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Northamptonshire County Council has taken advantage of special freedom to increase council tax by 4.99% without needing to hold a referendum.
Local government minister Rishi Sunak has vowed that his department will ‘make a compelling case’ for more funding ahead of this year’s Spending Review.
Aberdeenshire Council is considering cutting up to 150 jobs over the next year in a bid to make savings.
The chief executive of Northamptonshire CC said the council’s budget was prepared with the speed of a rollercoaster.
Council chiefs in Scotland are ‘disappointed’ that the value of local services was not recognised by the Scottish government in yesterday’s budget.
Over 130 Bath and North East Somerset Council workers have been made redundant at a cost to the council of £4.75m.
In a Budget billed as the end of austerity, chancellor Phillip Hammond praised local government’s contribution to rescuing public finances and doled out cash for adult social care, mental health, high streets and roads.
Social care has been given an £800m boost in today’s Budget after chancellor Philip Hammond said he recognised the ‘immediate pressures’ local authorities were facing.
A new UK digital services tax aimed at giants such as Google and Amazon will be narrowly targeted on UK-generated revenues from April 2020.
Chancellor Phillip Hammond is expected to announce nearly a billion pounds for social care in an austerity-busting budget later today.