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Councils in flood-hit areas to receive £500 per affected house

13/11/2019
Local authorities in areas that have experienced flooding will be given £500 for each affected house to help with recovery efforts under the recovery scheme.

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Charities use Tampon Tax to fund homelessness services

07/11/2019

Charities for homeless women have been awarded grants totalling £1.85m funded by money collected from VAT on the sale of sanitary products.

Watchdog finds unlawful spending at two councils

06/11/2019

Two councils in Wales have incurred over £290,000 of 'unlawful' expenditure, the Auditor General for Wales has warned.

Business rates reforms will only help richest authorities, report finds

06/11/2019

Two-thirds of councils will see their income fall in real terms by 2025 due business rates reforms, research has found today.

Cost of alternative polling stations to be funded by Whitehall

06/11/2019

Councils will be reimbursed for the cost of finding alternative polling stations in the upcoming General Election.

Councils welcome increase in funeral expenses payments

06/11/2019

Councils leaders hope the increase in funeral expenses payments will help lower the number of public health funerals.

Councils given extra £4m to tackle rogue landlords

05/11/2019

Councils have been awarded an extra £4m in new funding to take action against criminal landlords.

Think tanks calls for public health funding to be linked to NHS budgets

05/11/2019

Public health funding should be linked to increases in the NHS budget, a briefing published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) suggests.

Councils warn about spiralling cost of free school transport

04/11/2019

Councils will be spending £1.2bn on providing free school transport by 2024, new research has found.

Medway trials new way of collecting council tax

01/11/2019

A leading councillor has hailed a trial scheme to deduct council tax directly from earnings as a way to target people who ignore reminder letters and refuse to pay.

Chancellor announces £250m ‘infrastructure revolution’

01/11/2019

More than £250m in funding will be made available to provide infrastructure for thousands of homes, the chancellor has said, in a move condemned as a pre-election ‘publicity stunt’.

Councils receive free childcare funding boost

31/10/2019

Councils offering 15 hours free childcare for disadvantaged two-year-olds will receive an increase in their hourly funding, the Government has confirmed today.

MPs slam 'broken' business rates system

31/10/2019

MPs have urged the Government to reform the 'broken' business rates system and consider alternatives in time for the Spring Statement 2020.

Councils urged to make case for private capital investment

29/10/2019

A new guide has been published to help councils attract private and foreign investment into local areas.

DfT supports long-term funding proposal to tackle ‘plague of potholes’

28/10/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed a Department for Transport commitment to a longer-term funding settlement which could help councils tackle the ‘plague of potholes’ on local roads.

Whitehall launches £400m improvement fund for academies

28/10/2019

Academies and sixth form colleges can now bid for a share of a multi-million pound fund to help improve facilities, the Government has announced.

Council chiefs sceptical of £1.35m parks fund

28/10/2019

Local government leaders call for ‘long-term, sustainable funding’ to support green spaces in response to the Government’s launch of a £1.35m pocket parks fund.

Funding for buses cut by 40% in last decade

25/10/2019

Local authority funding for buses in England has fallen by more than 40% in the past decade, new figures have revealed today.

Youth projects given £12m funding boost

25/10/2019

Youth projects across the country are to be given a £12m boost culture secretary Nicky Morgan has announced.

High street hit as retail employment falls by 85,000

24/10/2019

‘Weak’ consumer demand and ‘Brexit uncertainty’ have been blamed for the decline of the high street as figures reveal thousands of retail jobs have been lost.

Seaside towns dominate top 20 bankruptcy list

22/10/2019

British seaside towns dominate a list of the top 20 places for bankruptcies in the UK.

Small businesses call for ‘radical’ business rates reform

21/10/2019

Representatives of small businesses have written to the chancellor calling on him to introduce business rates reform to help struggling firms.

Council to re-direct £5.5m to 'inadequate' children’s services

18/10/2019

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has approved plans to invest £5.5m into its children’s services following an ‘inadequate’ rating from Ofsted earlier this year.

Council overspends £100k due to ‘poor financial management’

17/10/2019

A town council has been forced to withdraw most the money from its reserves to cover an overspend of £100,000, auditors have revealed.

Recycling and refuse top public’s spending priority list

17/10/2019

Councils should spend more money on rubbish collection and recycling, according to the results of a new poll.

