London CIV announces new chief
A pension investment company has appointed Mike O’Donnell as chief executive.
Council faces independent inquiry call
King’s Lynn & West Norfolk BC’s is facing calls for an independent inquiry into its partnership with one of the UK’s largest not-for-profit enterprise agencies.
LGA to build case for tourism tax
Smith Square is to commission further research as it looks to build a ‘very strong case’ for a tourism levy that could generate £12bn.
Tees Valley mayor's airport investment would total £75m
Tees Valley Combined Authority is being asked to commit £75m to the purchase of an airport, the business case has revealed.
Merseyside combined authority announces first precept
The Liverpool city region combined authority is to levy a council tax precept for the first time.
Northern Irish councils in fresh calls amid Stormont deadlock
Northern Ireland’s councils today said they need to be equipped to deliver more as the country marks two years since devolved government met at Stormont.
Local government being made the 'fall-guy'
A member of Perth & Kinross Council’s ruling administration has warned roads, bus services and schools will all ‘suffer’ in ‘highly visible and unpalatable’ cuts.
Brum threatens legal action against union
Birmingham City Council has threatened trade union Unite with the prospect of a court order as industrial action by refuse workers continues.
Newham to improve financial management after £9m fraud allegations
The mayor of Newham has announced plans to form a commission to advise the council on how to ‘become a beacon of good practice’ in its financial management.
Sunak calls for prevention funding
A minister has promised to press for more money for preventative services in the Government’s Spending Review.
EXCLUSIVE: Councils warn Whitehall of Brexit risks
Councils this week started to formally inform Whitehall about their Brexit risk assessments amid fears of crime spikes, public demonstrations and food bottlenecks.
As finance experts we need to stand firm in what we believe is right
John Betts' new year wish for finance staff is that the profession reinvigorates itself and starts to push back a bit against the death of expert knowledge and analysis
NAO calls for 'stronger leadership' from MHCLG
The Government must improve oversight and transparency over local authorities to ensure their financial sustainability, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said.
Greater Manchester warns Government over asylum contracts
Greater Manchester has vowed to ‘hold the Government to account’ over the number of asylum seekers the region accommodates.
Tees Valley mayor seeks backing for £40m airport bid
The Mayor of Tees Valley has launched a campaign to garner support for his proposed £40m purchase of Durham Tees Valley Airport.
Treasurers rebuff claims of commercial risk-taking
Finance chiefs have rejected suggestions curbs on council commercialisation are required.
LGA puts 2019/20 funding gap at £3bn
Councils face an overall funding gap of more than £3bn in 2019/20, the Local Government Association (LGA) has told Whitehall.
Cumbria faces budget overspend due to children's services
Rising demand and costs in looked after children threaten to leave Cumbria CC with a budget gap.
Reeves: Fair funding review could push some closer to cliff edge
The fair funding review could push some councils ‘closer to the cliff edge,’ the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) has warned.
Councils need to take a considered approach towards the vulnerable
Matthew Drage of Huntswood outlines how local authorities can ensure they are treating the most vulnerable in society fairly when dealing with arrears and collections