Where next for local government financial reform?
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.
City deals among promises in DUP-Conservative deal
Fresh devolved powers for Northern Ireland form a key part of today’s £1bn deal between the minority Conservative government and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
Change to pension boards should be kept to a minimum
Local pension boards already have all the tools they need to play their vital part in the governance of the local government pensions scheme, writes William Bourne.
Council moves to generate income
Test Valley BC expects to rake in £1.3m from a project to generate additional income this financial year.
Austerity must be eased
Heather Jameson says that without the return of business rates or a solution to the social care crisis, the only option must be the easing of austerity.
Borrowing lowest since recession
Borrowing continues to reduce and is at its lowest since just before the recession, but total debt continues to rise, according to latest public finance figures.
100% business rates retention legislation dropped
The Local Government Finance Bill has been dropped from the legislative programme, leaving plans for business rates retention in limbo.
Investment ‘key to capital expenditure’
Commercial investment by councils to generate income is a key factor in the upward trend in capital expenditure in the last year, according to a new Department for Communities and Local Government report.
Miller attacks Whitehall’s welfare reform policies
The president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives has launched a scathing attack on the Government’s welfare reform policies.
Councils to 'save millions' after audit procurement changes
Councils expect to save millions following changes to the audit procurement process.
Tower blaze council under attack
Kensington & Chelsea RLBC and the Government have come under attack, with difficult questions about the Grenfell Tower fire remaining unanswered this week.
Unison calls for lifting of 1% public sector pay cap
General secretary of trade union Unison, Dave Prentis, this week called on the Government to lift the public sector pay cap.
Scots committee hit out at nursery business rates
A Scottish parliamentary committee will write to local authorities and the Scottish Government about pressure childcare organisations are facing over increased business rates.
Little substance predicted from Queen's Speech
The Queen’s Speech is set to have Brexit at its heart but not much else, according to predictions in the run up to the state opening of Parliament.
Generous guests raise £2,500 for kids
Many thanks to the guests at The MJ Awards who contributed to our charity collection, which raised £2,590 for Action for Children.
Liverpool chief executive re-bailed, police confirm
Liverpool City Council boss Ged Fitzgerald was yesterday among four men re-bailed on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation.
Hammond hints at easing of austerity
Chancellor Philip Hammond has hinted he could ease some of the financial pressures on local government brought about by prolonged austerity.
Ministers accused of ducking pollution issue
Council and professional bodies have accused ministers of passing responsibility for tackling illegal levels of air pollution to local authorities without clarity or adequate funding.
Bristol battles to save £5m
Bristol City Council has made a raft of proposals for how to save more than £4.7m.
An early start is vital
The argument for early intervention sounds straightforward, writes Alison Michalska, but the difficulties lie in evidencing that it is working.