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Budget 2021: Failure to fix 'broken' social care system

04/03/2021

The chancellor has faced criticism for failing to address the social care crisis in his Budget yesterday.

Budget 2021: Leeds wins bank as infrastructure cash goes North

03/03/2021

The new National Infrastructure Bank will be based in Leeds, the chancellor revealed alongside other Budget announcements badged under the Government’s ‘leveling up’ agenda.

Budget 2021: Eight new freeport sites named

03/03/2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak closed his Budget speech today with a commitment to eight new 'freeport' sites - international gateways set to enjoy a raft of tax breaks from later this year.

Budget 2021: OBR highlights post-war peak in public spending

03/03/2021

Total public spending is expected to rise by £256bn or 29% in 2020/21, the largest increase on record and the largest percentage rise since just after the oil price shock in 1974/75 according to the Office for Budget Responsibility.

Budget 2021: Sunak vows to do 'whatever it takes' to help businesses

03/03/2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has vowed to ‘do whatever it takes’ to support businesses as the country looks to a post-coronavirus future.

Budget 2021: Sunak warns of pain to come

03/03/2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a budget to protect ‘livelihood and jobs’ – with a warning of public finance pain to come.

Budget 2021: Furlough scheme extended until autumn

03/03/2021

The chancellor has extended the furlough scheme and announced further funding for apprenticeships in a bid to soften the impact of COVID-19 on jobs.

Budget 2021: Chancellor confirms £4.8bn ‘levelling up fund’

03/03/2021

Rishi Sunak has confirmed that the first round of the £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund will be available to local areas to help tackle regional inequalities.

Budget 2021: Sunak freezes VAT rate to support hospitality and tourism

03/03/2021

Support for hospitality and tourism businesses was underpinned in the Budget by a freezing of the current 5% rate of VAT for another six months until the end of September.

Budget 2021: Stamp duty holiday extended and new mortgage guarantee scheme

03/03/2021

The chancellor has extended the stamp duty holiday and created a new mortgage guarantee scheme for people who can’t afford a big deposit to help boost the housing market in his Budget.

Budget 2021: Universal credit boost extended for six months

03/03/2021

The £20 uplift to Universal Credit has been extended for a further six months, the chancellor has confirmed in his Budget today.

BUDGET 2021: Sunak's lifeline for workers and business

03/03/2021

Rishi Sunak’s Budget is expected to provide a lifeline for workers as the furlough scheme is extended to September while the universal credit £20 uplift could also be prolonged for six months.

Calls to use Budget to tackle 'rent debt crisis'

18/02/2021

The chancellor has been warned that homelessness will increase if he fails to tackle the rent debt crisis in the upcoming Budget.

Four councils get emergency bail out deal from Government

11/02/2021

Four councils that are unable to balance their budgets will receive emergency funding from the Government.

Coronavirus leads to scrapping of three-year Spending Review

21/10/2020

Plans to create a three-year settlement for public spending have been abandoned as latest figures show the havoc coronavirus is wreaking on the public finances.

Oldham Council asks staff to consider ‘voluntary redundancy’

21/08/2020

Oldham Council have announced that they are asking staff to consider voluntary redundancy in order to help the authority close a £30m funding gap.

Nottingham Council to cut more than 150 jobs

22/07/2020

Nottingham City Council has announced 154 jobs will be lost as part of emergency plans to save an additional £12.5m.

Leeds council concerned £200m of Covid costs will lead to cuts

17/06/2020

The leader of Leeds City Council has called for urgent Government support as the costs of coronavirus in the city approaches £200m.

Council chiefs call for action to resolve £6bn Covid-19 crisis

16/06/2020

Local authority leaders have urged the Government to provide detailed plans on how to ensure the financial stability of cash-strapped councils.

Council planning powers under threat

08/06/2020

Planning powers could be shifted from local authorities to development corporations as part of an economic stimulus package to be announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson later this month.

£3bn bed blocking coronavirus cash injection

19/03/2020

Almost £3bn of the Government’s £5bn Covid-19 funding will go towards freeing up at least 15,000 English hospital beds by the end of next week, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.

Budget 2020: Sunak reveals spending spree for first budget

11/03/2020

New chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a Budget to end austerity, boost productivity and tackle the problems created by coronavirus.  

Budget 2020: Flood-hit areas to share £200m defence fund

11/03/2020

The money will go to 25 areas based on criteria including repeated flooding.

