South London councils push for park law change
South London councils are pushing for a change to the law which forces them to pay for the upkeep of the Lea Valley Regional Park.
Specialist needs migrant children ‘can leave councils with £90k gap’
Councils can face a funding gap of up to £90,000 for unaccompanied child migrants with specialist needs, town halls have warned.
Call for IR35 delay
Senior local government personnel have urged Whitehall to delay the introduction of strict new anti-tax avoidance rules for public sector contractors.
The journey is just beginning
In the wake of the recent raft of national policy announcements, Mike Emmerich says it is time for the sector to take firm action and make sure this pivotal moment isn’t lost
MPs say ‘no’ to rates levy spend for housing
MPs have rejected calls to allow the infrastructure levy to be spent on housing under 100% business rates retention.
Reading’s finance plans ‘fragile’
Reading Council’s financial position has been described as fragile with ‘some very significant risks’ surrounding its delivery plan.
Bristol criticised for 'collective failure of leadership'
Bristol’s mayor has vowed to get the city’s finances under control after a report criticised the council for a ‘collective failure of leadership’ in achieving past savings.
Call for ‘ability to pay’ model
Shadow local government minister Jim McMahon has called for a new model of council funding based on residents’ ability to pay.
Councils will have crucial role in housing
Councils face significant new demands under ministers’ plan to kick-start Britain’s ‘broken’ housing market – but critics warned the reforms do not go far enough.
Labour proposes extra pub protection
A shadow communities minister has called for a change in the law to protect vulnerable pubs.
Public sector needs clarity on Brexit, says CIPFA
Public services need rapid clarity on Brexit so they can plan for the future, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy chief executive Rob Whiteman has claimed.
‘Incentivising growth’ key to rates retention
The challenge of moving to 100% business rates retention will be how to incentive ‘all kinds of growth,’ Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) president, Jo Miller, has said.
Emergency rules aim to quell delays to NI rate collection
Westminster may be forced to step in with emergency legislation to ensure Northern Irish councils can continue to be funded through taxation.
100% rates retention on its way as Bill receives second reading
Legislation that will pave the way for 100% business rates retention passed its second reading in the House of Commons this week.
Social work Bill exemption revived
Children and families minister Edward Timpson praised ‘inspirational’ councils as he reinstated controversial proposals that would exempt certain councils from their statutory responsibilities.
Porter warns homelessness Bill could struggle to make impact
Town hall leaders have warned new legislation to tackle homelessness could struggle unless ministers address wider issues.
100% rates retention Bill revealed
Much-anticipated framework legislation that will pave the way for local government to retain all of the business rates it collects by 2020 has been published.
Porter: Rates retention will end in tears
The move to 100% business rates retention will ‘end in tears,’ the chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) has predicted.
Vulnerable 'falling through cracks of fragmented system'
Vulnerable people are falling through the cracks of a fragmented health and social care system, the parliamentary and health service ombudsman has warned.
'Good' finance settlement for Welsh councils
Welsh councils should use this year’s ‘good settlement’ to ‘plan for the harder choices which will lie ahead,’ local government secretary Mark Drakeford has said.