Amey facing £200m Birmingham divorce bill
Amey may have to pay more than £200m to extricate itself from its troubled 25-year PFI contract with Birmingham City Council after years of legal difficulties, according to national newspaper reports.
Highland budget targets £37.5m savings
Highland Council is targeting £37.5m of savings in a ‘budget for change’.
Spelthorne calls end to commercial investments
Spelthorne BC has announced an end to its controversial policy of commercial property investments.
Cook boils over about 'crippling' uncertainty
Stockton-on-Tees BC’s leader, Cllr Bob Cook, has damned the ‘crippling’ uncertainty surrounding how local government will be funded in future.
Commission to look at decade of financial failings at Newham
Newham LBC is to press ahead with a commission to examine a litany of financial failures dating back 13 years.
EXCLUSIVE: Down to the core
Six out of 10 senior council figures admit their authority is now only delivering a basic core offer of service, The MJ and LGiU think-tank’s annual local government finance survey has revealed.
Union dilution warning over merging of roles
The union that represents senior local government managers has called for the independent roles of chief financial officer and chief executive to be kept separate.
EXCLUSIVE: MHCLG to make 'compelling case' for more funding
Local government minister Rishi Sunak has vowed that his department will ‘make a compelling case’ for more funding ahead of this year’s Spending Review.
Mind the gap
The MJ/LGiU survey exposes the growing gap between the public’s expectations and councils’ ability to deliver – with nearly two-thirds of respondents (61%) providing only ‘a little bit more’ than their statutory obligations.
Compromise may be required on fair funding
For the fair funding review to be successful compromise may be necessary, says Richard Flinton - and a (largely) united front will give a better shot at securing a system that can stand the test of time.
NAO should oversee council spending - report
The remit of the National Audit Office (NAO) should be extended to cover local government, a new report has concluded.
Edinburgh facing £30m health and care cuts
Health and social care services in Edinburgh would be ‘jeopardised’ by proposed funding shortfalls, it has been claimed.
Labour would create local government commission
Labour would create a new commission that would allow councillors to influence every decision that affects local authorities if they won a General Election.
Brokenshire in trade-offs warning
Local government secretary James Brokenshire has warned that trade-offs will be necessary in the fair funding review.
Budgeting in the midst of crisis
Northamptonshire CC chief executive Theresa Grant spoke to The MJ about how one goes about tackling the most challenging budget in local government.
Northamptonshire budget process a ‘rollercoaster’
The chief executive of Northamptonshire CC said the council’s budget was prepared with the speed of a rollercoaster.
Northamptonshire planning 4.99% tax hike
Northamptonshire CC has announced a 4.99% tax increase as part of next year’s budget.
'Social care providers will fail' until Green Paper is published
Delays to the social care Green Paper are putting providers at risk of collapse, it has been claimed.
Outsourcing giant Interserve strikes rescue deal
Outsourcing specialist Interserve has agreed a deal with its lenders.
By no means fair enough
Tony Kirkham is concerned that the desire to deliver fair funding could end up being something we started but couldn't finish.