Budget 2020: New West Yorkshire mayor announced

11/03/2020

A new directly-elected West Yorkshire mayor has been announced with the Government signing a new devolution deal amid plans to ‘level up’ the UK economy.

Budget 2020: 'Record’ £5bn broadband investment for hardest to reach areas

11/03/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announced in the Budget a ‘record’ £5bn investment to get gigabit-capable broadband into the hardest to reach parts of the UK.

Councils report 'huge overspends' on social care

04/03/2020

More than eight out of ten councils overspent on children's social care last year, with nearly half (47%) spending more than their adult social care budget, new figures have shown.

Scottish councils warn budget will 'devastate communities'

18/02/2020

Councils in Scotland have warned that efforts to tackle child poverty, climate change or deliver inclusive growth are at risk under the draft budget.

Urban councils call for fiscal devolution to end ‘Whitehall hand-outs’

10/02/2020

Urban authorities have joined forces to urge the Government to devolve power to cities in order to support them in ‘levelling up’ growth across the country.

Councils welcome early Budget for Scotland

14/01/2020

Council leaders in Scotland have welcomed the news of an early Scottish Budget to provide certainty for public services.

Councils still being held back from building more homes finds report

07/01/2020

Local authorities are still being held back from providing more homes, a new report examining the future for council housing has argued.

Javid pledges ‘decade of renewal’ in next Budget

07/01/2020

The chancellor has pledged to use his first Budget to ‘unleash’ Britain’s potential and usher in a ‘decade of renewal’.

Oxford CC publishes £19m climate emergency budget

17/12/2019

Oxford City Council has outlined a £19m climate emergency budget to help the authority become a zero carbon council in 2020.

Public spending still lower than pre-recession, says IFS

07/11/2019

Planned hikes in public spending would still leave spending in 2020-21 3% lower than it was in 2010-11, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Javid confirms date of ‘fast-tracked’ Spending Round

28/08/2019

Chancellor Sajid Javid has confirmed the date of the fast-tracked Spending Round announced earlier this month.

Councils exceed children’s social care budget by £800m

27/08/2019

Funding shortages and demand pressures forced local authorities to overspend on their children’s social care budgets by nearly £800m last year, LGA warns.

Adult education budget devolved to six combined authorities

01/08/2019

Six mayoral combined authorities and the GLA will be responsible for the adult education budget in their areas from today, the Government has announced.

‘Well-run’ council faces £15m budget gap

10/07/2019

A council claiming to be one of the best-managed in the country has warned it must have more Government money if it is to provide a 'decent level of services'.

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.

Birmingham to axe over 1,000 jobs due to ‘brutal’ Whitehall cuts

27/02/2019

Britain's biggest council says it is facing 'the most challenging period its history' after announcing a further round of huge cuts in its workforce.

Northamptonshire approves 4.99% council tax rise

22/02/2019

Northamptonshire County Council has taken advantage of special freedom to increase council tax by 4.99% without needing to hold a referendum.

MHCLG to make 'compelling case' for more funding

13/02/2019

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.

Scottish council to cut 150 jobs

08/02/2019

Aberdeenshire Council is considering cutting up to 150 jobs over the next year in a bid to make savings.

Northamptonshire budget process a ‘rollercoaster’

07/02/2019

The chief executive of Northamptonshire CC said the council’s budget was prepared with the speed of a rollercoaster.

Scottish council chiefs ‘disappointed’ by Holyrood cuts

13/12/2018

Council chiefs in Scotland are ‘disappointed’ that the value of local services was not recognised by the Scottish government in yesterday’s budget.

Council reduces workforce by 138 to balance budget

26/11/2018

Over 130 Bath and North East Somerset Council workers have been made redundant at a cost to the council of £4.75m.

Budget 2018: Hammond praises local government

29/10/2018

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.

Budget 2018: £800m cash injection for social care

29/10/2018

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.

Budget 2018: Google and Amazon to be hit by new tax

29/10/2018

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.

Budget 2018: Cash for care could be swallowed up by rates relief

28/10/2018

Chancellor Phillip Hammond is expected to announce nearly a billion pounds for social care in an austerity-busting budget later today.

Surge in child protection plans pushing services to ‘tipping point’

25/10/2018

Children’s services are approaching the point of crisis following a jump in demand, the Local Government Association (LGA) has 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.

Northants confirms £65m cuts package

10/10/2018

Crisis-hit Northamptonshire County Council has confirmed a £65m cuts package aimed at tackling a huge shortfall in its finances.