Chanceller urged to scrap inflationary business rate rise

17/10/2019

The chancellor has been urged to scrap an increase in business rates in the Autumn Budget, following warnings it will add more than £536m to the business rates burden.

Cities offered over £875,000 to support innovative climate change solutions

14/10/2019

Europe’s largest public-private partnership has called on cities around the world to join its ‘Climathon Global Awards’ to find new systems level solutions to tackle climate change.

Homelessness crisis costs London councils £200m a year, report reveals

14/10/2019

The homelessness crisis and inadequate funding are costing local authorities in London an estimated £200m every year, the capital’s councils have warned.

Council invests £18m in energy company

14/10/2019

Warrington Borough Council has agreed to invest £18m into a Scotland-based energy company because of its ‘unique industry business model’.

Whitehall announces £250m of culture spending

14/10/2019

The Government has announced £250m of funding for cultural projects, libraries, museums and the creative industries after a decade of cuts.

Cost of B&Bs for homeless people rockets

14/10/2019

Councils are being forced to spend more than £90m a year on placing homeless people in bed and breakfasts, council chiefs have warned.

New financial management code launched

11/10/2019

A new Financial Management Code has been launched to drive improvement in financial management for councils across the UK.

Council pension scheme invests in green fund

11/10/2019

A council pension scheme has become one of the first to invest in a new ‘green’ fund which supports low carbon technology.

Hike in PWLB rate will cost councils £70m a year

11/10/2019

The 1% increase to the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) rate will cost councils £70m a year, town hall chiefs have warned.

Launch of first pooled LGPS property fund

10/10/2019

A new fund that pools the property assets of three public sector pension schemes has been launched.

Public call for more investment in housing benefit

10/10/2019

Three quarters of the public believe that housing benefit should increase in line with rents, according to a new poll published to mark World Homeless Day.

Councils agree to £1m payment to struggling tourism firm

09/10/2019

Council leaders in Yorkshire have agreed to give an embattled tourism agency £1m because closing it down ‘could cost more than £3m’.

Spending on youth services cut 73% in decade

08/10/2019

A new analysis from the Labour Party has revealed that public spending on youth services in England has been reduced by £1bn – or 73% – since 2010.

Millions struggling to pay council tax and household bills, study finds

08/10/2019

Nearly 1.6 million people are falling behind on their council tax payments, new research has revealed.

Towns ‘starved’ of investment, think tank says

08/10/2019

A think tank has warned that towns are ‘starved of the investment they badly need’ as most foreign direct investment goes to the major cities.

Councils urged to apply for funding from £2m air quality pot

04/10/2019

The Government has today announced the latest round of funding to help local authorities improve air quality across England.

Council angered by Hampshire CC’s decision to charge for contaminated recycling

03/10/2019

A local authority in Hampshire is seeking legal advice after the county council announced that it would bill local councils for contaminated recycling.

Climate change targets ‘unlikely to be met’ without funding, council chiefs say

03/10/2019

National climate change targets are ‘unlikely to be met’ unless local authorities are given long-term funding and more powers, council chiefs say.

Mayor announces £90,000 to help homeless veterans

02/10/2019

Homeless veterans in Yorkshire are set to receive more support as the mayor of the Sheffield City Region announces £90,000 for a local homelessness charity.

New road schemes get funding boost

01/10/2019

The Government has announced £100m investment in 18 road schemes to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and speed up journeys to work.

Councils being charged 'shocking' markup on IT products

30/09/2019

Councils are paying almost four times the recommended mark-up on technology products, new analysis has revealed.

Four in five schools will be worse off next year, research finds

30/09/2019

Funding for schools is dwindling in real terms despite the recent announcement of extra cash, according to campaigners.

Javid announces £4.3bn Brexit 'funding guarantee'

30/09/2019

Chancellor Sajid Javid has outlined plans to distribute £4.3bn if the UK leaves the EU without a Brexit deal.

Welsh councils to receive over £400,000 for electric charge points

26/09/2019

Nine local authorities in Wales are set to receive hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding from Whitehall to install electric vehicle charge points.

Core Cities' £28bn Shared Prosperity Fund warning

26/09/2019

The proposed UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) must be worth at least £28bn over seven years if the UK is to deliver its devolved policy objectives, a leading sector body has warned.

Youth service spending set to hit ‘lowest point in a generation’

25/09/2019

The young persons charity YMCA has warned that spending on local youth services is at ‘breaking point’ with a nearly 70% decrease in funding in a decade.

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