• Scottish Budget 'not good' for communities

    28 February 2024

    Next year’s Scottish Budget is ‘not good’ for communities, council leaders have said.

  • Warnings over job cuts repercussions

    28 February 2024

    Councils embarking on mass job cuts have been warned it will have grave repercussions for the senior managers of the future.

  • 14 councils ‘likely’ to issue s114s next year

    28 February 2024

    More than half of councils are likely to issue a section 114 notice within the next Parliament unless funding is reformed, senior local authority figures have warned.

  • Councils face new era of austerity

    27 February 2024

    Local government could be left to shoulder the burden of public sector cuts in a new age of austerity, experts have warned.

  • Brum proposes £300m cuts

    20 February 2024

    Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council will cut spending on services by £300m to balance its books.

  • Senior Nottingham councillors refuse to back budget cuts

    14 February 2024

    Senior members of cash-strapped Nottingham City Council have refused to recommend a report that proposed £20m in budget cuts.

  • Stoke-on-Trent council warns of ‘radical cuts’

    09 January 2024

    Stoke-on-Trent City Council may be forced to declare effective bankruptcy and make ‘radical cuts’ to services if extra Government support is not secured.

  • Bradford latest to issue section 114 warning

    31 October 2023

    Bradford City Council has warned it may become the latest to declare an emergency section 114 notice unless it takes urgent action to cut spending.

  • Children's services 'absolute carnage'

    30 October 2023

    The state of children’s services has been described as ‘absolute carnage’ after years of underfunding.

  • DCN in cuts warning

    20 October 2023

    Cultural services, community support and parks and green spaces are all at risk of cuts without a boost to the local government finance settlement, respondents to a District Councils’ Network (DCN) survey have warned.

  • Cash-strapped councils forced to sell £15bn of assets

    21 September 2023

    About 75,000 assets worth £15bn have been sold by cash-strapped English councils since 2010, according to the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think-tank.

  • Kirklees in fair funding call

    18 September 2023

    Kirklees MBC councillors called for a fair funding review to be carried out urgently as they discussed measures to avoid a section 114 notice.

  • Unions reject latest COSLA offer

    14 September 2023

    The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has warned trade unions face a choice between ‘real cuts to jobs and services’ and increased pay.

  • Woking entered s114 territory in 2018

    13 September 2023

    Woking BC may have faced a section 114 notice at least four years before it declared effective bankruptcy, senior councillors have been told.

  • ICB cuts make 'no sense' - union

    14 August 2023

    Planned cuts to Integrated Care Board (ICB) staffing levels that are likely to land councils with an increased burden make ‘no sense,’ a trade union has warned.

  • Hastings' financial controls 'not fully developed'

    31 July 2023

    Senior Hastings BC councillors will be urged next week to ‘bring in and embed more stringent financial controls and accountability to urgently reduce spending’.

  • Fears over ICB cuts impact

    17 July 2023

    Planned cuts to staffing levels risk driving Integrated Care Boards (ICB) to look inwards over the coming months, a report has warned.

  • Councils face £3bn funding gap, LGA warns

    04 July 2023

    Councils in England face a funding gap of almost £3bn over the next two years just to maintain services at their current level, a new analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed.

  • Savings 'no longer enough,' councils told

    17 May 2023

    The Accounts Commission’s latest report outlined ‘reducing budgets, growing demographic and workforce pressures, and declining performance across some services’.

  • Health services' concerns over council cuts

    02 May 2023

    Health services have voiced concerns over local government cost-cutting measures as both sectors grapple with constricted budgets.