Funding

Cornwall plans to cut 400 jobs

03/12/2021

The cuts are part of plans to save £55m in order to balance the council’s budget in 2022-23.

Social care White Paper ‘set up to fail’

01/12/2021

The local government sector has praised the ambition of the long-awaited adult social care reform White Paper, but warned it will not succeed without funding to meet current demand.

Government allocates £11m to develop brownfield sites

30/11/2021

The Government has allocated £11m to help local authorities develop brownfield land into good quality housing.

Councils urged to invest in public toilets

30/11/2021

The majority of UK adults want more investment from local councils to ensure that public toilets are clean and safe, a new survey has revealed.

Funding allocated to plant hundreds of thousands of trees

29/11/2021

Over £12m funding has been allocated to plant hundreds of thousands of trees across England.

Transfer scheme for asylum children made mandatory

23/11/2021

Councils will have to take in asylum-seeking children as the national transfer scheme is made mandatory.

Government launches £7m volunteering fund

22/11/2021

The Government has launched a £7m fund to help people access more volunteering opportunities across a range of sectors including the arts and sport.

Many of the poorest pensioners will face 'catastrophic' care costs

18/11/2021

Many of the poorest pensioners will pay the same for their care as richer people after the Government released more details of the new cap on home and care costs.

Councils warn investment in bus services is vital to meet climate targets

10/11/2021

The Government must fully fund the concessionary bus fares scheme if councils are to decarbonise fleets, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

LEP 'at risk' over funding uncertainty

08/11/2021

The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has warned it has reached 'crisis point' after only receiving half the funds promised from the Government so far this year.

Local government needs £68bn to become net zero, report finds

08/11/2021

Local government will need an up-front investment of £68bn from Government in order to become net zero by 2035, according to a new report.

Government allocates £200m Community Renewal Funding

04/11/2021

The Government has announced which projects will receive a share of the £200m Community Renewal Funding, and has given local authorities extra time to spend the money.

LGA seeks urgent clarity on Community Renewal Fund

01/11/2021

Councils have urged the Government to give them more time to spend the Community Renewal Fund, after the announcement on successful projects has been delayed.

Councils urged to bid for new £6m woodland fund

01/11/2021

Local authorities are being urged to bid for a new £6m fund to create new woodland and improve access to nature.

Spending Review conceals local road cuts

29/10/2021

Road maintenance funding for councils not receiving settlements through combined authorities appears to be facing a cut of around £200m over three years following the Spending Review - more if you add inflation.

Government must engage with councils on climate action

29/10/2021

MPs have called for the Government to ‘immediately’ begin working with councils on setting out their role in reducing carbon emissions.

Budget 2021: Chancellor unveils Shared Prosperity Fund

27/10/2021

The chancellor Rishi Sunak has revealed the first details of the long-awaited UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

Budget 2021: Social care 'left out in cold'

27/10/2021

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak is facing accusations he has left social care ‘out in the cold’ following his Autumn Budget speech.

Budget 2021: More money for youth services and 'family hubs'

27/10/2021

A £560m cash injection for youth services and the funding of ‘family hubs’ in England to support children and parents have been confirmed in today’s Budget.

Council spending on museums falls by more than a quarter in past decade

27/10/2021

Local authority spending on museums and galleries has fallen by 27% in the past decade, new analysis has found.

Government announces nearly £4bn to decarbonise buildings

19/10/2021

Nearly £4bn of new funding is now available to help local authorities and private home owners install more efficient, low carbon heating systems.

Bexley withdraws capitalisation request

13/10/2021

The council said ‘sound financial planning’ meant it would not need the extra funds to balance its books.

MPs call for post-COVID recovery strategy for new parents

07/10/2021

MPs have called on Government to publish a COVID-19 recovery strategy for new parents which should include a fund to help councils arrange in-person visits.

Tennis courts in deprived areas to receive £30m investment

04/10/2021

The Government has announced a £30m package to refurbish thousands of public tennis courts in deprived parts of UK.

Javid announces £388m to protect care sector over winter

01/10/2021

The Government has announced an extra £388.3m to help prevent infections and provide testing in the care sector.

Councils to distribute new £500m fund to most vulnerable

30/09/2021

Councils in England will receive £500m to help support vulnerable households pay for daily essentials.

