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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.
More powers needed to unlock land for housing - LGA
Councils should be allowed to charge developers full council tax where land is left after securing planning permission, the Local Government Association (LGA) has argued.
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.
Porter: Play nicely or Government will impose reorganisation
The chairman of the Local Government Association, Lord Porter, has warned the sector to 'stop fighting and play nicely' or Whitehall will impose reorganisation.
Javid finds extra £166m in final settlement
Local government secretary Sajid Javid has found an additional £166m to ease spending pressures in social care and rural areas in the final 2018/19 settlement.
Boom in elderly population stretching counties to 'breaking point'
An 'unprecedented' rise in the number of elderly people in rural county areas is pushing counties to breaking point, council leaders have warned.
We want an extension of the transitional grants
Counties' core grants are set to drop double the rate of other council types, says Simon Edwards as he urges ministers to extend the transitional grants for another two years.
We are too often left dealing with unintended consequences of policy
A new year brings new challenges. Debbie Ward outlines what county chiefs can expect from 2018.
We need a system of fairer funding fit for the 21st Century
Responding to recent challenges to fair funding lobbying efforts by the County Councils' Network, Cllr Nick Rushton says it is time to take a look at the facts.
LGA backs transition grant
The Local Government Association (LGA) has backed calls for an extension of the controversial transition grant, The MJ understands.
Concentrate on consensus
Chair of the Special Interest Group for Municipal Authorities, Sir Stephen Houghton, urges local government to resist the temptation to argue among itself on fair funding.
Industrial Strategy snubs councils
Business secretary Greg Clark has snubbed councils and empowered local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) as the drivers of future local growth in the Government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy.
Javid rejects DCLG capacity fears
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has rejected accusations that his Whitehall department is too stretched to handle devolution bids.
Fair funding feud: Let's put the whole truth on the table
In response to criticisms of county council's fair funding lobbying tactics, Tony McArdle kicks back, demanding the whole truth.
Time for a shake-up in the counties?
Tom Follett argues a shake-up of local government in the counties if the sector is going to be able to avoid being left to clean up Westminster’s mess.
Why we need new forms of local government in two-tier areas
Fresh off the back of a new report, Cllr Martin Hill argues the case for the creation of county unitaries with a raft of newly devolved powers.
Counties in plea for 'life raft' funding
County councils today pleaded for ‘life raft’ funding over the next two years or warned a ‘depressingly long’ list of public services could disappear.
Abdool Kara: Councils are being economical with the truth
Different council groups are lobbying for a bigger proportion of government funding as ministers undertake their fair funding review – and some authorities are massaging the statistics to make their case. Abdool Kara explains.
EXCLUSIVE: Fair funding fears as councils fight for share
A senior sector figure has torn open fresh wounds, accusing councils of stretching the truth as they lobby for an ‘unfair share’ of funding.
Transformation call as areas miss targets
A health expert has called for a ‘huge investment in transformation’ after more than 100 areas missed their delayed transfer of care (DTOC) target.