Budget 2017

Councils to receive £70m for temporary accommodation costs


New changes to the Universal Credit system will prevent councils from losing more than £70m in the money they spend on providing temporary accommodation.

Budget 2017: Local leaders call for more powers to tackle housing crisis


Council chiefs welcomed the Chancellor’s emphasis on housing in yesterday’s Budget, but warned more needs to be done to fix the broken housing market.

Budget 2017: Council chiefs warn against ‘devolution deadlock’


Local government leaders today warned of the dangers of ‘devolution deadlock’ in their response to the Autumn Budget.

Budget 2017: Sector blasts lack of social care funding


More older and disabled people will fail to get the help they need due to a lack of extra funding for social care in yesterday’s Budget announcement, sector experts have warned.

Leisure centres 'old and tired’ due to underfunding, council chiefs warn


The Government will miss a chance to transform the nation’s health if it fails to inject new funding into leisure infrastructure, councils have warned.

Government urged to confirm social care funding is 'new money'


The Government has been urged to confirm the £2bn social care funding announced in yesterday’s Budget is ‘new money’ and not taken from other local government allocations.

Budget 2017: Hammond accused of doing 'bare minimum' to fund social care


Chancellor Philip Hammond has promised additional grant funding of £2bn over the next three years in an attempt to plug England’s social care budget gap.

Budget 2017: New devolution deal for London


Devolution to the capital was given a boost by the Budget, with new powers handed down to London by the Chancellor.

Budget 2017: Hammond announces £435m business rate package


Local authorities will be able to access a £300m fund in order to ease business rate revaluation challenges in their local areas, chancellor Philip Hammond has announced.

Budget 2017: Funding for new wave of free schools


Chancellor Philip Hammond has today confirmed a £320m funding package to build 110 new free schools.

Budget 2017: £500m for infrastructure, technology and training


The chancellor has announced more than £500m for infrastructure, technology and training to ‘start to close’ the productivity gap between Britain and its competitors.

Budget 2017: Councils to bid for £690m congestion fund


Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a major local funding boost to tackle congestion in his first Budget, with a £690m competitive fund for English councils to get local networks moving.

Budget 2017: £2bn social care cash boost for councils


Chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled his final Spring Budget, offering a £2bn cash boost for social care in a bid to rescue councils from the care crisis.

Budget 2017: What should councils look out for?


Chancellor Philip Hammond has already dismissed announcing a ‘spending spree’ in his budget speech tomorrow, but what should local government watch out for?

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It’s now or never for modern democracy

The electoral landscape is now ‘more crowded than ever’, while council resources have been ground down, says Laura Lock – and she warns that professionals do not have limitless capacity.
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