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New online tool to help councils calculate carbon footprint launched

23/09/2019
Climate scientists have developed an online tool that can help local authorities calculate their carbon budget and cut down on emissions.

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Market to close after trading for nearly 800 years

18/09/2019

Rochdale’s outdoor market and indoor food hall are to close next month because they are ‘no longer financially viable’, according to the local council.

Councils consider launch of new regional community bank

13/09/2019

Liverpool City Council is working with Wirral and Preston councils to help drive forward a plan to create an ‘ethical, council-led’ regional community bank.

Cash-strapped councils struggling to support SEND children, auditors warn

11/09/2019

Auditors have warned that councils are coming under growing financial pressure as the demand for supporting school pupils with the greatest needs rises.

High streets see ‘record decline’ in shops as 16 close each day

11/09/2019

High streets have been hit hard this year with a record decline in store numbers being recorded for the first half of 2019.

Whitehall announces over £60m in flood defence funding

11/09/2019

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has announced £62m of funding to help protect communities from floods.

Councils sent 2.6 million debts to bailiffs in just one year, charity reveals

11/09/2019

Councils have substantially increased their use of bailiffs to collect debts over the last two years, a surge driven by a rise in parking debt referrals.

Housing fraud costs councils £16m each year

10/09/2019

People who claim to live alone in order to get a council tax discount cost the local government sector nearly £16m a year, a new study has found.

Whitehall announces £400m for rapid charging points

10/09/2019

The Government has launched a £400m fund to help develop rapid charging infrastructure points for electric vehicles.

Burnham announces £6m for homelessness scheme

09/09/2019

Mayor Andy Burnham has announced a £6m funding package for the second phase of Greater Manchester’s A Bed Every Night scheme.

Local government faces £25bn funding shortfall by 2025

09/09/2019

Local councils will face a £25bn funding gap by 2025 as funding reforms will shrink grants to almost zero, a new report has argued.

100 places chosen to develop new town deals

06/09/2019

Towns across England have been invited to develop proposals for new multi-million pound Town Deals.

Fair Funding Review delayed until next year

05/09/2019

The Fair Funding Review and 75% business rate retention will be delayed until 2020-21.

Spending Round 2019: Chancellor pledges £1.5bn 'down payment' for social care

04/09/2019

Councils will have access to £1.5bn of new funding for social care next year, the chancellor has announced.

Spending Round 19: Javid promises an 'infrastructure revolution'

04/09/2019

Chancellor Sajid Javid used his first Sending Round to call for an 'infrastructure revolution' and promise a national strategy by 'the autumn'.

Spending Round 19: Schools receive £7.1bn funding boost

04/09/2019

School spending will increase by £7.1bn by 2022-23, the chancellor confirmed today.

Chancellor needs an extra £5bn to cover spending promises, says IFS

03/09/2019

The chancellor will need to find an extra £5bn of spending next year to meet the government's recent pledges, the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned.

Office for Veterans’ Affairs given £5m funding boost

03/09/2019

The Government has announced a £5m fund boost to help support military veterans.

Cities make business case for air quality funding

02/09/2019

Leaders of cities with illegal levels of air pollution are calling for the Government to boost spending on air quality, arguing that a fund of £1.5bn could generate up to £6.5bn in returns.

Charity calls for investment in housing benefit to prevent homelessness

02/09/2019

Restoring the Local Housing Allowance benefit to cover the full cost of rents could stop more than 6,000 households being pushed into homelessness, according to campaigners.

Johnson outlines £14bn for schools over three years

02/09/2019

Schools across England are set to receive a £14bn cash boost over the next three years, including £700m for children with special educational needs.

Health charity warns of ‘systematic failure’ in adult social care

30/08/2019

The Government must spend an extra £7.5bn a year by 2023/24 to stabilise and reform adult social care in England, a new report has argued.

Portsmouth’s energy firm sale falls through

29/08/2019

Portsmouth City Council has admitted defeat in its search for a buyer for its energy company.

Scottish councils face up to £59m planning costs

28/08/2019

The Planning Act could cost councils in Scotland up to £59m over the next 10 years in new burdens.

Javid confirms date of ‘fast-tracked’ Spending Round

28/08/2019

Chancellor Sajid Javid has confirmed the date of the fast-tracked Spending Round announced earlier this month.

Councils exceed children’s social care budget by £800m

27/08/2019

Funding shortages and demand pressures forced local authorities to overspend on their children’s social care budgets by nearly £800m last year, LGA warns.

