‘Delay rollout of 100% rates retention by at least a year’
The rollout of 100% business rates retention should be pushed back by at least a year, the chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has urged.
Finance officers must be prepared for General Election shocks
Councils need to ensure their budgets are resilient, whatever the outcome of the General Election, warns Rob Whiteman.
CIPFA warning over voluntary mergers
Councils will be unable to cover the costs of voluntary mergers in Wales using their reserves, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA) has warned.
CIPFA warning as General Election called
MPs should not use the snap General Election to make ‘undeliverable promises’ about the future funding of public services, experts have warned.
Scorn for Bourne’s £1bn
Government figures claiming councils can raise £1bn through the social care precept are massively inflated from the sector’s calculations, it has emerged.
BREAKING: Council suspends chief Suarez
Cheshire East Council has suspended its chief executive Mike Suarez while an independent investigation is undertaken.
Fighting fraud through collaboration
Fraud is a serious issue for local government. Rachael Tiffen says setting up a sector-led counter fraud standard has proven to be a shining example of collaborative working.
Whitehall may step in over authorities’ commercial deals
The Government may intervene to lower the risks associated with the increased commercial activities of local authorities, it has been suggested.
In the same boat?
Dan Peters talks to key figures in the sector about the future for health and social care integration and whether the Government’s National 2020 target is feasible
Brexit: The next chapter for local government
The prime minister triggered Article 50 last week, firing the UK into one of the most crucial periods of its modern history. Mark Conrad investigates the risks and opportunities for local government as the country negotiates its exit from the EU
Brexit will have 'profound implications' for public services
The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union will have ‘profound’ implications for public services, but should be viewed as a catalyst for reform, experts have claimed.
Wales boasts of lower council tax than England
Council tax in Wales remains lower than in England, new figures published today have revealed.
Property purchases will net £1.6m for district council
Basildon BC could eventually spend £80m buying up property across the UK to generate £1.6m a year, councillors will be told.
Councils talk housing deals with Whitehall
A group of councils has met with government officials to discuss the possibility of bespoke housing deals that could lead to relaxing the borrowing cap, The MJ understands.
Cash-strapped councils are in need of a lending hand
It is now more important than ever for councils to be given greater borrowing freedoms if they are to rescue their beleaguered budgets, writes Rob Whiteman.
CIPFA seeks views on update of code
A consultation has been launched on whether the prudential code should be extended to cover new mayoral combined authorities.
Councils may lose out on growth after 100% rates retention
Councils on the cusp of redistribution thresholds after 100% business rates retention could be discouraged from chasing economic growth, a top economist has warned.
'Single highest' council tax rise in decade
England is facing the ‘single highest’ council tax increase in a decade, a new study has revealed.
As yet more devolution proposals face setbacks, Sam Clayden takes the temperature of the agenda and asks whether it truly has hit a brick wall
Bury chief suspended amid investigation
Bury MBC has suspended its chief executive, Mike Owen, pending the full outcome of an independent review into the handling of a historical safeguarding case.