Gwynne calls for commissioners to take over Northamptonshire CC
Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has urged his political rival Sajid Javid to send commissioners into crisis-hit Northamptonshire CC.
Fitzgerald to be on bail for a year
Four men, including Liverpool City Council boss Ged Fitzgerald, will have been on bail for a year when they next have to report to police.
Greens call for council tax and business rates reform
Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie, has called for a replacement of the current system of council tax and reform of business rates.
Sunak: Northamptonshire an exception
No other councils have contacted Whitehall with financial concerns on the scale of Northamptonshire CC, the local government minister has confirmed.
Rural-London clash over fair funding
London Councils is expected to clash with rural authorities over the upcoming fair funding review.
EXCLUSIVE: Finance cover-up exposed
Key Whitehall departments involved in attempt to bury changes to provisional finance settlement data.
Auditor in 'illegal' budget warning
Crisis-hit Northamptonshire CC was this week told to rip up its 2018/19 budget after auditors warned it could be illegal.
Spending Review to decide bonus future
The future of the New Homes Bonus rests on next year’s departmental spending review, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has confirmed.
Shropshire in savings warning
Shropshire Council has outlined a five-year financial strategy designed to ensure the authority remains financially stable – but has warned its savings requirements are demanding.
Stark warning over council's finances
Pendle BC’s Section 151 officer has warned the council’s medium-term financial health is under threat.
Crunch meetings avoid overspend
Luton Council’s chief executive Trevor Holden has held a series of meetings with his corporate directors to bring back spending within budget.
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.