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A union has accused Somerset County Council of ‘financial incompetence’ after the authority proposed staff take two days of unpaid leave.
County councils are warning the basic ‘core offer’ of local services could become the norm unless the Government provides councils with additional resources.
The introduction of an un-costed cap on social care would have ‘catastrophic’ consequences for local services, county council leaders have warned.
Nearly one in five county council leaders are ‘not confident’ they can deliver a balanced budget nest year without extra funding, a new survey has revealed.
County councils should have a larger role in planning to help meet the housing crisis, according to the findings of two reports published today.
County councils have warned they are struggling to fund free school transport schemes as it costs ten times more in county areas than neighbouring cities.
County councils have warned they are in the ‘unsustainable’ position of having to shift schools money towards supporting children with special educational needs to meet statutory duties.
A new study has revealed that over two-thirds of England’s counties have lower than average broadband speeds.
Local government secretary Sajid Javid has backed a single unitary council for Buckinghamshire.
Reorganisation may be part of the future of local government in two–tier counties, but it will only deliver long-term sustainability if it is built around evidence, not short-term fixes, argues James Maker.