Government accused of allocating council funding by ‘political convenience’

Government accused of allocating council funding by ‘political convenience’

The Government has been accused of adjusting financial settlements in favour of the wealthiest authorities by a coalition of urban councils.

Review finds 'insufficient financial controls' enabled £2m council fraud

The conviction for fraud of a former employee of a joint venture set up by Barnet council is a 'textbook example of why outsourcing fails', according to Labour.

Review finds 'insufficient financial controls' enabled £2m council fraud
A false economy

With councils being forced to spend more money on children in crisis, this often comes at the expense of preventative services. Neil Merrick finds out why this is creating a postcode lottery in children's social care.

Payday loans or credit unions?

With councils being urged to provide payday loans to their staff through payroll systems, Mark Whitehead considers if this is a better option than using existing schemes like credit unions.

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