Finance Settlement

  • The waiting game

    17 October 2018

    The challenge for national Government is how funding can be moved across to the local government sector and councils in Norfolk have presented their case and are waiting for the settlement announcement, says Jill Penn


  • EXCLUSIVE: Future of new homes bonus cast in doubt

    04 October 2018

    The future of the £7bn New Homes Bonus is in doubt, after Treasury ministers revealed they believe the policy has failed.


  • Leading the charge

    19 September 2018

    As the sector prepares to make its case with Whitehall about the future of local services at the forthcoming Society of Local Authority Chief Executives’ annual Summit next month, Dr Martin Reeves puts forward his vision for the future.


  • What to expect from the Spending Review

    19 September 2018

    Next year’s Spending Review is likely to be one of the toughest since it was first introduced in 1998. In its first critical study of the review process, Whitehall-watcher the Institute for Government, suggests the approach the Treasury should adopt. Michael Burton reports on its conclusions.


  • Essex councils clash over business rates retention pilot

    18 September 2018

    A bid by Essex’s local authorities to pilot a business rates retention project worth up to £20m could be torpedoed by Thurrock Council.


  • MHCLG consults on proposals to resolve negative RSG

    24 July 2018

    Marsham Street has come up with plans to plug a £153m financial hole faced by councils next year.


  • Government announces business rates review

    12 April 2018

    Communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced a review of the business rates system will be led by Andrew Hudson.


  • Javid orders review after second finance mistake

    20 March 2018

    The Government has ordered a review after being forced to admit a second mistake in as many months in the way it calculates council payments.


  • Timetable will plunge sector into 'crisis management'

    15 March 2018

    Local government would be thrown into a period of ‘crisis management’ under the Government’s current fair funding timetable, Whitehall has been warned.


  • Sunak: Northamptonshire an exception

    21 February 2018

    No other councils have contacted Whitehall with financial concerns on the scale of Northamptonshire CC, the local government minister has confirmed.


  • Gwynne calls for answers on 'fiasco' settlement

    21 February 2018

    Andrew Gwynne has written to the Cabinet Office’s permanent secretary claiming Whitehall officials broke the civil service code ahead of the provisional finance settlement.


  • Rural-London clash over fair funding

    21 February 2018

    London Councils is expected to clash with rural authorities over the upcoming fair funding review.


  • Honesty is still the best policy

    20 February 2018

    Heather Jameson says those involved in the provisional local government finance settlement cover-up seemed to be more interested in remaining ‘blame free’ than resolving the matter.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Finance cover-up exposed

    20 February 2018

    Key Whitehall departments involved in attempt to bury changes to provisional finance settlement data.


  • Councils ‘close to collapse’ despite extra cash offer

    08 February 2018

    Councils remain ‘perilously close’ to financial collapse despite an additional £166m to support social care and rural services, the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Conservative chairman has warned.


  • Javid and Gwynne clash over finance settlement

    07 February 2018

    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.


  • Is this cash injection too little too late?

    06 February 2018

    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


  • Gwynne demands Javid resignation for 'misleading' House of Commons

    06 February 2018

    Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has demanded the resignation of his counterpart Sajid Javid after the minister admitted he knew the data behind the provisional finance settlement was wrong.


  • Javid finds extra £166m in final settlement

    06 February 2018

    Local government secretary Sajid Javid has found an additional £166m to ease spending pressures in social care and rural areas in the final 2018/19 settlement.


  • May could be defeated on council finance

    01 February 2018

    Tory MPs have warned the Government they are willing to mount a rebellion over the finance settlement for councils.