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Marsham Street has ‘an unacceptable lack of ambition’ for local government – with no aspiration for improving finances beyond merely ‘coping’, according to a scathing Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report.
Labour have pledged to vote against the Local Government Funding Settlement, arguing it fails to recognise the ‘dire situation’ facing councils.
Northamptonshire County Council has been given the freedom to increase council tax by 2% more than other local authorities without holding a referendum, it was announced today.
Whitehall is considering a crackdown on councils that excessively borrow for commercial reasons as it continues to restrict council tax rises.
Today's provisional local government finance settlement has been delayed – just weeks after Whitehall agreed to bring it forward and fix a date.
Nearly 80 council leaders have called for an emergency cash injection to avoid the ‘catastrophic collapse’ of authorities.
Welsh Conservatives have criticised Wales’ government and called on the administration to change next year’s controversial council financial settlement.
Local government finances are sustainable and the collapse of another authority is not expected, the ministry’s top civil servant has insisted.
The Government has agreed to ensure the provisional and final local government finance settlements are published on set dates each year.
The future of the £7bn New Homes Bonus is in doubt, after Treasury ministers revealed they believe the policy has failed.