Funding

Charities call for £1bn a year to reverse public health cuts

12/06/2019

Two health charities are calling on the Government to reverse the £1bn a year cuts to public health grants.

Poorest areas could lose billions after Brexit, campaigners warn

11/06/2019

The poorest areas of Britain could lose billions of pounds in post-Brexit funding, campaigners have warned.

Cornwall secures Spaceport funding

05/06/2019

Cornwall is set to be home to Europe’s first 'horizontal launch' spaceport.

Over half of the disease burden in England ‘preventable’

04/06/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed a report which urges the Government to increase investment into initiatives supporting public health.

Platform launches fund to help councils crowdsource for ‘green’ projects

04/06/2019

A finance platform has invited councils to apply for grants to pilot new Community Municipal Bonds for raising finance for 'green' infrastructure projects.

London roads backlog hits £1bn

04/06/2019

The road maintenance backlog in London has hit more than £1bn for the first time, as boroughs concede they are presiding over a state of managed decline.

Sure Start had ‘major benefits’ for disadvantaged children, think tank says

04/06/2019

The twenty-year-old childcare programme has had major health benefits for children in poorer neighbourhoods, a new analysis reveals.

Council leaders welcome Panorama’s ‘powerful’ social care episode

30/05/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed a recent ‘powerful and emotive’ episode of Panorama that shone some light on the adult social care crisis.

England faces £4.4bn care funding gap

29/05/2019

There will be a social care funding gap of £4.4bn in England by 2023/24 unless there is a funding commitment from the Government, a health think tank says.

County council chiefs warn of ‘fragile nature’ of care system

29/05/2019

Councils will need to spend £6.1bn per year more in 2025 on adult social care services compared to what they were spending a decade ago, figures reveal.

Council funding system ‘unsustainable’, financial experts warn

29/05/2019

Spending on local services has fallen over the last decade and the funding available to councils will become ‘inadequate’, according to financial experts.

Ed Sheeran calls for public funding of 'aspiring artists'

29/05/2019

Chart-topping singer songwriter Ed Sheeran has joined industry leaders to warn that home-grown artistic talent could disappear without public funding.

Free social care for the elderly could save NHS £4.5bn a year, think tank says

23/05/2019

The introduction of free social care for everyone over 65 would save the NHS in England £4.5bn a year and help improve care in the community, think tank says.

Closure of public toilets ‘threat to health’, warns report

23/05/2019

The decline in public toilets is a threat to health, mobility, and equality, according to a public health body.

We need a national bus strategy, MPs say

22/05/2019

Bus services are in 'steady decline' due to uncoordinated, fragmented Government policy and local funding, according to influential MPs.

Councils warn of ‘draconian’ cuts to cover £50bn funding gap

22/05/2019

Local authorities have warned that they may be forced to resort to the ‘bare minimum’ of service provision if no extra funding is made available.

£15m project launched to support vulnerable families

22/05/2019

A scheme has been launched to try and keep children with their families instead of being sent into care.

£62m fund to regenerate historic high streets

20/05/2019

The culture secretary has said that a new £62m fund will ‘breathe new life’ into historic high streets across the country.

£3m fund launched to support integration

20/05/2019

The Government today announced 16 projects which will receive £3m of funding to support ‘innovative’ approaches to integration.

Councils ‘in the dark’ over youth service funding

15/05/2019

Local authority leaders have warned that councils ‘remain in the dark’ over youth service funding that helps tackle knife crime and county lines drug dealing.

Sixth form funding declines ‘substantially’, think tank warns

13/05/2019

Education funding for 16 to 19 year olds has ‘declined substantially’ over the last decade, new research has revealed.

Malthouse launches £8.5m to support neighbourhood plans

13/05/2019

Minister of state for housing Kit Malthouse launched a multi-million pound fund at the weekend to help voluntary groups deliver thousands of discounted homes.

Children’s homes face ‘delicate moment’, report reveals

03/05/2019

A report on the state of the children’s homes market has cautioned central and local government to ‘be mindful’ of the consequences of funding cuts.

Adult social care is ‘in crisis’, study reveals

26/04/2019

The current system of adult social care is at 'breaking point', local government leaders have warned.

Council spending on single homeless people falls by £1bn

24/04/2019

Councils have called on the Government to provide more help to tackle homelessness, following figures showing a drop in the amount they spend dealing with it.

