Budgets and efficiency

Seven out of 10 councils overspend on homelessness

28/01/2020

Seven out of 10 English councils overspent their homelessness budgets in 2018/19 by a combined total of nearly £115m, Local Government Association (LGA) analysis has found.

Reorganisation in Somerset would 'cut waste and save money'

08/01/2020

A single, unitary authority for Somerset would deliver a predicted saving of £35-£47m, according to new research.

Whitehall silence as Gwynne calls for provisional settlement

17/12/2019

Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has called on ministers to publish the provisional finance settlement immediately amid silence on its timing from Whitehall.

Only 5% of council leaders optimistic about Brexit

29/10/2019

Councils are increasingly downbeat about the impact of Brexit, with nearly three quarters (71%) of chiefs expecting it to have a ‘negative’ or ‘very negative’ impact on their local economy.

Universal Credit draining council resources

15/07/2019

Universal Credit (UC) is draining resources from councils, a new survey has found.

Hopes for legislative backing behind new code

24/04/2019

An overhaul of financial management in councils could be enshrined in law, according to a consultation that stakeholders must respond to within days to influence.

Council buys office to generate income

15/04/2019

South Cambridgeshire DC has made a £13m investment in a high-quality office building to generate an initial net return of around 5.6%.

Exclusive: Government must 'step up' on adult social care

28/02/2019

The council ranked the best at delivering most for the money it spends on adult social care has called on the Government to ‘step up’.

Call for tourism tax review

05/02/2019

An inquiry into cultural investment in cities has called for a UK-wide review of the benefits of a tourism tax.

LGA faces financial headache

25/01/2019

Smith Square has acknowledged the financial challenges it faces as it freezes subscriptions while grappling with declining Government grants and a pension scheme deficit.

Watchdog highlights councils' weak financial plans

10/01/2019

The number of public bodies in England with weak financial plans is ‘unacceptably high,’ the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.

Welsh Government gives £24m boost to councils

20/12/2018

Welsh councils will be handed an extra £23.6m in 2019/20 on the condition that they commit to regional working.

Council hits back at 'illegitimate' loan claim

31/10/2018

Newham LBC has denied claims that decisions to enter into controversial high-interest loans were illegitimate.

Finance settlement has 'gravest implications'

09/10/2018

Councils have dismissed today’s Welsh Government’s finance settlement as a ‘bread and butter budget’ in which town halls ‘get the crumbs again’.

Welfare support has 'collapsed' for many in England

19/09/2018

One in six top-tier councils are not providing vital welfare services devolved to them just as the sector’s budget cuts hit hard.

Cash-strapped county faces £94m funding gap

18/09/2018

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.

LEPs told to improve ahead of EU funding changes

06/09/2018

Fresh concerns have emerged about local enterprise partnerships (LEP) as the Government considers whether to use them to funnel UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) cash.

Budget gap doubles at Lewisham

17/07/2018

Lewisham LBC’s budget gap has more than doubled following an ‘unprecedented’ overspend.

Somerset warns of possible Section 114

13/07/2018

Somerset CC has admitted it may have to impose ‘severe spending restrictions’ and an ‘emergency budget’ by issuing a Section 114 notice.

Funding call to end 'postcode lottery' for children's services

11/07/2018

MPs today called for more funds to help end a so-called postcode lottery for children’s services.

Rise in children's services spending

28/06/2018

The amount expected to be spent on children’s social care in 2018/19 is up 6.8% or £542m compared to the figure in 2017/18 budgets, latest figures have shown.

Councils plan largest council tax rise in 13 years

28/03/2018

Council Tax levels will increase by an average of 5.1% across England in 2018/19, the largest rise for 13 years, ministers have confirmed.

EXCLUSIVE: Funding red flags raised

06/02/2018

One in 10 council bosses fear their local authority will not have enough funding to fulfil their statutory duties in 2018/19, an exclusive survey has found today.

County council imposes an emergency spending ban

03/02/2018

Northamptonshire CC’s director of finance has issued a section 114 order, calling a halt to spending at the cash-strapped authority. 

Labour accuses Government of 'holding back' local government

29/01/2018

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

Scottish government under pressure over council pay

22/01/2018

Scotland’s Government is under pressure to reverse planned council budget cuts after MSPs warned ministers created an ‘expectation’ town hall staff would receive pay hikes.

EXCLUSIVE: Finance settlement 'shambles' after provisional data wrong

18/01/2018

The local government finance settlement has descended into a shambles after it emerged allocations in the provisional document were wrong, The MJ can exclusively reveal.

Council tax increase limit raised by Javid

19/12/2017

Councils will be allowed to increase their core council tax by up to 3% in 2018/19 without a referendum, potentially raising an additional £250m.

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.

Participatory budgeting given go ahead in Scotland

30/10/2017

Residents in Scotland will be given a say in how £100m of council funds are to be used after a ‘landmark’ agreement was reached between the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

Managing short-term lets image

Managing short-term lets

Deborah Heather explores the issue of homestay rentals and managing short-term lets within council boundaries.
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