Spending Review

  • Pondering productivity

    11 June 2024

    When councils are being asked to finalise productivity plans, the sight of a Royal Mail employee delivering the writ for the election reminds Ian Miller that 'Westminster and Whitehall still have something to learn from local government about efficiency and productivity'.


  • Let's start again

    07 June 2024

    The next government will have to reset the relationship with councils and establish an equal partnership between local and national government, says Cllr Kevin Bentley.


  • The new Government has the chance to reboot the long-outdated council finance system

    04 June 2024

    Without more support we can expect another 20 councils to be added to the list of those receiving 'exceptional financial support' over the next year, so it will be a priority for any new Government to get funding into councils, Says Graeme McDonald.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Treasury civil servants considering how income tax devolution could work

    21 May 2024

    Treasury officials are considering how the idea of devolving powers to local government to retain a share of income tax revenue could work, The MJ understands.


  • Vicious cycle curbs prevention

    21 May 2024

    The significant variation across the country in the rates of children in care highlights the importance of preventative services, says Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton.


  • Fresh local government cuts warning

    14 May 2024

    Government commitments mean real-terms cuts will have to be made to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities without a higher overall spending envelope, a report has warned.


  • Sweet oblivion

    07 May 2024

    The election results should give greater purchase for pushing through Rachel Reeves' take on industrial strategy and addressing the continued national productivity failure, says Jonathan Werran.


  • Election timetable means councils face race against time

    03 May 2024

    Councils’ next finance settlement may have to be announced before a Spending Review amid ‘extremely accelerated’ demands after the General Election, experts have warned.


  • Future Forum: ‘Hope’ for council tax overhaul

    20 March 2024

    Labour could be presented with an opportunity to reform council tax if election polls are borne out, The MJ’s Future Forum has heard.


  • Budget: Trailblazer devo deal for North East

    06 March 2024

    The North East has secured a trailblazer devolution deal that could provide a package of new funding potentially worth more than £100m, chancellor Jeremy Hunt has announced in his Budget.


  • What the Budget will mean for councils

    27 February 2024

    David Phillips says a focus on tax cuts in the upcoming Budget does not mean councils will go completely unmentioned – but what happens in the next Spending Review will be more important.


  • A new Government provides the opportunity for long-term reform

    15 January 2024

    The SEN system and the broken children’s social care residential market are the main drivers of cost for councils, and CCN will be proactively setting out its own case for reform of both as we gear up for a new Government, says Simon Edwards.


  • Public services out in the cold

    27 November 2023

    There was little joy for under-pressure public sector budgets including local government from last week’s Autumn Statement as Michael Burton reports.


  • Time to unleash the potential of local authorities on net zero

    23 October 2023

    If Westminster will not provide national leadership on net zero, it should empower ambitious local authorities to forge ahead, says Chris Skidmore MP.


  • The inflation situation

    08 August 2023

    Inflationary pressures are taking their toll on councils’ services and balance sheets, with further dangers on the horizon. Ann McGauran reports.


  • Budget 2023: Hunt to boost mayors' financial autonomy

    15 March 2023

    Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has announced the Government will ‘boost mayors’ financial autonomy’ in his Budget.


  • Food waste delay 'nailed down'

    06 February 2023

    Government proposals for every household to receive separate weekly food waste collections from this year will be delayed by two years, key Whitehall officials have admitted.


  • Mission Zero is good news for local government

    20 January 2023

    The Mission Zero review marks a significant shift from government Net Zero approaches that have side-lined or otherwise left local leaders feeling overlooked, says Jason Torrance.


  • Autumn Statement: The coming years will be extraordinarily difficult

    21 November 2022

    The chancellor hopes for growth by balancing tax rises and spending restraint, but the statement does little to address the serious underlying economic issues, says Rob Whiteman.


  • Autumn Statement: Jam today, gruel tomorrow

    21 November 2022

    In last week’s Autumn Statement chancellor Jeremy Hunt has pushed public spending cuts beyond the next general election in the hope a stronger economy will make them unnecessary, reports Michael Burton.