Politics may be coming home
Local government had a ‘pretty good showing’ during the party conferences says Dr Jonathan Carr-West. He hopes it could be the start of a much-needed public debate on the local state
Never-ending spending divide
The disparity in cuts to real term spending throughout England and in London demonstrates the postcode lottery effect of austerity, says Ciara Cook
Act soon or we'll lose £1bn, LGA tells Government
Nearly £1bn earmarked for local investment will be lost if the Government does not act soon, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.
Brokenshire: 10,000 homes a year
Councils will be able to build up to 10,000 homes a year after prime minister Theresa May scrapped the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) borrowing cap, the housing secretary has said.
Conference hears tourist tax call
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has used its annual conference to call for fiscal devolution, including a tourist tax.
New finance chief appointed by Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire CC has appointed Ian Duncan as executive director of finance and section 151 officer.
Watchdog calls for NHS and care funds to be pooled
Increased social care funding is the only way to relieve pressure on hospitals, local government leaders warned after a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report today found that pressure on A&E departments is increasing due to a lack of integration.
MHCLG rejects performance call
Marsham Street has rejected MPs’ call to publish a regular breakdown of council performance across a range of services.
Reform outsourcing to restore confidence, think-tank urges
Councils are looking at new ways of providing services as outsourcing slumps, a think-tank has found in a report published today.
Northamptonshire seeks to stabilise finances
Cash-strapped Northamptonshire CC has agreed a stabilisation plan to help deal with an in-year forecast revenue overspend of more than £20m.
When austerity ends, will anyone notice?
Theresa May is right to say that if there's a Brexit deal by next March there will be a boost to the economy, says Michael Burton. But can her party ensure the electorate notices her commitment to spending increases and a balanced budget?
Let’s see the cap ‘gone for good’
The Prime Minister’s decision to scrap the housing borrowing cap gives councils a ‘huge opportunity’ to build homes, says Lord Porter. The Treasury needs to fulfil the promise ahead of the Budget
Theresa May has lifted the cap on how much councils can borrow against their Housing Revenue Account assets – but more problems lie ahead, says Heather Jameson
Brokenshire writes: Lifting the barriers to building
Councils are the ‘sleeping giant’ of our housing system, as James Brokenshire explains, and now is the time to remove the barriers preventing them from delivering the homes their communities need.
Finance settlement has 'gravest implications'
Councils have dismissed today’s Welsh Government’s finance settlement as a ‘bread and butter budget’ in which town halls ‘get the crumbs again’.
IPPR backs radical tax reforms
Replacing council tax with a new property tax could help tackle wealth inequality, a new report has claimed.
North Yorkshire warns of social care's 'existential crisis'
North Yorkshire CC has backed calls for a social care premium to resolve the ‘existential crisis’ facing the sector.
English councils undergoing harshest spending cuts
English councils have been hit twice as hard by spending cuts compared to their Scottish and Welsh counterparts, according to a study published today.
Missed savings could lead to overspend
Kingston upon Thames LBC is expected to overspend by £4m this year after finding a third of planned savings may not be delivered on time.
Councils' concern over Universal Support withdrawal
Councils have reacted with dismay after the Government handed support for the Universal Credit (UC) rollout to the charity sector.