Wales

  • Auditor: Powys failing to improve

    12 November 2018

    Embattled Powys CC is still failing to improve performance standards, an annual audit report has found. 


  • Budget 2018: Lifting of cap could lead to £15bn extra debt

    30 October 2018

    The abolition of the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) borrowing cap in this week’s Budget could enable councils to take on up to £15bn in extra debt, according to property adviser Savills.


  • Minister embroiled in 'Oliver Twist' row

    24 October 2018

    Welsh local authorities have called on the First Minister to consider sacking his colleague in charge of councils after he labelled councillors ‘Oliver Twists’.


  • LGPS expenditure rises

    19 October 2018

    The total expenditure of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) in England and Wales was £12.7bn in 2017/18, newly-published statistics have shown.


  • Finance settlement has 'gravest implications'

    09 October 2018

    Councils have dismissed today’s Welsh Government’s finance settlement as a ‘bread and butter budget’ in which town halls ‘get the crumbs again’.


  • Community councils should cover whole of Wales

    03 October 2018

    Community councils should be extended to cover the whole of Wales, a study for the Welsh Assembly has concluded.


  • Conwy defends ‘monthly’ bins regime amid complaints

    25 September 2018

    Conwy Council has defended its decision to move to monthly rubbish collections, amid claims a local trial led to increased fly-tipping and unsanitary streets.


  • Burnham: Devolution is our best hope

    06 September 2018

    Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has argued that devolution ‘offers the best hope of making Brexit work for the regions and uniting our uncertain nation’.


  • Unison calls for pensions fund merger

    28 August 2018

    The largest trade union representing members of the Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme (SLGPS) has called for the 11 funds to be merged.


  • Council tax revaluation calls grow

    10 August 2018

    Finance chiefs have said it is ‘untenable’ for local government to rely on the creaking council tax system without a politically-challenging revaluation of properties.


  • Southern England propping up rest of UK - ONS

    01 August 2018

    Southern England continues to subsidise the rest of the UK by raising more in taxes than it spends on public services, according to latest analysis from the Office for National Statistics.


  • Powys CC chief executive to leave

    13 July 2018

    Powys CC chief executive Jeremy Patterson is to leave the authority after almost 10 years in the role, the council has announced.


  • Davies takes forced mergers off table

    29 June 2018

    Wales’ cabinet secretary for local government Alun Davies has taken forced council mergers off the table.


  • Tidal lagoon rejection ‘bitter pill’ for Wales

    26 June 2018

    An urgent meeting with Welsh secretary Alun Cairns has been demanded by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) after Whitehall failed to back a major energy project.


  • Northern Irish councils' devolution call

    21 June 2018

    The time is now right to extend the responsibilities of local government in Northern Ireland through greater devolution from Stormont, a new report said today.


  • Growth plans for Norse

    13 June 2018

    Norse Group has laid out ambitious growth plans that could lead to it hitting £0.5bn turnover.


  • BASW members hold Welsh austerity march

    12 June 2018

    Social workers are marching through Wales today in protest at austerity cuts.


  • Manzie made a Dame

    11 June 2018

    The former interim chief executive of Birmingham City Council, Stella Manzie, has been made a Dame in the Queen’s birthday honours for services to local government.


  • On the road to reorganisation

    29 May 2018

    After being met with opposition from local authorities in Wales, cabinet secretary for local government and public services, Alun Davies, makes the case for reorganisation.


  • Welsh reorganisation consultation deadline approaches

    29 May 2018

    Time is running out to take part in a consultation over proposals to merge councils in Wales.