Post pandemic public purse propositions
Mike Bennett and Tim Byles outline a holistic and strategic approach on post pandemic public spending in order to navigate the dangers ahead.
Northumberland 'concern' over company finances
Northumberland CC is looking to exert more control over its wholly-owned property firm after it posted losses of £30m.
A crucial step for Luton’s recovery
Luton BC’s capitalisation direction will allow the council to temporarily borrow money to fund services until its commercial revenue recovers, says Cllr Hazel Simmons.
Minister claims councils' financial issues due to investments
Commercial investments rather than a lack of central funding is at the root of councils’ financial woes, local government minister Luke Hall has claimed.
Financing health is vital to our futures
Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy says the upcoming Budget is a chance to act on the lessons of COVID-19 – and now is the moment to start building the path towards a healthy recovery.
The search for answers on housing delivery
The consultation on the replacement to the New Homes Bonus does not shed any light on how the Government intends to resolve the tricky balancing act between growth incentives and local needs, says Adrian Jenkins.
Warwick to overhaul climate change plans
Warwick DC is to redraw its plans to tackle climate change after abandoning a green tax referendum.
Oxford urged to halt property investment
The Labour administration has rejected calls to scrap £20m spending plans.
Surrey boroughs consider merger
Guildford and Waverley BCs are looking to combine management teams and services in a move driven by ‘brutal’ funding cuts.
Scottish councils receive £275m COVID-19 boost
The Scottish Government has announced £275m of additional funding for local authorities to assist with financial pressures as a result of the pandemic.
Councils bail out airport
Local authorities are among the shareholders that have been asked to provide loans to Birmingham Airport as it suffers from COVID-19 restrictions.
Simple tips for success
Liz Bruce offers tips on what it takes to ‘get there, survive and thrive’ as a director of adult social care.
Now is the time for councils to look at their property portfolio
It’s time for councils to review their assets to fuel the post-COVID recovery before the ‘Right to Regenerate’, says Mark Davis.
Unions - COVID self-isolation support 'not working'
Council data shows financial support for people self-isolating in England has left many workers in hardship, and highlights postcode variations in the success rate of applications, say unions.
Budget should give more cash to councils, claims IFS
Next month’s Budget should allocate more funding for local government, health and education while a revamped and higher council tax should replace stamp duty, says a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
MPs call for flood support
A group of cross-party MPs has joined calls for funding to support areas flooded during Storm Christoph.
Uncertain future for New Homes Bonus
Raising the baseline and withholding payments for councils without local plans are among a range of options in the Government’s consultation on the New Homes Bonus.
New review puts case for a National Care Service in Scotland
An independent review of adult care services in Scotland has called for urgent improvements in workforce planning, pay and conditions, and a rethink on charging policies.
Four councils strike capitalisation deals with government
Four English councils that were unable to balance their budgets will be allowed to borrow millions of pounds to boost their revenue accounts.
MPs attack 'broken' council funding
The Government has promised reform of the system of financing local authorities.