Council chiefs call for investment in services young people ‘need’

12/04/2019

Local government leaders have welcomed the Government’s proposed youth charter, but insist investment in local services is what young people ‘want and need’.

Corbyn launches attack on fair funding review

11/04/2019

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has entered the debate over the fair funding review, claiming it ‘will make poorer areas even poorer’.

Over £1m awarded to ‘innovative data projects’

09/04/2019

The winners of a competition designed to find the most innovative data projects out there will receive a share of a £1.5m fund, the Government has announced.

Funding for SEND education ‘nowhere near enough’, think tank says

04/04/2019

Cuts to local government have resulted in funding for children with special educational needs dropping by 17% per pupil, a new study has revealed.

Cash-strapped councils struggle to fulfil homelessness prevention duties

04/04/2019

Over two thirds of councils say they do not have sufficient funding to fulfil their statutory duty to prevent homelessness.

Whitehall slammed for ‘failing’ to help councils prepare for Brexit

03/04/2019

Council chiefs call for powers to be devolved from Brussels to councils post-Brexit after MPs warn of a lack of preparation for a possible exit from the EU.

Domestic abuse services ‘struggling’ due to budget cuts

01/04/2019

Nearly 60% of women accessing domestic abuse support services have children and one in 15 are pregnant, according to a new report.

Grayling launches £200m pothole fund

01/04/2019

Councils in England will be given a share of more than £200m for road maintenance and pothole repairs, transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced.

Councils support nearly 400,000 ‘troubled’ families

29/03/2019

The Government's programme to help families with serious challenges is making good progress, according to communities secretary James Brokenshire.

Councils urge Government to fund sprinkler installations

27/03/2019

Local authorities have called on the Government to fund the installation of sprinklers in high-rise buildings two years after the Grenfell tragedy.

Government announces nearly £400,000 to tackle FGM

27/03/2019

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced £375,000 of funding to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM).

Nearly £4m made available for 'pocket parks'

26/03/2019

Over 40 derelict urban spaces across the country are to benefit from the Government’s multi-million pound pocket park fund.

Government announces £46m to tackle rough sleeping

25/03/2019

The communities secretary has announced that £46m will be made available to help councils get people off the streets and into accommodation.

Whitehall announces £36m to develop coastal communities

25/03/2019

Around 70 coastal projects have been awarded a total of £36m by the Government as part of an effort to attract tourists and create jobs.

Council chiefs criticise £10m ‘brand revamp’ of youth initiative

15/03/2019

Local authority leaders have criticised the Government’s decision to spend £10m on a ‘brand revamp’ of an underused youth initiative.

Youth service funding essential to tackle ‘spate of violence’, council chiefs say

11/03/2019

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to invest more in youth justice grants as part of the effort to tackle knife crime.

Women ‘bear the brunt’ of social care crisis, charity warns

08/03/2019

Women are paying the highest price for the Government’s continued inaction on social care, an elderly persons charity has warned.

MPs launch inquiry into local government finance

06/03/2019

A new inquiry into local government finance will take place ahead of this year's Spending Review.

Council chiefs welcome pothole consultation

06/03/2019

Local government leaders have welcomed a Government consultation on utility firms’ roadworks guarantee, but warned it does not address the repairs backlog.

Council tax rises will not fix ‘chronically underfunded’ care system

06/03/2019

Increases in council tax will fail to fix the ‘chronically underfunded’ social care system, local authority leaders have warned.

Council chiefs call for funds to tackle tooth decay

06/03/2019

Cuts in public health funding must be reversed to tackle tooth decay in children, local government leaders have demanded.

Councils have delivered on public health despite cuts, report reveals

04/03/2019

Local authority delivery of public health is ‘effective, accountable, efficient’ despite losing millions in central Government cuts, data reveals.

Councils paying out £8,800 per cyclist in pothole compensation

04/03/2019

Councils are paying out an average of £8,800 per cyclist in pothole compensation claims, a new investigation has revealed.

Councils forced to sell off thousands of public spaces

04/03/2019

Councils have been forced to sell off more than 12,000 public spaces since 2014, new investigation reveals.

Whitehall accused of bribing MPs with £1.6bn Brexit fund

04/03/2019

MPs have accused the PM of trying to buy their support ahead of a key Brexit vote with the announcement of a £1.6bn fund for deprived areas of the country.

