Business rates system 'past its sell-by date'
The business rates system is out of date, out of touch, unfit for purpose and ‘past its sell-by-date,’ local government leaders told MPs at a Treasury Committee hearing today.
Municipal bond grants launched
Grants to help councils invest in a new type of municipal bond for funding environmentally-friendly, low-carbon infrastructure projects have been launched.
MHCLG failure to recruit chief scientific adviser 'astounding'
An ongoing failure by Marsham Street to recruit a Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) is ‘astounding,’ according to shadow science minister Chi Onwurah.
Council launches internal review after 'scandalous error'
Plymouth City Council has launched an internal review of its voter registration processes after one election candidate accused it of a ‘scandalous error’.
Call for clarity after children's service advice withdrawn
The Government needs to urgently clarify its guidance on the duties of councils regarding vulnerable children and young people, according to the Local Government Association.
Government review into Caerphilly pay row
The Welsh Government is stepping into the long-running dispute over senior council officers’ pay at Caerphilly CBC.
Councillors meet to set up shadow Northants council
Councillors on the new Joint Committee for West Northamptonshire will meet for the first time this evening to discuss setting up one of the two new unitary authorities replacing the county council.
Northants can use capital to plug finance gap, says Brokenshire
Northamptonshire CC will be allowed to use £70m in capital receipts to plug its financial black hole, local government secretary James Brokenshire has ruled.
Council tax hikes across the board in Scotland
All 32 Scottish councils have increased their council tax charges during 2018, as part of a strategy to manage their growing funding gaps, according to a report from the Accounts Commission.
Pay rises to swallow extra £650m for care
Councils hoping that the Chancellor’s Budget promised extra £650m for social care might ease some of the financial pain in the sector will be set in for an unpleasant surprise.
CIPFA probe prompts review of finance in London Borough
Newham LBC is to improve its financial management and capital expenditure processes, after a report by public finance experts CIPFA revealed weaknesses in its financial control.
West Dunbarton Council considers cuts
West Dunbarton Council is mulling over staff job cuts as part of new cost-saving plans, in an attempt to close a growing yearly funding gap totalling more than £54m over the next decade to 2028/29.
Public health progress put at risk by cuts
The Government must restore councils’ public health grants because of their important role in the urgent task of improving public health, according to a report from leading health think tank, The King’s Fund.
Harriss gets top job at Harrow
Harrow LBC has appointed Sean Harriss to be its new chief executive, taking over from interim boss Tom Whiting next year.
Government 'in denial' over cuts impact
The Government is in a ‘state of denial’ over the damage it is doing through cuts to council funding and its policy on welfare reform, according to a United Nations (UN) report.
Colmore hired by Brunel
Bristol-based Brunel Pension Partnership has hired fund administrator Colmore to provide it with back office services to help support its private market portfolios.
Burns faces possible redundancy
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s immediate past president, Andy Burns, is facing possible redundancy from his day job.
Boost for joint venture
Test Valley BC and its joint venture partner Kier Property have let a new commercial building to a major employer.
Documents to detail prevention vision
Council chiefs are keenly awaiting the publication of two key documents for clues as to how the Government’s new focus on prevention will impact them.
EXCLUSIVE: Streeting calls for new Parliamentary campaign
Local Government Association vice-president Wes Streeting has called for a cross-party coalition of MPs to campaign for a major and urgent increase in council funding.