LGA report suggests lifting of council tax freeze
Broxtowe BC should consider lifting its council tax freeze as it begins to use reserves at a ‘significant rate,’ a Local Government Association desktop review of the authority’s financial position has suggested.
Labour outlines housing policy
Labour would scrap right to buy, and give councils new borrowing freedoms and central funding in a bid to kick-start house building, the party said today.
Finance warning despite record savings
Surrey CC’s longer-term financial resilience is a ‘serious challenge’ despite the authority achieving a record £79m savings in 2017/18, senior councillors have been warned.
Chief sought answers from building society over fraud
Dundee City Council’s chief executive sought assurances over anti-money laundering practices from a major building society following a £1.1m fraud by a former staff member, it has emerged.
The journey towards wellbeing
Five years since the transfer of public health responsibilities to local authorities, Paul Najsarek, SOLACE lead for wellbeing and chief executive of Ealing LBC, reflects on the journey.
Placing faith in the pilots
From this month, a second wave of pilots have started 100% rates retention. Neil Amin-Smith and David Phillips from the Institute for Fiscal Studies examine the Government’s claims regarding these pilots.
The funding system must prevent unsustainable funding and misaligned incentives
Richard Flinton on the Association of County Chief Executives submission to the fairer funding consultation.
Sector to tackle peer challenge take-up
The number of councils that have not had a corporate peer challenge (CPC) since 2012 will be reduced by half in 2018/19, the sector’s Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) has agreed.
ADASS: DToC focus has consequences
The focus on delayed transfers of care compromises a strategic approach, a Care Quality Commission (CQC) official has warned.
ADASS: Finance chief relationship key
The relationship between directors of adult social care and their chief finance officer is key, delegates to a conference have been told.
Government announces business rates review
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced a review of the business rates system will be led by Andrew Hudson.
ADASS: Green paper to 'jump-start' care finance debate
This summer's social care green paper will 'jump-start' the debate on making the sector financially sustainable, minister Caroline Dinenage has pledged.
Government must strengthen its oversight and assurance mechanisms
Readers of a certain age will vividly remember the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It was the second largest oil disaster in US history.
LGA strikes £20m improvement deal
Whitehall is looking to strengthen the sector-led improvement regime in its latest £20m deal with the Local Government Association (LGA), The MJ understands.
Council uses £3m package to save factory
Luton Council has paid out more than £3m as part of a package to keep car manufacturing in the town.
'Rudd strategy undermined by grant delay'
Home secretary Amber Rudd’s plan to tackle serious violence is undermined by delayed grant payments to councils, Smith Square has warned.
Government could intervene in tier splits row
The Government could be left to intervene to settle the thorny issue of business rates tier splits under 75% retention, The MJ understands.
Parish pressure over council tax support
Billing authorities are facing increased Government pressure to hand parish councils cash to fund local council tax support schemes.
PFM launches finance software in UK
Financial adviser PFM has announced the launch of its modelling and budgeting software, Whitebirch, in the UK.
Council in £60m deal with Norse
Daventry DC has struck a major £60m deal with outsourcing supplier Norse Commercial Services to create a joint services venture.