disgrace' over pay delay

    26 February 2021

    Council employers have been branded a ‘disgrace’ after they said they would not respond to a union pay claim until after the May 6 elections.


  • Public health commissioning move 'illogical'

    25 February 2021

    A suggestion from the body representing NHS trusts that the commissioning of key public health services should be removed from local government is ‘illogical,’ councils have said.


  • Conservative call to ring-fence budget for councils

    25 February 2021

    A new Barnett-type formula should be introduced that would legally mandate the Scottish Government to deliver a ring-fenced percentage of its budget to councils, Conservatives have argued.


  • Surrey boroughs consider merger

    18 February 2021

    Guildford and Waverley BCs are looking to combine management teams and services in a move driven by ‘brutal’ funding cuts.


  • Finance chiefs' rates warning

    10 February 2021

    Potential cuts to the rateable values of business properties in light of COVID could have a ‘catastrophic’ impact on council budgets, London finance chiefs have warned.


  • Spelthorne told it must 'understand and manage risk'

    01 February 2021

    A council that invested almost 40 times its budget in property must ‘understand and manage risk and its impact on future financial performance and sustainability,’ a Local Government Association (LGA) finance peer challenge has said.


  • Scottish Budget 'falls short'

    29 January 2021

    The Scottish Government’s £11.6bn budget ‘falls short of the fair funding local government requires,’ councils have said.


  • McArdle drafted in to help Croydon

    26 January 2021

    The lead commissioner at Northamptonshire CC, Tony McArdle, has been appointed to chair Section 114-hit Croydon LBC’s government improvement panel.


  • More councils will be forced to issue Section 114 notices, MPs warn

    22 January 2021

    More councils will ‘soon be unable to balance their books and be forced to issue Section 114 notices,’ the influential Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned.


  • Council warned not to overly rely on reserves

    14 January 2021

    Auditors have warned Sutton LBC to be careful about relying too much on its reserves to offset current and future demand and cost pressures.


  • Croydon increases capitalisation request

    16 December 2020

    Croydon LBC has asked the Government for a loan £20m more than the amount first floated weeks ago.


  • Crawley closures to fill budget gap

    10 December 2020

    Senior Crawley BC councillors have decided to close two adventure playgrounds and five public toilets to fill a budget gap of more than £2m.


  • Early days for motion

    23 November 2020

    It was a heartfelt message of thanks to local authorities that went out from Green Party MP Caroline Lucas.


  • Crisis-hit Croydon approves action plan

    20 November 2020

    Croydon LBC has approved an action plan to put ‘strong financial management and governance right at the heart of the organisation’.


  • Government stop-gap on SEND deficits

    17 November 2020

    Treasurers have welcomed a second government attempt to deal with spiralling special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) deficits but have stressed it is ‘not sustainable’.


  • Counties warn of dramatic frontline cuts

    11 November 2020

    Just one in five County Councils’ Network (CCN) members are confident of agreeing a balanced budget next year without dramatic reductions to frontline services, a new survey has revealed.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Sector faces 'second lost decade'

    10 November 2020

    The local government sector has been warned it faces a ‘second lost decade’ as a new index revealed the most financially vulnerable district councils.


  • Future Forum: Business rates retention is doomed

    24 September 2020

    Moves to fund local government using the proceeds from business rates are ‘doomed,’ according to a financial expert.


  • Croydon would have issued s114 'in normal circumstances'

    17 September 2020

    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

    15 September 2020

    Peterborough City Council is in talks with the Government over plans to rescue its finances.