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Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has demanded the resignation of his counterpart Sajid Javid after the minister admitted he knew the data behind the provisional finance settlement was wrong.
Local government secretary Sajid Javid has found an additional £166m to ease spending pressures in social care and rural areas in the final 2018/19 settlement.
Labour MPs have urged ministers to provide ‘strategic vision’ for local government.
Whitehall officials rushed out the provisional local government finance settlement days before Christmas despite knowing the figures it was based on were wrong, The MJ has learnt.
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.
Lord Porter looks back to the provisional finance settlement and ahead to the major financial challenges of the new year.
Social care directors have warned delays to operations and hospital admissions will continue without a long-term sustainable funding solution for their sector.
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.
The Scottish Government has unveiled a draft budget which raises income tax in a bid to raise an extra £164m to pay for public services.