• Squeezed and broken

    19 February 2019

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West urges local government to make a unified case for greater funding, by seizing the moment in the run-up to the Spending Review

  • It's time to talk about tax

    19 February 2019

    Paul O'Brien argues It’s time for an honest conversation about tax in the UK - and the 'smoke and mirrors' approach to the funding of public services needs to stop.

  • Council leaders insist waste reforms must be ‘fully funded’

    18 February 2019

    Local authority leaders have welcomed plans to ‘overhaul’ the waste system, but cautioned Whitehall that any reforms need to be fully funded.

  • Mets feeling deprived over funding formula

    06 February 2019

    Can the sector reach a consensus on the weighting given to deprivation in the fair funding formula? Ann McGauran examines the local government reaction

  • Austerity cuts get the blame for Brexit

    06 February 2019

    Domestic political decisions were to blame for Brexit and will do little to help those deprived Leave areas that helped make it happen, says Michael Burton.

  • Councils are ready to do their best with Brexit

    06 February 2019

    Heather Jameson says that in a breathtakingly brazen attempt to get the blame in early, civil servants have raised concerns about how councils will handle Brexit - but in reality local government is, mostly, at its best in an emergency.

  • Lords warn services face ‘evisceration’ without radical change

    25 January 2019

    Lords have warned ministers of the ‘evisceration’ of local government unless funding is overhauled.

  • Balancing children’s outcomes

    23 January 2019

    As pressures on children’s services budgets rise, London boroughs battle with balancing the books and keeping children safe. Ann McGauran reports on an MJ/Newton round table debate on the issues facing the chief executives of London councils

  • There is no perfect method

    23 January 2019

    'Fair funding' looks to be provoking arguments similar to two bald men fighting over a comb, but reductions in spending estimates for some of the most deprived authorities are not a good look, says Ben Page.

  • Met councils' chair says proposed changes to funding formula 'grossly unfair'

    21 January 2019

    The chair of the Special Interest Group of Metropolitan Authorities (SIGOMA)  has written to James Brokenshire complaining  about ‘grossly unfair’ and ‘illogical’  proposed changes to the fair funding formula.

  • Sunak calls for prevention funding

    16 January 2019

    A minister has promised to press for more money for preventative services in the Government’s Spending Review.

  • Let's build on the positives of 2018

    08 January 2019

    Director of the CCN Simon Edwards says that while the latest fair funding consultation is on a positive trajectory there is still a way to go to reset an opaque and unfair system.

  • More than a third of councils face financial failure

    08 January 2019

    More than a third of councils in England are at risk of financial failure in the next decade, with one in five on track to reach breaking point in the next three years, a new analysis has found.

  • Lord Bourne urges bids for Windrush Day events cash

    22 November 2018

    As the MHCLG launches a £500,000 fund to support councils and community groups in putting on events to celebrate national Windrush Day Communities Minister Lord Bourne says local authorities have a powerful role to play

  • The quest for a fairer future

    13 November 2018

    In the run-up to this year’s County Councils’ Network annual conference Simon Edwards looks at the immense challenges facing counties and the campaign for fair funding.

  • Lancashire CC to face 'difficult decisions'

    23 October 2018

    Lancashire CC will have to make some ‘difficult decisions’ over the next few months to ensure that it remains financially viable, auditors have concluded.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Cross-party councillors call to end funding uncertainty

    23 October 2018

    Councillors from across the political spectrum have demanded the Government provide funding certainty ahead of the Budget next week.

  • New data proves iBCF impact

    22 October 2018

    More than two out of three English councils were able to increase home care provision as a result of the Improved Better Care Fund, according to new data.

  • Reform council tax or lose our support, Greens tell SNP

    22 October 2018

    Without any progress on council tax reform the Greens will vote down the upcoming Scottish budget, the party’s co-convener has warned.

  • North Somerset to benefit from new chief's 30-years experience

    16 October 2018

    Gloucestershire CC’s director of finance, Jo Walker, will leave behind her 30-year career at the authority when she joins North Somerset Council as its new chief executive next year.