Spending Round

  • The positive process of peer review

    06 February 2020

    Tony Kirkham recently took part in a Local Government Association peer review. He says the process was intensive and hard work - but he 'enjoyed every minute'.


  • DCN: Council tax allowance not sufficient

    28 January 2020

    The Government’s proposed council tax referendum threshold of 2% or £5 for shire district councils is ‘not sufficient,’ the District Councils’ Network (DCN) has said.


  • The sector cannot simply make blank cheque arguments

    09 January 2020

    It will be crucial to show the new Government that investing in local government will provide a return for ministers, says Simon Edwards.


  • Jenrick hails 'biggest multi-billion pound spending increase in a decade'

    20 December 2019

    Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed what he describes as the ‘biggest multi-billion pound spending increase for councils in a decade’.


  • Counties are key to unleashing the entire country's potential

    18 December 2019

    David Williams says Boris Johnson’s Government has been elected on a domestic pledge to ‘level-up’ the ‘left-behind’ parts of the country, and, in taking his agenda forward, it has a ready and willing partner in counties.


  • The year that was

    11 December 2019

    It’s been a year notable for things that never were – the Spending Review, social care Green Paper, devolution framework or, indeed, Brexit. But proof emerged that most male councillors are actually called John.


  • Future Forum North: 'It's councils and councillors who are trusted to shape local places'

    06 December 2019

    With less than a week left before the General Election, the chief executive of the Local Government Association (LGA) has highlighted ‘it’s councils and councillors who are trusted to shape what goes on locally’.


  • ‘We are arguing about a system that’s just flawed’

    27 November 2019

    Sir Steve Houghton talks to Ann McGauran about the funding challenges faced by metropolitan districts and urban unitary authorities – and what the next Government needs to deliver to the ‘hardest-hit’ places.


  • Get rid of 'delays, deadlock and paralysis'

    06 November 2019

    Continuing to stumble through this 'political Groundhog Day' has real consequences for the services that affect real people every day, says Rob Whiteman - and it’s well past time their needs came to the top of the political agenda.


  • Spending promises ignore the state’s changing nature

    06 November 2019

    Michael Burton asks how much of the 'largesse, if any' of both of the main parties' election spending pledges might flow back into local government, which has borne the brunt of cuts in the last decade.


  • Working together after the storm

    23 October 2019

    At first glance there’s much for local government to get its teeth into in the Queen’s Speech, not least the promise of further devolution, says Bob Neill. But more frustratingly the wait continues for the Green Paper on social care.


  • Investment is at risk from borrowing hike

    23 October 2019

    Increasing the interest rate on borrowing from the Public Works Loan Board puts much-needed investment at risk and to do it without consultation doesn't say much for the relationship between local government and the Treasury, says Tony Kirkham.


  • Kent’s very own powerhouse

    15 October 2019

    Cllr Paul Carter has stepped down as leader of Kent CC. Now he plans to apply his energies to local care and the vocational agenda, including apprenticeships. Ann McGauran reports


  • Working towards collective responsibility in financial management

    10 October 2019

    Rob Whiteman says CIPFA’s Financial Management (FM) code launched today will provide consistent standards for the sector, rooted in transparency.


  • Spending Round still leaves uncertainties

    09 October 2019

    The proposed threshold of 2% for referenda on 'excessive' council tax increases is a retrograde step, when the principle was 3% for the current financial year, says Ian Miller.


  • Putting our finances on a secure footing

    09 October 2019

    Andrew Burns examines how councils can ensure financial sustainability and put local services on the right path.


  • Brexit casts its shadow over budgets

    08 October 2019

    This week’s Green Budget by the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns that the increases in the Spending Round still need to be funded, by tax rises or more borrowing, while a bad Brexit deal will jeopardise the public finances. Michael Burton reports.


  • Austerity could be back, warns IFS

    08 October 2019

    Austerity could make a comeback if the Government is unable to fund its spending increases through tax rises or more borrowing, according to the ‘Green Budget’ published today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.


  • Don't erode new funding with fresh obligations

    01 October 2019

    The Spending Round was good news for councils, but if there is a systematic erosion of that funding with new obligations 'it risks leaving a sour taste', says Gary Fielding.


  • Norfolk considers £16m new savings

    30 September 2019

    Norfolk CC is considering new savings of £15.8m next year on top of already-agreed savings of £31.1m in 2020/21.