• The new Government has the chance to reboot the long-outdated council finance system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

  • MJ Regen: Rebuilding Britain’s homes

    14 May 2024

    What should the next government should do to deliver on housing? Cllr Darren Rodwell says there are no quick wins, but the current housing crisis needs a range of solutions.

  • The Hunt for cash

    23 January 2024

    The Treasury has asked an internal team of experts to hunt down potential extra cash for local government, The MJ understands.

  • NCASC: Sector 'slow in making strong case to Treasury for social care cash'

    29 November 2023

    The sector has been slow in making a robust case for social care  funding from the Treasury, says president of ADASS Beverley Tarka.

  • Fixing a broken PWLB

    20 November 2023

    The Public Works Loan Board-anchored system of council capital funding is broken, say David Marlow and Andy Pike.

  • Homelessness figures continue to rise

    13 October 2023

    New Government figures have revealed the growing problem of homelessness across England and costs such as temporary accommodation putting increased pressure on council budgets.

  • The future of early years education

    17 July 2023

    Early years provision is an incredibly valuable linchpin in every community and local economy, and councils have the potential to match that value with the funding and strategic support such a public service deserves, says Chlöe Darlington.

  • LGPS should consider alternatives to Government’s investment agenda

    07 July 2023

    Steve Simkins says it would be hasty to encourage the LGPS to invest in assets which support the Government’s growth agenda without looking at the alternatives, including more local approaches.

  • Why wait?

    21 March 2023

    The Budget signals big steps for devolution, but the chancellor could do much for local government finance now, says Charlotte Alldritt.

  • Are we back to 1992?

    21 February 2023

    The Prime Minister needs to get the Tory ship seaworthy for his election campaign, but is the 1992 playbook likely to work again, wonders Dan Corry.

  • Managing spending centrally is the flaw

    14 February 2023

    At a minimum, the ban on Michael Gove’s department spending cash on new capital projects without Treasury approval worsens the policy uncertainty afflicting the Government’s funding programmes, says Jack Shaw.

  • Care inspections could risk councils being 'set up to fail'

    04 November 2022

    The reintroduction of an inspection regime for adult social care could risk councils being ‘set up to fail’, says the deputy chief executive of the Local Government Association (LGA).

  • Investment zones face uncertain future

    24 October 2022

    The UK’s proposed investment zones face an uncertain future under a new prime minister, with Treasury officials increasingly sceptical about the costs involved.

  • Talking about tomorrow’s South East

    19 October 2022

    Sean McKee believes the South East’s solid track record as a net contributor to the Treasury offers a chance to end local government finance orthodoxy and trial a fresh approach.

  • Abolition of social care levy survives Budget bonfire

    17 October 2022

    The abolition  of the health and care levy is now the only major part of the discredited mini-Budget to survive after new Chancellor Jeremy Hunt today junked most of the other tax cuts in a dramatic announcement.

  • Delivery failure

    04 October 2022

    Responding to the chancellor’s fiscal statement, Sir Bob Neill says self-avowed free marketeers should clearly listen to the markets they are so keen to unshackle.

  • Simon Clarke's clarity of purpose may be just what is required

    12 September 2022

    Duncan Flynn looks at the scale of the task facing the new secretary of state for levelling up Simon Clarke, and considers what we can expect from him.

  • Minister pleas for more refugees cash

    23 August 2022

    Refugees minister Lord Harrington has made a plea to inject more funding into the Homes for Ukraine scheme amid fears sponsors may withdraw.

  • What lies ahead for the flagship agendas?

    19 July 2022

    'Securing long-term funding was always needlessly tricky for local authorities, but will become even more challenging in the months ahead with the revolving doors to the Treasury and No10 about to come off their hinges', says Rob Whiteman.

  • Sunak: No plans for longer finance settlements

    30 June 2022

    The Treasury has no plans to give further fiscal stability to local government beyond the two-year finance settlement announced by Michael Gove.