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Social mobility in rural English counties is being held back by an outdated and unfair method of funding councils, according to a new report.
English county council spending and cuts to frontline services will amount to £1bn in the next financial year, research has found.
Councils in England have overspent £816m on children's care services in 2017/18, according to official figures.
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.