Funding

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.

Councils urged to bid for £15m traffic signals cash

09/04/2021

The Department for Transport (DfT) is urging English local authorities outside London to submit expressions of interest for a share of £15m of new funding to repair and upgrade their traffic signals.

Redcar receives £3.7m towards cost of cyber-attack

08/04/2021

The Government has agreed to pay Redcar and Cleveland BC £3.7m in ‘exceptional financial support’ following last year’s ransomware attack.

£31m Hong Kong integration fund launched

08/04/2021

Funding of £30.7m will be provided to councils to support new arrivals from Hong Kong.

Public health funding frozen or cut for 100 councils

06/04/2021

Spending per capita has fallen for 31 authorities and frozen for a further 69 after new spending commitments are taken into account.

Levelling up fund faces legal challenge

06/04/2021

The Government could face legal action over its ‘troublingly opaque’ allocation of the Levelling Up Fund.

Government announces £2.4m to support charities during pandemic

31/03/2021

The Government has announced £2.4m of funding for thirteen charities that help autistic people, disabled people and those with a learning disability.

Get aboard zero-emission bus scheme, DfT says

30/03/2021

The Government has launched its £120m fund scheme to help local transport authorities in England roll out zero-emission buses.

Hancock announces £500m for mental health services

29/03/2021

People with mental health difficulties will benefit from expanded mental health services backed by £500m, the Government announced today.

Local areas to receive £150m to trial flooding responses

29/03/2021

Twenty-five areas across England have been selected to receive a share of a £150m fund to develop new flooding responses.

Funding for addiction services slashed by £26m

29/03/2021

Doctors have called on the Government to invest £43m into youth addiction services to prevent lifelong addiction.

Next phase of Supporting Families programme launched with £165m

26/03/2021

Local authority leaders have welcomed the next phase of the Government’s programme to support vulnerable families which has been launched with £165m behind it.

Levelling up funding is 'poorly targeted' report warns

25/03/2021

There are 6.5 million people living in deprived local authorities that will not be helped by the Government's levelling up funding, new analysis has revealed.

Local authorities allocated £100m leisure recovery fund

22/03/2021

The Government has allocated £100m funding to 266 local authorities across England to help leisure centres prepare to re-open safely.

Jenrick announces £212m pot to tackle rough sleeping

18/03/2021

Councils have been invited to bid for a share of a multi-million-pound fund aimed at providing people sleeping rough with secure, long-term accommodation.

COVID initiative exposes true extent of rough sleeping crisis

17/03/2021

MPs criticise Government’s homelessness strategy after report reveals COVID initiative has housed nine times official estimate of people sleeping rough.

Councils secure £2.9m emergency tree fund

11/03/2021

The Woodland Trust has awarded 11 local authorities £2.9m to plant trees and create green spaces.

Councils share £5m in Air Quality Grants

10/03/2021

A further £5m has been awarded to local authorities across England to deliver projects that tackle air pollution.

Home secretary announces £23m to tackle exploitation of young people

08/03/2021

A children’s charity has called for a national strategy to provide help for children at risk of exploitation rather than a strategy focusing on ‘hot spots’.

MPs launch inquiry into adult social care funding

05/03/2021

An investigation into the long-term consequences of COVID-19 on adult social care will be conducted by MPs.

Welsh public services receive £682m cash boost

02/03/2021

Wales’ public services will receive a cash boost of more than £682m to support their COVID efforts over the coming months, the Welsh government has said.

MPs call for review of local authority flood funding

26/02/2021

The Government needs a better understanding on whether funding allocated to local authorities to prevent flooding is matching local risks, MPs have warned today.

SME builders given £250m boost to diversify housing market

16/02/2021

Small and medium-sized builders are now able to access construction loans of between £1m and £10m from a new fund, the Government’s housing delivery agency has announced.

How local authorities can deliver bang for buck with on-street EV charging

12/02/2021

Neil Isaacson warns the cost of rolling out enough on-street electric vehicle charge points will cost up to £10bn by 2030.

