BREAKING: Auditor in 'illegal' budget warning
Crisis-hit Northamptonshire CC was this week told to rip up its 2018/19 budget after auditors warned it could be illegal.
Raft of cuts after first Section 114 in almost 20 years
The stark reality of the financial cliff-edge facing Northamptonshire CC has this week been revealed by its budget plan.
Devolution framework 'almost done'
The Government's new devolution framework is 'almost done,' communities secretary Sajid Javid has insisted.
Javid says he needs 'stronger case' on HRA
Local government secretary Sajid Javid has urged the sector to use headroom in the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) to boost his case for further action.
Javid and Gwynne clash over finance settlement
Communities secretary Sajid Javid clashed today with his Labour rival Andrew Gwynne over errors in the provisional settlement as he saw off a threatened rebellion.
Gwynne demands Javid resignation for 'misleading' House of Commons
Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has demanded the resignation of his counterpart Sajid Javid after the minister admitted he knew the data behind the provisional finance settlement was wrong.
Javid finds extra £166m in final settlement
Local government secretary Sajid Javid has found an additional £166m to ease spending pressures in social care and rural areas in the final 2018/19 settlement.
Tory MP in call for Northamptonshire governance changes
A Northamptonshire MP has called for the immediate abolition of the county council’s cabinet and its replacement with a committee-led system of governance.
Chief in Brexit casualty warning
The Government wants to ‘water down’ current arrangements for consulting councils after Brexit, a chief executive has claimed.
May could be defeated on council finance
Tory MPs have warned the Government they are willing to mount a rebellion over the finance settlement for councils.
Pot calling kettle black?
The question over how much MPs splash out on first-class train travel constantly crops up in written parliamentary questions.
Inspector arrives amid reorganisation pressure
An independent inspector today began investigating Northamptonshire CC’s precarious finances amid fresh signs MPs are pressuring the Government to reorganise the county.
Do you mi-ho-co-lo-go?
Diary has found itself doing lots of speech exercises ever since the reshuffle gave birth to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Burnham under pressure to limit tax
Greater Manchester’s mayor, Andy Burnham, is under pressure to limit his council tax precept.
Call for devolution jump-start after policy stalls
Local government secretary Sajid Javid's latest annual report on devolution has laid bare the extent that the policy stalled in 2016/17.
Javid sends inspector into Northamptonshire
Local government secretary Sajid Javid has ordered a best value inspection of Conservative-led Northamptonshire CC amid continuing concerns over its financial management and corporate governance.
Javid 'troll' stands down
Sajid Javid can breathe a sigh of relief after keeping his job in prime minister Theresa May’s reshuffle this week.
Councils win high-value home reprieve
Local authorities will not be forced to sell high-value council homes until at least April 2019 after lobbying from the sector.
Review highlights fire safety failings
Scores of buildings do not have up-to-date arrangements for fire safety, an independent review has found.
LGA chief chosen for new homelessness panel
Local Government Association chief executive Mark Lloyd will represent the sector as a member of Whitehall’s new rough sleeping advisory panel.