Austerity

Luton forced into unavoidable cuts

17/06/2020

Luton BC’s boss has said the council has done all it can but has no other choice than to cut 365 jobs and frontline services.

Youth service funding cut by 70% over decade

20/01/2020

A whole generation of young people have been ‘robbed’ of youth centres due to cuts, a union has warned.

Campaigners call for more support for council-owned farms

16/12/2019

Campaigners have called on the new Government to stop the sale of council-owned county farms and to ‘give them a new purpose’.

Decade of austerity sees dramatic drop in library spending

06/12/2019

Ten years of cuts to public services has seen a nearly 30% drop in library spending, new research has revealed.

Party commitments on council funding ‘starkly’ different, think tank says

03/12/2019

Money allocated to local government in the Conservative manifesto would not be enough to meet rising costs over the next parliament, think tank says.

Think tank calls for ‘devolution parliament’

20/11/2019

Think tank calls for the delivery of a ‘devolution parliament’ in order to address the economic, environmental and democratic challenges facing the UK.

Shropshire Council warns of £6m overspend

20/11/2019

Shropshire Council has announced a spending freeze until the end of the year after warning that it faced a multi-million pound overspend.

Half of local government workers worry about redundancy as a result of cuts

14/11/2019

Around 50% of local government workers worry that they could be made redundant by technological innovation or Government cuts, a survey has revealed.

Caerphilly council agrees 7% council tax hike

14/11/2019

A county council in Wales has agreed a package of savings proposals which include a council tax increase of nearly 7%.

Food bank use ‘shoots up’ by a quarter in one year

14/11/2019

The number of people using food banks has shot up by nearly a quarter in the last year, according to one of the main providers.

Supporting evidence-based policymaking

17/10/2019

Andrew Carter explains how new guidance will help councils decide what services should be prioritised in the wake of swinging cuts.

Treasury 'wasting money' in funding of local government

17/09/2019

The Treasury is wasting money in its funding of local government and needs to have a more place-based focus, according to a report from the respected Institute for Government (IfG) think-tank.

Welsh ministers call for ‘end of austerity’

30/08/2019

Local government leaders across Wales have joined with ministers to call for an end to austerity.

£5.2bn council funding gap is 'underestimate', says LGA

22/08/2019

The Local Government Association (LGA) will argue the sector faces a £5.2bn funding gap in 2020/21 despite believing figure is an underestimate.

Local government cuts forcing children to grow up in poverty, Labour say

15/07/2019

Millions of children are growing up in poverty because of Whitehall cuts to council funding, Labour says after research reveals extent of childhood poverty.

Next PM has ‘100 days’ to save local government

15/07/2019

A think tank has called on the next Prime Minister to announce a one year emergency local government finance settlement during their first 100 days in office.

UC payment delays should be no more than a week, MPs say

11/07/2019

Two independent MPs have called for Universal Credit payments to begin within a week of registering for the benefit.

Austerity creating ‘crisis of childhood’, charity warns

09/07/2019

Funding cuts mean support has been diverted away from early help services into protecting children at immediate risk of harm, council leaders have warned.

Think tank calls for creation of ‘investment state’

03/07/2019

A think tank has called for an end to austerity and the creation of an ‘investment state’ to help boost economic growth.

Crisis-hit Northants delivers balanced budget with £4.5m underspend

03/07/2019

Northamptonshire County Council yesterday announced it had delivered a balanced budget for this financial year with an underspend of £4.5m.

Spending Review should put aside £3bn for children's services say MPs

30/04/2019

The Government needs to release at least £3bn of non-ring-fenced funding to local authorities to save children’s services from the ‘crisis’ they are in, MPs have said.

Poll reveals ‘rising tide’ of pupil poverty

15/03/2019

A shocking new survey of headteachers has revealed that schools have become an ‘unofficial fourth emergency service’ for poor and vulnerable children.

Austerity is gutting services ‘vital’ to women’s lives, report reveals

07/03/2019

Austerity has hit women the hardest with funding for women’s refuges, social care and youth and children’s services slashed, a new report has found.

Spending Review ‘make or break’ for cash-strapped councils

11/02/2019

Local government leaders have warned the Chancellor that the upcoming Spending Review will ‘make or break’ over-stretched council services.

Nearly £1bn cut from Scottish authorities in past eight years

05/02/2019

Funding cuts are finally beginning to take their toll as Scottish councils can no longer protect services, according to report published today.

Anderson quits Northern Powerhouse Partnership in frustration

10/12/2018

Former chancellor George Osborne has voiced sympathy with Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson’s decision to quit the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

Council's 'core offer' still leaves £33m deficit

05/11/2018

East Sussex CC’s chief executive Becky Shaw has laid out a ‘core offer’ that could risk the council’s ‘ability to meet statutory guidance and deadlines’.

EXCLUSIVE: Chiefs warning to May if austerity not lifted

17/10/2018

More councils face scaling back services to a minimum statutory offer if May reneges on her promise of ‘better times ahead,’ chief executives have warned.

Whitehall must spend £19bn annually to end austerity

16/10/2018

Theresa May’s promise to bring an ‘end to austerity’ is incompatible with the chancellor’s aim of balancing the books by the mid-2020s, financial experts say.

English councils undergoing harshest spending cuts

09/10/2018

English councils have been hit twice as hard by spending cuts compared to their Scottish and Welsh counterparts, according to a study published today.

Unison calls for windfall tax on PFI corporations

19/02/2018

Trade union Unison has backed a Labour MP’s call for a windfall tax on private companies delivering public services.

The end of the local government finance conundrum?

09/01/2018

Mark Whitehead examines why Thurrock Council is focusing on 'financial autonomy' in the wake of austerity.

Council funding cuts restricting access to contraception

03/11/2017

One in three local authorities have reduced or plan to reduce the number of sites delivering contraceptive services in the last two years, FoI request reveals.

Council staff told to take mandatory unpaid leave

02/11/2017

Northamptonshire County Council has told its staff they must take a day’s mandatory unpaid leave as part of an effort to save £2m a month.

Council to axe 420 jobs to close budget gap

24/10/2017

Swindon council may have to axe over 400 jobs as it comes under pressure to close a £30m budget gap.

Don’t ‘abandon’ austerity, free market think tank says

13/07/2017

‘Abandoning austerity is no solution’, says free-market policy think tank amid calls to lift the public sector pay cap.

Council ‘divide’ across UK

18/10/2016

Local authorities across the UK are increasingly divided into the ‘haves and the have nots’, according to a new report.

Whitehall should use Brexit vote to end ‘failed austerity’, union leader urges

13/09/2016

The Government should use Brexit as an opportunity to ‘throw off the shackles of spending cuts’, UNISON general secretary says.

Give local authorities the wherewithal to drive recovery

25/07/2016

Brakes have been applied to the austerity drive. Tiffany Cloynes, head of public services at Geldards LLP, considers what this means for local government.

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