Government increases high street fund to £1bn

27/08/2019

The Government has announced 50 more towns will be eligible to bid for a share of funding to revitalise their high street.

Council reserves increase by £2bn over past year

23/08/2019

Local authorities have been commended for ‘managing their finances well’ after new figures reveal that the sector’s reserve fund has increased by £2bn.

£5.2bn council funding gap is 'underestimate', says LGA

22/08/2019

The Local Government Association (LGA) will argue the sector faces a £5.2bn funding gap in 2020/21 despite believing figure is an underestimate.

Jenrick announces £9m Brexit cash for councils

22/08/2019

The Government has announced £9m to help local areas and major ports prepare for Brexit.

TfN submits £700m proposals for National Roads Fund

21/08/2019

Transport for the North has submitted £700m bids to the National Roads Fund, including 12 schemes for the major road network and four for large local majors.

Council services ‘declining’ due to £5bn funding gap, MPs say

21/08/2019

MPs have accused the Government of being ‘derelict in its duty’ by failing to set out a funding settlement that would ease the pressure on frontline services.

Councils save £100m through sector-led improvements

20/08/2019

Councils have saved more than £100m in the past year by using the Local Government Association’s sector-led improvement (SLI) offer.

County council chiefs urge PM to ‘level up’ funding across country

19/08/2019

More than 30 leaders of England’s county councils have called on the new Government to ‘level up’ investment in all parts of the country.

Javid announces £600m housing infrastructure winners

19/08/2019

Five councils will share £600m of Government funding to support the delivery of up to 50,000 new homes in high demand areas.

Council chiefs call for billions to fix North’s ‘creaking infrastructure’

15/08/2019

Leaders from across the North have today called on the Government to commit to multi-billion pound infrastructure pledges that would boost the region’s economic fortunes.

Council-owned solar farm generates £1.2m for frontline services

14/08/2019

One of the largest local authority owned solar farms in the UK has exceeded expectations and generated more than £1.5m of income in its third year – around £100,000 more than anticipated.

Councils face more funding uncertainty

14/08/2019

‘Indicative numbers’ for the amount councils will receive in 2020/21 will not be published before next month’s Spending Review, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has admitted after it missed a self-imposed deadline.

High street retailers call for reform of ‘broken’ business rates

13/08/2019

Over 50 high street retailers have signed a letter calling on Chancellor Sajid Javid to reform the business rates system.

Areas worst affected by violence awarded £35m

13/08/2019

The 18 areas most affected by serious violence have been awarded £35m by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Government activates emergency funds for flood-hit councils

12/08/2019

The Government has activated an emergency fund for councils affected by flooding.

Funding doubled for on-street electric car charging

12/08/2019

Local authorities will have access to an extra £2.5m to install chargepoints on residential streets.

Chancellor announces fast-tracked Spending Review

09/08/2019

The Government will rush through a one-year Spending Round to help prepare for Brexit.

Welsh councils warn of ‘financial tipping point’ due to cuts

08/08/2019

Six North Wales council leaders have written to the Welsh government warning them that without a change to the way local government is funded, there will be ‘substantial cuts’ to front line services.

Three UK cities up for European Capital of Innovation 2019

07/08/2019

Three UK cities have made the shortlist for receiving the title of European Capital of Innovation 2019.

Majority of top 1% of earners in South East, study reveals

06/08/2019

More than half of the top 1% of earners in this country live in London and the South East, new research has revealed.

Two Black Country stations to reopen thanks to £10m grant

06/08/2019

Two stations are to be reopened in the Black Country thanks to a £10m Government grant after being closed for nearly half a century.

Whitehall commits £20m to help councils prepare for Brexit

05/08/2019

Council chiefs have welcomed the Government’s announcement that £20m will be made available to help with Brexit preparations, but warned there are still ‘information gaps’ relating to the UK’s exit from the EU.

Whitehall urged to develop £10bn ‘regeneration strategy’

02/08/2019

The Government should develop a £10bn ‘national regeneration strategy’ to help boost towns and cities across the North and Midlands, a new study says.

Adult education budget devolved to six combined authorities

01/08/2019

Six mayoral combined authorities and the GLA will be responsible for the adult education budget in their areas from today, the Government has announced.

Chancellor announces £2.1bn to prepare for ‘no-deal’ Brexit

01/08/2019

Sajid Javid has announced a £2.1bn cash boost in order to prepare the UK for a no-deal Brexit.

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Fair funding delay

The delay to the fair funding review can only add to anxiety over the future of local government, says Mark Whitehead
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