£10m for family support programmes to prevent violence

27/09/2021

Local authorities have been urged to apply for a £10m fund to find out how family support can help prevent violence.

Government advisers press for funding overhaul

22/09/2021

The body charged with advising ministers on infrastructure has said competitive funding pots should be replaced.

Energy Efficient Retrofitting – New Funding Opportunities and Support Available for Local Authorities

21/09/2021

Effective Energy Group is the leading Retrofit Energy Efficiency Solutions Provider in England with 10+ years’ experience of delivering retrofit projects.

Councils able to bid for £20,000 to support housing delivery

21/09/2021

Local authorities are from today able to put a bid in to receive support from the Local Government Association (LGA) to help them tackle the housing shortage.

Commission calls for shift of focus in levelling up

20/09/2021

The Commission into Prosperity and Community Placemaking has concluded investment should be made in local neighbourhoods rather than grand infrastructure projects.

Council chiefs share ‘Everyone In’ lessons

09/09/2021

Funding commitments and improvements to social housing are two areas that council leaders think need more attention if rough sleeping is to be eliminated.

Government called on to help councils resettle Afghan refugees

08/09/2021

Afghan refugees have been placed in council areas without the local authorities being informed or given the necessary support, a refugee charity has warned.

Schools forced to make cuts due to Government’s ‘failure to invest’

08/09/2021

School leaders have warned that school children are suffering from chronic underfunding by the Government.

Council signs £67m deal to deliver affordable housing

01/09/2021

An insurer of benefit pension funds has completed a multi-million-pound deal with the London Borough of Bromley to help deliver affordable housing.

Government commits £5m to help councils resettle Afghan refugees

01/09/2021

Local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland will receive £5m to help fund the resettlement of refugees who are fleeing the Taliban.

Chewing gum producers invest £10m to reduce gum litter

31/08/2021

Major chewing gum producers have signed up to a new multi-million-pound partnership to remove gum litter from the high streets.

Jenrick announces nearly £9bn housing boost

31/08/2021

The Government has committed £8.6bn of investment in order to boost the provision of affordable housing across the country.

Over a third of the most deprived areas will not benefit from Levelling Up Fund

25/08/2021

More than a third of England’s most deprived areas will not benefit from the Government’s £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund, according to new Salvation Army research released today.

High Court grants permission for ‘Levelling Up Fund’ legal challenge

24/08/2021

The High Court has granted permission for a legal challenge to the ‘Levelling Up Fund’ after campaigners accused the Government of using the fund for political purposes.

Council chiefs in Scotland welcome £5m play park investment

23/08/2021

Local authority leaders in Scotland have agreed a £5m investment package with Holyrood in order to modernise play parks across the country.

Bids open for £160m fund to improve efficiency of social housing

23/08/2021

Social housing providers are being urged to bid for a share of £160m to create warmer, greener and cheaper homes for tenants.

Schools to receive £25m for CO2 monitors

23/08/2021

All state-funded schools are to receive carbon dioxide monitors from September to help tackle COVID-19, the Government has announced.

Calls for more funding as child abuse increases

20/08/2021

Incidents involving death or serious harm to a child have risen in the past year, leading to calls for further funding.

Torbay council leader apologises for Afghan refugee comments

20/08/2021

The leader of Torbay Council has apologised for suggesting that the council would be unable to take in any Afghan refugees because of the housing crisis.

Government announces £20m for Family Hubs

19/08/2021

Vulnerable families will benefit from a multi-million-pound investment to improve access to early education, health and care services, Government announces.

Up to £20,000 available to support councils with digital inclusion

16/08/2021

Councils could be awarded up to £20,000 each to fund their proposal to advance digital inclusion, digital connectivity, and cyber security.

Type 2 diabetes in children up by nearly 60%

16/08/2021

Council chiefs urged Government to ensure long-term funding for council weight management services as they warned of increase in Type 2 diabetes in children.

Extra £4m to boost community activities for young people

12/08/2021

Government will invest £2m into the #iwill Fund, which will be matched by The National Lottery Community Fund, to create new community activities for youth.

Call to invest £600m to avoid 'bed blocking' this winter

06/08/2021

Council and health leaders are calling for £600m to free up thousands of hospital beds this winter.

