Labour must 'grasp the nettle' early on social care costs
Labour will ‘have to grasp the nettle fairly early on’ if it wins the General Election about the long-term funding of social care, shadow minister Andrew Gwynne has said.
Nottingham issues s114 notice
Nottingham City Council has issued a section 114 notice after failing to deliver a balanced budget for the current financial year.
Using ‘assurance’ to aid recruitment
Inspections can prove a troubling time for organisations, but preparation and support for your staff can reap benefits in the long term. Craig Clarke of GatenbySanderson explains.
London borough applies for capitalisation direction
Havering LBC is to apply for a capitalisation direction as it bids to avoid issuing a section 114 notice next year.
Fundamental reform of council funding will require a cross-party initiative
If the next Government sticks to current commitments, performance in services will deteriorate further, says Rob Whiteman.
Southampton in informal talks with Government for support
Southampton City Council has been in ‘informal contact’ with the Government over a capitalisation direction as it attempts to avoid a s114 notice.
Fixing a broken PWLB
The Public Works Loan Board-anchored system of council capital funding is broken, say David Marlow and Andy Pike.
Peer reviews: The heat is on
Is corporate peer review a robust enough way to predict the risks of a future section 114 or is it just one improvement tool in a system of assurance? Dan Peters examines the evidence.
Moving in to pick up the pieces
Gavin Jones talks to Heather Jameson about the work that goes into sorting out the aftermath of a s114 notice.
How government can support the retention of essential service delivery
Senior consultant at CIPFA Penna Karima Dakhama looks at how local authorities through innovation can ensure the retention of essential service delivery across the UK.
Keeping the faith
As local government battles with budgets and rising demand, Heather Jameson spoke to Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan about what he wants to see from the next government.
Job cuts 'inevitable' at Brum
Birmingham City Council is poised to reveal a worse-than-expected financial position as it embarks on a savings drive and ‘inevitable’ job cuts, The MJ has learned.
The problem is Government, not local government
Paul Martin argues councils are being forced to focus on minimum service levels while maximising income streams - an approach that jeopardises high customer service and risks stifling the entrepreneurial.
Don't call it a comeback
Dan Peters talks to Cllr Rowenna Davis and Mayor Jason Perry about Croydon LBC's improvement journey, and how, in spite of positive signs, there is still much work to do.
Brum commissioners warn council will need further help to agree lawful budget
Commissioners at Birmingham City Council have warned it will struggle to agree a lawful budget next year without further help.
Council looks to address £100m ‘black hole’
Somerset Council is considering measures, including reducing staffing and cutting services to statutory levels, to cover a £100m funding gap.
Bradford latest to issue section 114 warning
Bradford City Council has warned it may become the latest to declare an emergency section 114 notice unless it takes urgent action to cut spending.
Councils are heading for the end of the line
There’s no time to lose. Financial pressure is mounting on councils and, says Andrew Blake-Herbert, long-term solutions need to be found to fix funding disparity.
High quality properly funded services must underpin levelling up
Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton says local government funding needs a reset of business rates growth, an update of the data used in the formula and certainty with multi-year settlements if it is to achieve a more resilient long-term footing.
Section 114 ‘almost inevitable’ for Leicester
Leicester City Council is ‘rapidly running out of options’ to cut costs and faces financial crisis ahead of its 2025-26 budget, its mayor has warned local government secretary Michael Gove.