Councils allocated £125m domestic abuse funding

12/02/2021

Councils have been allocated their share of £125m to fund the new duty to support domestic violence victims.

Four councils get emergency bail out deal from Government

11/02/2021

Four councils that are unable to balance their budgets will receive emergency funding from the Government.

Social care should remain delivered by councils, says new report

10/02/2021

Tens of thousands of people could live more independent lives if councils keep hold of social care under government plans to overhaul health services, a new report has insisted.

MPs accuse Government of lacking clear flood-resilience targets

08/02/2021

Local authority leaders have welcomed a call from MPs urging the Government to provide councils with the resources they need to protect vulnerable communities from flooding.

Councils face funding shortfall for self-isolation schemes

03/02/2021

Funding for council schemes supporting people forced to self-isolate due to COVID-19 do not go far enough, according to new research.

Government announces £93m investment for road upgrades

01/02/2021

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed £93m for three major road upgrade schemes across the country, including two schemes funded as part of the major road network (MRN).

New £40m fund launched to support victims of abuse

01/02/2021

The Government has launched a £40m fund to help victims of rape and domestic abuse during the pandemic.

Local authorities to play key role in checking imported animal products

27/01/2021

Local authorities have received £14m funding to carry out new checks on imported animal products from the EU.

Sport England unlocks additional £50m for grassroots sport

26/01/2021

Sport England has announced it will invest £50m to help grassroots sport and physical activity recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Labour to force vote over council tax rise

22/01/2021

Labour will force a vote in the House of Commons to stop government plans to force councils to raise council tax by 5%.

Council chiefs welcome £120m boost to social care workforce

18/01/2021

Local authority leaders have welcomed a multi-million-pound funding boost from the Government which is aimed at supporting the social care workforce.

COVID-19 reveals scale of rough sleeping ‘far exceeds’ previous estimates

14/01/2021

The scale of the rough sleeping population in England ‘far exceeds’ the Government’s previous estimates and has been made clear during the pandemic.

Scottish councils call for fair funding to avoid 'damaging consequences'

12/01/2021

Council leaders in Scotland have called for an end of small ring-fenced pots of funding and no cap on council tax in this year’s Budget.

Starmer demands halt to ‘absurd’ council tax rises

11/01/2021

Labour leader Keir Starmer has called for central government to increase funding for local authorities to prevent council tax hikes.

Expansion of Dormant Assets Scheme to potentially raise £800m

11/01/2021

The Government has announced that dormant assets are set to be unlocked, with the potential for more than £800m to be made available to support the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Local authorities can lead green agenda by taking advantage of government incentives

11/01/2021

With the right support, UK local authorities can lead the charge on introducing new energy efficiency measures – but tapping into government funding is key, explains Dr Tanja Groth.

Council chiefs welcome £4.6bn in lockdown grants to support businesses

05/01/2021

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000 to support them during the lockdown, the chancellor has announced.

Councils welcome announcement of third national lockdown

05/01/2021

Councils have urged residents to follow the guidelines for the third national lockdown in a bid to stop the continued spread of coronavirus.

Hancock announces £149m grant to fund COVID-19 testing in care homes

24/12/2020

Care homes across the country are to be given access to a £149m grant to support the roll out of rapid coronavirus testing.

Government launches £7.5m loneliness package

23/12/2020

The Government has announced a £7.5m funding package to help tackle loneliness during the winter period.

Invest in local digital champions, council chiefs say

22/12/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to fund local digital champions to support the broadband roll-out.

Councils anticipate ‘permanent closure’ of childcare providers

22/12/2020

Over half of local authorities in England anticipate the permanent closure of childcare providers after COVID funding ends, a childcare charity has found.

Council chiefs call for funds to support businesses in Tier 4 areas

22/12/2020

Local authority leaders have urged the Government to meet all of the extra costs councils incur during the pandemic.

Two-thirds of COVID-19 school costs not met by Government

22/12/2020

Council chiefs have called on the Government to ensure schools are able to pay the costs of the pandemic as report says current funding levels fall short.

