Budget 2015

North East drops opposition to explore elected mayor

20/07/2015

The North East Combined Authority (neca) is considering installing an elected mayor in a bid to deliver local devolution, despite previous opposition towards the idea.

Councils and unions push for new Welsh funding deal

10/07/2015

Councils and trade unions have demanded fairer funding for Wales, amid fears of significant job losses and service cutbacks.

Coastal Communities Fund swells with £90m pot

10/07/2015

A £90m funding pot has been offered to seaside towns looking to unlock regeneration, as the Coastal Communities Fund is extended until at least 2020.

Budget 2015: Councils spared further cuts

08/07/2015

The Conservative government has put devolution at the heart of its Summer budget with the announcement of extra powers for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Budget 2015: Osborne cuts benefits cap amid sweeping tax credit reform

08/07/2015

George Osborne has promised to forge a ‘lower welfare, lower tax’ Britain with plans to slash the benefits cap and tighten controls on housing support.

Budget 2015: Osborne clamps down on high earners in social housing

08/07/2015

High earners living in social housing will no longer be entitled to reduced rents, under plans announced in today’s Emergency Budget.

Budget 2015: Government will be 'bold' in building Northern Powerhouse

08/07/2015

Chancellor George Osborne today pledged to ‘put the power into the Northern Powerhouse’ as he announced further devolution to Greater Manchester.

Budget 2015: Osborne announces dedicated Roads Fund

08/07/2015

England will have a dedicated Roads Fund by the end of decade using ring fenced money coming directly from vehicle excise duty (VED) to protect the nation's crumbling highways network, chancellor George Osborne announced today.

Councils and cuts: The changes so far and the challenges ahead

27/03/2015

Andrew Jepp analyses how local authorities have reacted to budget cuts and where responses might change in coming years.

Clegg labels West Yorkshire council leaders ‘sour’

26/03/2015

Nick Clegg has branded West Yorkshire council leaders ‘churlish and sour’ following their disapproval of devolution measures announced last week.

Budget 2015: Government commits to digital collaboration with councils

19/03/2015

A Government vow to collaborate with councils on digital services has been welcomed as ‘vital’ for improving local approaches.

Budget 2015: Fears councils will ‘struggle’ to cope with funding cuts

19/03/2015

Council leaders have attacked yesterday’s Budget announcement for failing to protect funding for local services and limiting devolution to a handful of places.

Budget 2015: Welfare cap fits £21bn savings for Osborne

18/03/2015

The Government’s welfare cap is on track to deliver £21bn savings through changes to benefit payments and reforms to eligibility, the chancellor confirmed today.

Budget 2015: West Yorkshire 'disappointed' by devolution deal

18/03/2015

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed an agreement on a ‘new City Deal’ with the West Yorkshire combined authority in his Budget speech today.

Budget 2015: Osborne launches 20 housing zones

18/03/2015

The Government has revealed plans to introduce 20 new housing zones, which could provide up to 45,000 homes on brownfield sites across the country.

Budget 2015: Councils could keep full fruits of business rates growth

18/03/2015

Local authorities have provisional agreement to keep the full yield of additional business rates growth, chancellor George Osborne announced in today’s Budget.

Budget 2015: Regional transport strategies unveiled

18/03/2015

Chancellor George Osborne announced major transport investment strategies for the North, the South West and London in his Budget today, alongside a range of wider infrastructure boosts.

Budget 2015: Osborne pledges prosperity over austerity

18/03/2015

In a Budget which promised ‘no gimmicks’ in the run up to the General Election, Chancellor George Osborne delivered a speech which promised to take Britain from ‘austerity to prosperity’.

Budget 2015: Osborne promises 'no gimmicks'

18/03/2015

George Osborne will today deliver the final Budget of this Parliament with a speech expected to deliver significant investment in the North.

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Challenging rateable values

Roger Messenger calls on councils to assess their entire property portfolio and identify every business rate exemption or relief they may be entitled to.
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