Dan Peters

  • Spending Review: UKSPF to reach £1.5bn a year

    25 November 2020

    The value of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) will reach around £1.5bn a year on average, chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced.

  • Spending Review: £2.9bn 'restart programme' to help unemployed

    25 November 2020

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a three-year £2.9bn ‘restart programme’ to help more than one million people unemployed for more than a year find work.

  • Councils key to tackling 'anti-vax mob'

    24 November 2020

    Councils must act quickly to knock down the ‘anti-vax mob’ as the Government puts the sector at the heart of its strategy to tackle coronavirus, a senior public health chief has urged.

  • Councils still hungry for cash despite winter grant scheme

    24 November 2020

    Councils that want to use the new £170m COVID winter grant scheme to stop children going hungry during school holidays may need more cash, the Government has been told.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Stretched councils rumbled over identical financial returns

    23 November 2020

    Councils have been reminded to regularly update their monthly financial returns to Whitehall after stretched teams were caught submitting the same numbers each time.

  • Auditors probe gagging orders

    23 November 2020

    Auditors have delayed signing off Thanet DC’s 2019/20 accounts while they investigate the council’s use of gagging orders in resolving grievances.

  • Gateshead to regain control of housing stock

    20 November 2020

    Senior Gateshead MBC councillors have agreed to bring back housing stock under the council’s control from April after 16 years.

  • Leisure centre collapse warning

    20 November 2020

    Under-pressure leisure centres will go under without further rescue funding on top of the £100m already pledged by the Government, district councils have warned.

  • Crisis-hit Croydon approves action plan

    20 November 2020

    Croydon LBC has approved an action plan to put ‘strong financial management and governance right at the heart of the organisation’.

  • Proportional votes to come to Wales

    19 November 2020

    Proportional voting will be introduced to Welsh council elections for the first time as the franchise is extended to 16- and 17-year olds and foreigners.

  • Council leader steps down amid bullying probe

    18 November 2020

    A council leader at the centre of bullying allegations has resigned from the role, quit the Labour party and stepped down from the authority.

  • Green energy deal 'could be blueprint' for other councils

    18 November 2020

    A £40m green energy deal could provide a blueprint for local authorities seeking to reduce carbon emissions and cut costs, according to the City of London Corporation.

  • Government stop-gap on SEND deficits

    17 November 2020

    Treasurers have welcomed a second government attempt to deal with spiralling special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) deficits but have stressed it is ‘not sustainable’.

  • Sector braced for more Whitehall interventions

    17 November 2020

    Local government is braced for further Whitehall interventions in the wake of ministers launching reviews of two councils within days of each other.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Whitehall warning over ransomware threat

    16 November 2020

    Council chief executives have been warned there is an ‘urgent need’ to take steps to mitigate the threat of a ransomware attack on the sector.  

  • No easy way out

    16 November 2020

    The pandemic is just the latest in a long list of pressures that have pushed Croydon LBC to the edge and led to the publication of  a Section 114 report last week, writes Dan Peters.

  • Councils bid for vaccine role

    16 November 2020

    Councils have made a bid to play a key role in distributing the new coronavirus vaccine.

  • Enfield latest to join London innovation unit

    11 November 2020

    Enfield LBC has become the latest borough to join the London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI), bringing its membership to 20.

  • Counties warn of dramatic frontline cuts

    11 November 2020

    Just one in five County Councils’ Network (CCN) members are confident of agreeing a balanced budget next year without dramatic reductions to frontline services, a new survey has revealed.

  • Croydon issues Section 114 notice

    10 November 2020

    Crisis-hit Croydon LBC has issued a Section 114 notice after extra spending controls proved not to be enough.