Sports funding essential to enable repeat of Team GB’s success, council chiefs say

04/08/2021

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to make the most of Team GB’s success at the Tokyo Olympics by investing in grassroots and community sport facilities.

Rural communities 'overlooked' in levelling-up funding, report finds

04/08/2021

The allocation of levelling up funding is 'overlooking' rural communities, a report has claimed today.

Government launches £7m flexible apprenticeship scheme

03/08/2021

Anyone looking to get experience and training to work in adult social care will now be able benefit from new flexible apprenticeships, the Government says.

Multi-million pound boost to cycling and walking budget

30/07/2021

The Government has announced a £338m funding package to build more cycle lanes and deliver walking schemes to help boost active travel.

Councils concerned about future of childcare

29/07/2021

Local support for children and families during the pandemic has been wide-ranging but there have also been notable local variations, new study reveals.

New funding to tackle racial inequality across Liverpool City Region

27/07/2021

New investment will see 22,000 local authority staff receive race equality training across Liverpool City Region.

Keep up COVID funding to end homelessness, says Kerslake

27/07/2021

Ending homelessness is possible, but the Government needs to keep up funding or face a post-pandemic surge, an independent commission concluded.

Decarbonising your housing stock with heat pumps

23/07/2021

William Eichler reports from the recent Green Housing Forum webinar, looking at the funding available to local authorities to deliver low carbon homes.

Javid launches £75m autism strategy

21/07/2021

The Government today launched a new multi-million pound strategy to help improve the lives of people with autism.

Commission calls for funding re-set for local government

20/07/2021

Local government needs a ‘funding floor’, set at an agreed percentage of national income, a report on the future of the sector has said.

Second round of schools rebuilding programme announced

19/07/2021

A further 50 schools have been confirmed for the second round of the Prime Minister’s rebuilding programme.

Scottish councils to receive £3.2bn housing grant

19/07/2021

Councils in Scotland will receive a 20% uplift in grant funding for affordable homes over the next five years.

PM announces £50m football pitch funding

16/07/2021

The PM has announced a £50m investment in football pitches to help support the wave of interest in the sport inspired by EURO 2020 and Women’s EURO 2022.

Local government funding cuts have ‘cost lives’, study warns

15/07/2021

Cuts in local government funding over recent years have cost lives and reduced life expectancy, academics have warned in a new study.

Reserves used to meet ‘avalanche of need’

14/07/2021

A third of councils have resorted to using reserves to meet adult social care overspends, an extensive survey has found.

Council chiefs urge Government to put children at ‘heart of recovery’

14/07/2021

Local authority leaders have called for a cross-government strategy to ensure that children and young people are at the heart of the post-pandemic recovery.

Right to Buy-back fund launched

13/07/2021

London boroughs are to receive funding to purchase former council homes on the private market.

Committee calls for urgent consultation on UK Shared Prosperity Fund

12/07/2021

Local authorities in Scotland should be consulted on how much funding they will receive under the new UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), MPs have said.

Councils urged to create 10-20 year plans

06/07/2021

Councils with a ‘credible’ local plan will be given extra powers and freedoms, the community secretary said today.

Council chiefs launch campaign to ‘Build Back Local’

06/07/2021

Local authority leaders have insisted that the Government must guarantee long-term investment for local services in order to ensure the country’s economic and social recovery after the pandemic.

Funding formula has shifted money from most deprived schools, watchdog warns

02/07/2021

Funding for deprived schools has shifted towards more wealthier schools, the public spending watchdog has warned today.

Securing government funding: A guide for local authorities

02/07/2021

Nick Huston outlines the five steps local authorities can take to ensure they stand the best chance of securing financial support for delivering warm and sustainable homes.

Levelling up funds risk 'amplifying regional inequalities'

01/07/2021

A new report from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is critical of the current approach of bidding for pots of money.

‘Left behind’ areas receive less targeted funding, research reveals

29/06/2021

England's 'left behind' neighbourhoods receive less than half the charitable grants of other equally deprived places, new research has shown.

Councils receive extra £160m to support struggling families

23/06/2021

Councils will receive an extra £160m to help struggling families with food and utility bills.

