Councils ‘close to collapse’ despite extra cash offer
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
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?
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
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
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
Tory MPs have warned the Government they are willing to mount a rebellion over the finance settlement for councils.
Councils welcome SNP-Green deal
Councils have welcomed a deal between Holyrood finance secretary Derek Mackay and Scottish Greens, which claimed they had secured £170m extra cash for local authorities.
Labour accuses Government of 'holding back' sector
Labour MPs have urged ministers to provide ‘strategic vision’ for local government.
Stand united and speak with one voice for public services
Voices in local government are not being raised in union, and this needs to change, writes Heather Jameson.
EXCLUSIVE: Government knew provisional settlement was wrong
Whitehall officials rushed out the provisional local government finance settlement days before Christmas despite knowing the figures it was based on were wrong, The MJ has learnt.
EXCLUSIVE: Finance settlement 'shambles' after provisional data wrong
The local government finance settlement has descended into a shambles after it emerged allocations in the provisional document were wrong, The MJ can exclusively reveal.
Let's hope the ministry works with us on finance
Ian Miller analyses the impacts of the finance settlement on districts.
We want an extension of the transitional grants
Counties' core grants are set to drop double the rate of other council types, says Simon Edwards as he urges ministers to extend the transitional grants for another two years.
'The finance system is broken beyond the next few years'
With the provisional local government finance settlement published so late in the day before Christmas, you could be forgiven for missing it. Heather Jameson reveals analyses the impact of a 1% council tax increase.
Many councils remain at a tipping point
Lord Porter looks back to the provisional finance settlement and ahead to the major financial challenges of the new year.
Social care funding plea amid NHS crisis
Social care directors have warned delays to operations and hospital admissions will continue without a long-term sustainable funding solution for their sector.
Jonathan Carr-West: Finance settlement was cautious and underwhelming
Dr Jonathan Carr-West argues the local government finance settlement was cautious and underwhelming, but represents some progress.
Finance settlement offers no lifeline to the struggling sector
Sajid Javid may have offered enough to potential Tory rebel MPs, but the funding crisis in local government will remain, argues Heather Jameson.
Council tax increase limit raised by Javid
Councils will be allowed to increase their core council tax by up to 3% in 2018/19 without a referendum, potentially raising an additional £250m.
Lifting the council tax cap is just passing the buck
The finance settlement could remove the council tax raising cap, but this would hardly be a win for local government, Heather Jameson argues.