Childcare funding ‘insufficient’, council chiefs warn

28/02/2019

Government funding for nursery school places often fails to cover the costs for those providing the care, local authority leaders have warned.

Birmingham to axe over 1,000 jobs due to ‘brutal’ Whitehall cuts

27/02/2019

Britain's biggest council says it is facing 'the most challenging period its history' after announcing a further round of huge cuts in its workforce.

Council chiefs call for ‘power and control’ over funding after Brexit

27/02/2019

Leaving the EU risks exacerbating regional inequalities, but it also provides an opportunity to rethink the Government’s approach to regional funding.

Scottish Labour blasts new budget for £230m of council cuts

25/02/2019

Scottish Labour have criticised a new budget deal that looks set to cut hundreds of millions of pounds of core funding to local government.

Malthouse announces £6m boost for community-led housing

18/02/2019

The Government has announced a multi-million pound funding boost for community groups looking to build affordable housing in their areas.

Council chiefs insist waste reforms must be ‘fully funded’

18/02/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed plans to ‘overhaul’ the waste system, but cautioned Whitehall that any reforms need to be fully funded.

Brokenshire announces £13m of ‘much-needed’ park funding

18/02/2019

Councils across the country are to benefit from a multi-million pound funding boost to ‘breathe new life’ into green spaces.

Nearly all English councils to increase council tax

14/02/2019

Most councils plan on increasing council tax this year while slashing frontline services due to Government cuts, survey reveals.

Whitehall must fund separate food waste collections, experts say

14/02/2019

Extra Government funding must be provided to speed up separate collections of food waste, the industry body has demanded.

Infrastructure funding must be tied to ‘clean air agenda’, think tank says

14/02/2019

Ministers must use the forthcoming spending review to tie funding for vital public infrastructure to the 'clean air agenda', according to think tank Localis.

Whitehall cuts result in ‘lost generation’ of deaf children

13/02/2019

England’s deaf children are falling a whole grade behind their hearing class mates despite deafness not being a learning disability, a charity has warned.

Whitehall announces £9m boost for garden communities

13/02/2019

The Government has today announced a £9m cash injection to help speed up the building of garden towns and villages across the country.

Underfunding of bus scheme leaves elderly ‘isolated’

11/02/2019

Elderly and vulnerable people could be left isolated because the concessionary bus fares scheme is underfunded, local government leaders have warned.

Around £2bn of clean energy projects ‘stuck’ due to lack of funds

30/01/2019

A ‘temperature check’ survey has identified an estimated £2bn worth of council clean energy projects that are struggling to progress due to underfunding.

Councils need £8.7bn to fund preventative services, survey reveals

29/01/2019

Council leaders estimate that they should be spending almost twice as much on preventative services than is possible after nearly a decade of austerity.

Khan announces £85m to tackle violent crime

25/01/2019

Sadiq Khan has announced he will be using £85m of city hall funding to tackle violent crime.

Whitehall makes £50,000 available for high streets

25/01/2019

Communities across the country can bid for up to £50,000 to help make local areas more attractive for business, the high streets minister has announced.

Coastal landmarks receive £1m in Whitehall funding

23/01/2019

The Government has announced £1m of funding to help restore coastal assets and landmarks to their ‘former glory’.

EXCLUSIVE: No-deal Brexit funding call

23/01/2019

Smith Square has pushed Marsham Street to provide funding for councils to implement their no-deal Brexit plans as Whitehall urges local authorities to act now.

Council chiefs call for more funding to tackle domestic abuse

22/01/2019

Local government leaders say they support Whitehall’s new measures aimed at tackling domestic abuse, but add that they must be fully funded.

Whitehall launches consultation on local funding of flood defences

16/01/2019

The Government today announced that it wishes to ‘begin a conversation’ on increasing local funding for flood and coastal erosion management.

More than a third of councils face financial failure

08/01/2019

More than a third of councils in England are at risk of financial failure in the next decade, with one in five on track to reach breaking point in the next three years, a new analysis has found.

£12m boost for adoptive families

24/12/2018

The Government yesterday announced a £12m funding boost to support adoptive families.

UK’s first Government fund to tackle loneliness launched

24/12/2018

The Government has launched a multi-million pound fund to help tackle loneliness across the country.

What will 2019 bring for local government?

