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Local authorities are missing out on millions of pounds because of an £870m cash boost to business rate pilot councils, according to a study today from the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) think-tank.
The Government has ordered a review after being forced to admit a second mistake in as many months in the way it calculates council payments.
The Public Accounts Committee has stressed its lack of faith in the Government’s oversight of local enterprise partnerships in a critical report published today.
Local government secretary Sajid Javid has backed a single unitary council for Buckinghamshire.
Key Whitehall departments involved in attempt to bury changes to provisional finance settlement data.
Labour MPs have urged ministers to provide ‘strategic vision’ for local government.
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.
Prime minister Theresa May has confirmed that her government’s renewed focus on housing will be reflected in the title of the Whitehall department that oversees the sector in the post-Grenfell Tower era.
Christchurch Borough Council has warned it could take legal action if the Government forces it to merge with Bournemouth and Poole councils.
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.