Hotel levy talks over Commonwealth Games
Talks between Birmingham City Council and the Government over how the Commonwealth Games will be funded are continuing, The MJ understands.
LGA urged to act on LOBO loans
Campaigners have called for Smith Square to investigate and pursue the brokers, banks and advisers ‘complicit in the misselling’ controversial Lender Option Borrower Option (LOBO) loans.
Leader pushes ahead with commercialisation despite setbacks
The leader of Aylesbury Vale DC has insisted recent setbacks have not dented the council’s commercialisation drive.
Raft of cuts after first Section 114 in almost 20 years
The stark reality of the financial cliff-edge facing Northamptonshire CC has this week been revealed by its budget plan.
Shout if you want to be heard over the media storm
Local government finance has received rare media attention - but much of the commentary has been simplistic and dumbed down. Heather Jameson urges the sector to shout louder or risk losing the battle for hearts and minds.
Government guidance eases fears of out-of-borough clamp down
Fears that ministers would clamp down on councils’ abilities to invest in commercial property outside their local area have been eased by new Government guidance.
Not getting cake but eating it
The signs for the upcoming fair funding review are already not good.
Council to develop £5m property investment portfolio
Cheshire East Council will develop a £5m property investment portfolio to give it an additional income stream that will help achieve a balanced budget.
Labour looks to overhaul 'not fit for purpose' council tax
Labour is considering a range of options to fund local authorities as part of an overhaul of a council tax system ‘not fit for purpose,’ the shadow communities secretary has said.
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.
Sunak steps up pressure on peer challenge
New local government minister Rishi Sunak has said Whitehall is 'very keen' that every council hosts a corporate peer challenge.
Care provider Four Seasons temporarily bailed out
The struggling care provider Four Seasons has today signed a deal with a hedge fund which will see £70m invested to enable it to keep operating.
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 says he needs 'stronger case' on HRA
Local government secretary Sajid Javid has urged the sector to use headroom in the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) to boost his case for further action.
Javid and Gwynne clash over finance settlement
Communities secretary Sajid Javid clashed today with his Labour rival Andrew Gwynne over errors in the provisional settlement as he saw off a threatened rebellion.
Nine out of 10 plan to use PWLB
More and more councils are making use of the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB), research by The MJ and LGiU think-tank has found.
Expert in warning over funding review complexities
The complexity of the local government fair funding review could make it difficult to develop a ‘fair and workable system’ in time for April 2020, a sector expert has warned.
Pressure grows for HRA cap action
Key sector figures have piled further pressure on the Government over the Housing Revenue Account cap.
Is this cash injection too little too late?
In the aftermath of the first Section 114 notice in nearly 20 years, and a meagre increase in the finance finance settlement, Heather Jameson considers the state of local government finance
EXCLUSIVE: Funding red flags raised
One in 10 council bosses fear their local authority will not have enough funding to fulfil their statutory duties in 2018/19, an exclusive survey has found today.