24/12/2018

Turbulent waters lie ahead in 2019, says Mark Whitehead, and councils will need to watch events carefully

NHS to fund council ‘drunk tanks’ over Christmas

21/12/2018

The NHS has announced it will be funding council ‘drunk tanks’ over the Christmas period to ease the pressure on local hospitals.

Whitehall launches £9m holiday programme for disadvantaged children

21/12/2018

The Government today launched a £9m programme to provide disadvantaged children with free meals and activities during the school holidays.

2018 - the year things began to change

21/12/2018

Geed up by a spirit of entrepreneurialism, councils up and down the land were busy exploring new ways to respond to their communities in 2018.

Clinical Commissioning Groups ‘failing to function effectively’

20/12/2018

An inquiry into the role of Clinical Commissioning Groups has been launched after a report warned many were ‘failing to function effectively’.

Council chiefs call for ‘emergency cash’ to support children with special needs

17/12/2018

The Government has announced it will provide £350m to support children with complex needs and disabilities.

Over four million older people do not have access to care services

13/12/2018

A long-term fix to pay for adult social care has been 'kicked into the long grass', local government leaders have warned.

Preventable illness factor in life expectancy slow-down

12/12/2018

Preventable illnesses are one of several factors behind the slowing improvements in life expectancy in England, the national health body warns.

Councils given over £1m for chatbots

10/12/2018

Local authorities will be given almost £1.3m to investigate how digital technology such as chatbots, artificial intelligence and websites can improve services.

Whitehall to cut £85m from public health budget

10/12/2018

Local authorities have warned they are having to make 'difficult decisions' over maintaining public health services.

Council chiefs call for ‘proper resourcing’ to end homelessness

10/12/2018

Investment announced by the Government to end homelessness will help, according to council leaders, but cuts in resources are making it more challenging.

Creative industries to get £20m ‘boost’

07/12/2018

The Government has announced a more than £20m boost to creative industries across England.

Councils slash library budgets by £30m, survey reveals

07/12/2018

The number of libraries across the country has continued to decline as cash-strapped councils reduce their spending on the service, survey reveals.

Unpaid carers in Wales at ‘breaking point’

06/12/2018

More support is needed for unpaid carers who are being 'pushed to breaking point', local government leaders in Wales have warned.

Whitehall announces £1m ‘pocket park’ fund

05/12/2018

Community groups can bid for a share of a £1m fund to help them develop ‘pocket parks’.

Pressure on Scottish councils ‘shows no signs of easing’

29/11/2018

Scottish councils are managing in the face of cuts and rising demands on services but they ‘face a difficult time ahead’, a financial watchdog has warned.

Council chiefs call for funding to ‘step up’ fight against HIV

29/11/2018

Local authority leaders are urging the Government to reverse the £600m of cuts to public health grants to help them ‘step up’ the fight against HIV.

Coastal communities awarded £1m to restore historic landmarks

26/11/2018

Over £1m of Government funding has been awarded to 25 projects to restore coastal landmarks and bring economic growth to seaside communities.

Care sector faces staff shortage of 400,000 over next decade

26/11/2018

The struggling adult social care sector is facing a growing workforce crisis due to chronic low pay and endemic job insecurity, a new report has revealed.

Council chiefs call for national taxation to save care services

14/11/2018

Whitehall must start making the case for increases in national taxation in order to fund struggling adult social care services, local authority chiefs say.

Whitehall confirms £22m for domestic abuse survivors

12/11/2018

Over 60 projects are set to receive a multi-million pound injection of cash in order to help survivors of domestic abuse, the Government has confirmed.

Three quarters of English councils to cut early help for children

07/11/2018

Early help services for children will be cut or reduced by almost three quarters of English councils when Troubled Families funding ends in 2020.

Liverpool mayor calls for ‘fair funding formula’ for councils

29/10/2018

The mayor of Liverpool has called for a Royal Commission to ensure a ‘fair funding formula’ for local council services.

Care providers handing back contracts due to ‘inadequate’ council fees

25/10/2018

Cash-strapped local authorities have been accused of not paying enough to allow private care providers to cover their costs.

Council chiefs warn of ‘detrimental impact’ of nursery cuts

24/10/2018

Local authority leaders have warned that Government plans to cut funding are placing maintained nurseries and support for children with special needs at risk.

Councils sitting on £443m of infrastructure funds

24/10/2018

Local authorities in England and Wales are sitting on £443m that should be invested in local infrastructure, a freedom of information request has revealed.

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