Up to 130 jobs at risk at Somerset Council

04/09/2018

Staff will be forced to take two days unpaid leave, up to 130 jobs could be lost, winter gritting will be cut and a park-and-ride service suspended under a package of proposals by Somerset County Council to save £13m.

Equal pay claims will put 'unprecedented' pressure on council, warns watchdog

23/08/2018

The cost of resolving equal pay claims could put 'unprecedented financial pressure' on council services in Glasgow, the spending watchdog has warned.

Northamptonshire CC plan to save £70m ‘very tall order’

10/08/2018

Northamptonshire CC may face serious hurdles making savings by renegotiating contracts with third-party suppliers, public sector procurement expert warns.

Fresh finance warning for Northamptonshire County Council

18/06/2018

Northamptonshire CC’s finance director has issued an early warning the county already risks missing key savings targets that enabled it to agree a legal budget.

Crisis-hit county manages to balance its books

09/05/2018

Northamptonshire County Council has balanced the books for 2017/2018 and end the financial year without using all of its reserves.

Councils need ‘decisive’ leadership to manage budget cuts

05/04/2018

Decisive leadership is needed to ensure council services remain sustainable, the spending watchdog for Scotland has warned.

County at ‘crisis point’ announces revised budget

28/02/2018

Northamptonshire County Council has announced revised budget savings after being warned by auditors to revise its spending plans.

MPs call on Government to ‘take over’ Northamptonshire CC

06/02/2018

Northamptonshire’s MPs have all signed a statement saying they had ‘no confidence’ in the council’s leadership due to its ‘self-inflicted’ financial problems.

Labour accuses Government of 'holding back' local government

29/01/2018

Labour MPs have urged ministers to provide ‘strategic vision’ for local government.

Essex council claims it is on track to become UK's first self-sufficient unitary authority

08/01/2018

Thurrock Council in Essex is claiming be the first local authority of its size to become financially 'self-sufficient'.

LGA attacks 'counter-productive' cut

21/12/2017

A cut to councils’ public health grants has been criticised by the Local Government Association (LGA) for being ‘short-sighted and extremely counter-productive’.

Scots Budget reveals plan to increase income tax bands

14/12/2017

The Scottish Government has unveiled a draft budget which raises income tax in a bid to raise an extra £164m to pay for public services.

Council funding could be cut in half in next two years

11/12/2017

Councils face a 'cliff edge' unless the government provides urgent extra funding, local authorities leaders have warned - with some services disappearing altogether.

Budget 2017: Devolution and housing key planks in speech

22/11/2017

Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget has seen the chancellor unveil a raft of new devolution deals, measures to boost housing and changes to resolve issues with controversial Universal Credit.

Budget 2017: New devo deals for WMCA and North of Tyne

22/11/2017

The chancellor has pledged to ‘back’ the Northern Powerhouse, the Midlands Engine and elected mayors as he announced a pack of new devolution deals.

Budget 2017: £2.6bn for STPs

22/11/2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced £2.6bn for the NHS’ sustainability and transformation partnerships (STP) in today’s Budget.

Budget 2017: Housing Revenue Account cap lifted for some

22/11/2017

The Housing Revenue Account cap will be lifted for councils in ‘high-demand areas’ and stamp duty will be scrapped for most first-time buyers, chancellor Philip Hammond announced in his Budget speech today.

Budget 2017: London to retain all local business rate growth

22/11/2017

London local government will be able to keep all its business rates growth as part of a 100% retention pilot.

Council work highlighted ahead of Budget

21/11/2017

Local authorities have used this year’s 24-hour tweet-a-thon as an opportunity to showcase the huge range of services they provide ahead of a crunch Budget.

Council to cut workforce by 15% by 2020

16/11/2017

Around 300 full-time jobs will be lost at Bath & North East Somerset Council as it tries to find savings of £16m by 2020.

County outlines savings of £27m

15/11/2017

Suffolk County Council is planning to increase council tax for the first time in seven years in its budget for the year ahead.

Six in ten councils make progress on business rates relief

15/11/2017

More than 200 councils have now reissued business rates bills in accordance with the Government’s discretionary relief package, latest figures have shown.

Newcastle warns of 40 potential job cuts

13/11/2017

Newcastle City Council has announced it will have to save more than £13m next year and raise council tax in order to set a balanced budget, leading to the loss of 40 full-time jobs.

Rate rise adds 'insult to injury' for public sector workers

02/11/2017

The Bank of England's interest rate rise adds 'insult to injury' for public sector employees, union chief Dave Prentis has claimed.

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