Are reserves such a bad thing?
The public naming of 11 councils deemed at risk of running out of cash reserves has thrown the spotlight on how this money should be spent. Gary Fielding says careful use of reserves can be the solution to a range of issues.
Mind the gap
The MJ/LGiU survey exposes the growing gap between the public’s expectations and councils’ ability to deliver – with nearly two-thirds of respondents (61%) providing only ‘a little bit more’ than their statutory obligations.
Sheffield warns 'austerity not over yet'
Sheffield City Council will dip into its reserves as it faces a budget overspend totalling £21m over two years.
Councils plan reserves increase post-Budget
Prudent councils are shoring up their reserves in an effort to protect future finances, figures released as part of the Budget have revealed.
Reserves red alert
NAO study on financial sustainability warns of fresh cash crisis for local authorities
Watchdog warns of 'serious concerns' over Clackmannanshire's finances
Scotland's smallest mainland council must take ‘decisive action’ to find nearly £30m in savings over the next three years, auditors have said.