More than a thousand school buildings to share £483m investment

23/06/2021

Schools in the North East and North West will receive the biggest share of funding to improve school buildings.

Self-isolation payments 'failing' workers

21/06/2021

Two out of three people applying for self-isolation payments are being rejected, according to new research.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award gets £3.4m boost

14/06/2021

The Department for Education has announced a £3.4m funding boost for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in order to help more young people access volunteering and extra-curricular learning.

Change pothole cash rules to protect riders

09/06/2021

A local government insurer has called for council pothole funding to give greater focus to cycle paths and footways to protect cyclists and e-scooter riders.

Housing investment package worth £30m announced

07/06/2021

Over 160 projects across England have been awarded £30m as part of an investment package the Government hopes will deliver 17,000 new homes.

Free school meals for an extra 90,000 primary pupils in Scotland

07/06/2021

Local authorities in Scotland will be given nearly £50m in new funding to provide free school meals for 90,000 primary pupils.

Councils to set priorities for First Homes scheme

04/06/2021

Councils will be able to set a ‘local connection test’ to give priority to people such as key workers.

Council tax collection deficit hits £500m

27/05/2021

Councils will need ‘additional help from taxpayers’ to balance their books, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy has warned.

Sustainability of Scottish councils 'at risk' without long term financial certainty, watchdog warns

27/05/2021

The financial sustainability of Scottish councils is at risk without a longer-term settlement, the public spending watchdog has warned today.

Schools to lose £118m for poorer pupils, council chiefs warn

21/05/2021

Funding changes this year could see schools in England lose £118m for disadvantaged pupils, council leaders have warned today.

Council criticised for handling of COVID-19 business support

18/05/2021

A north Yorkshire district council has defended itself after criticisms that there was a lack of transparency in the way it administered the discretionary grant scheme designed to help businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Swindon wins again on Eastern Village infrastructure cash

17/05/2021

Swindon BC has scooped another tranche of roads cash for the New Eastern Villages development, with the DfT allocating a further £11.6m to supporting works.

Council chiefs welcome £200m to help rough sleepers

17/05/2021

Local authority leaders have welcomed an announcement that they will receive over £200m to help rough sleepers but called for focus on homelessness prevention.

Council chiefs call for review of SEND system to be completed ‘urgently’

14/05/2021

Council leaders have called on Government to ‘urgently complete’ its review of the SEND system and to ensure councils have funding to support SEND children.

Council chiefs warn lack of social care reform could ‘destabilise’ health care

14/05/2021

Local authority leaders have warned that the absence of a long-term, fully funded plan for social care could destabilise other health and care reforms.

Urban Tree Fund re-opens for third phase

13/05/2021

The Urban Tree Challenge Fund has re-opened for applications to enable 44,000 large trees to be planted in towns and cities.

Queen's Speech: No funding pledge on social care reform

11/05/2021

The Queen’s Speech fell short of including a Social Care Bill and there was no pledge on funding.

‘Wholesale improvements’ required at Slough

10/05/2021

External auditors have issued a scathing report on financial management at Slough BC.

Over 800 charities receive share of £4m fund to tackle loneliness

10/05/2021

More than 840 charities and community groups tackling social isolation have received a share of £4m to tackle loneliness, Government says.

Schools to share £1.8bn for building repairs

27/04/2021

Funding to repair and maintain schools in England has increased by 20% this year to almost £1.8bn.

New £150m ‘Help to Build’ scheme launched

26/04/2021

House builders have welcomed the Government’s ‘Help to Build’ scheme but called on councils to allocate more small sites in their local plans for development.

Children and families need £12.5bn over three years, says new ADCS president

22/04/2021

The growing number of children and families who need support 'to thrive, not just survive in the wake of the pandemic' will need investment of around £12.5bn over three years, says England's new children’s services chief.

Social care reform depends on market overhaul

15/04/2021

Social care reform will ‘fail’ without addressing weaknesses in the provider market, a think-tank has warned.

Coronavirus grant scheme extended with extra £40m

15/04/2021

Council chiefs have welcomed the Government’s decision to extend until June a coronavirus grant scheme providing support to vulnerable households.

Discrimination twice as high among ethnic minorities in local services

12/04/2021

People from ethnic minority backgrounds are twice as likely to face discrimination when using local services, new research has suggested.

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