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Scottish councils are managing in the face of cuts and rising demands on services but they ‘face a difficult time ahead’, a financial watchdog has warned.
Local government finances are sustainable and the collapse of another authority is not expected, the ministry’s top civil servant has insisted.
Staff at Shropshire Council have been told they must work from home one day a month as the authority struggles to get a grip on its finances.
Councils in Scotland are pressing for a 2.5% increase in local government funding, saying they have no options left to save money.
Former leader of Northamptonshire County Council has admitted mistakes were made in a PFI deal which has meant up to £2m a year being paid for empty care beds.
Counties across the country are grappling with tighter budgets. Heather Jameson talks to Surrey CC's Joanna Killian about the authority's financial woes.
Surrey CC faces a funding gap of £94m by March 2021 unless it takes drastic action to change its finances, a report by accountancy experts has warned.
Torbay Council has been forced to announce an ‘immediate moratorium’ on all non-urgent expenditure.
An increasing number of councils could be forced to cut services to the legal minimum, financial experts have warned.
East Sussex CC has warned it may not even be able to provide basic statutory services in less than three years unless the government provides extra help.