Councils’ core funding per resident set to drop below 2015-16 levels

21/12/2020

Local authorities’ core funding per resident will be lower next year than 2015-16 despite real-term council tax increases of 16%, financial experts calculate.

Jenrick announces £310m to tackle homelessness

21/12/2020

Council leaders welcome Government’s funding pledge to tackle homelessness but warn long-term investment is needed rather than ‘one-off emergency response’.

West Midlands Combined Authority wins £51m to transform brownfield sites

21/12/2020

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has won £51m to transform derelict industrial sites into new communities.

Seven councils awarded digital connectivity funding

21/12/2020

Seven councils are set to receive funding from the Local Government Association (LGA) as part of a programme to help boost digital connectivity.

Every local authority gets school funding boost

18/12/2020

The Government has announced a £2.2bn increase in core funding for schools next year in England.

Boost to local test and trace funding

11/12/2020

The increase of up to £200m per month follows criticism from the National Audit Office.

Spending on libraries drops by £20m in past year

04/12/2020

The total spend on British libraries has fallen by nearly £20m in the past financial year, new figures have revealed.

Flood funding for councils may not be enough, watchdog finds

27/11/2020

The Government is unable to prove councils have enough funding for flood defences, a spending watchdog has discovered.

Council chiefs welcome £10m port funding

19/11/2020

Local authority leaders have welcomed a funding boost to port health authorities but warn that ‘many uncertainties’ remain for councils.

Local services need funding to support elderly impacted by COVID-19, council chiefs say

19/11/2020

Council chiefs call on Government to use Spending Review to ensure council-run services are able to look after elderly residents impacted by COVID-19.

‘Forgotten city’ in plea for government aid

17/11/2020

The leader of Hull City Council has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to plead for additional support amid rising COVID-19 cases.

Councils play ‘critical role’ in fighting climate change but lack resources, watchdog says

12/11/2020

Local authorities play ‘critical role’ in improving air quality and the natural environment but they lack the necessary resources and expertise, watchdog says.

Allocation of £3.6bn towns fund appears 'politically motivated', watchdog warns

11/11/2020

The Government has been accused of 'political bias' when allocating funding from its £3.6bn Towns Fund by the public spending watchdog.

Combined authority expansion halted by ‘party politics’

09/11/2020

The expansion of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has stalled after leaders failed to reach an agreement.

Councils welcome £170m COVID winter grant scheme

09/11/2020

A new £170m COVID winter grant scheme will be distributed to councils to stop children going hungry during the second wave of the pandemic.

Councils call for devolution of National Citizen Service funding

06/11/2020

Only one in six eligible young people are taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS), leading to calls for the Government to devolve its funding to local youth services instead.

Chancellor announces new support package for businesses

22/10/2020

The chancellor Rishi Sunak has increased support for workers and jobs hit by tougher COVID-19 restrictions following a barrage of protests from  businesses, particularly those in Tier 2 areas.

Council chiefs welcome proposed £7bn social care investment

22/10/2020

Local government leaders have welcomed a call from MPs for a £7bn annual increase in social care funding as a first step towards fixing the ongoing care crisis.

Jenrick announces allocations for £1bn council funding

22/10/2020

Local government secretary, Robert Jenrick, has confirmed allocations for individual councils from the £1bn of extra funding announced by the prime minister earlier this month.

Counties warn of test and trace ‘missed opportunity’

16/10/2020

Calls for more support for local contact tracing have been redoubled after the national system’s success rate plummeted.

Report calls for fundamental reform to local government funding

15/10/2020

The handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the ‘dysfunctional relationship’ between central and local government, a report has argued today.

Councils call for urgent reversal of early intervention cuts

15/10/2020

The Government must ‘urgently’ reverse the £1.7bn early intervention funding cuts in order to avoid families falling into crisis, councils have warned today.

Councils secure £10m to help homeless people this winter

13/10/2020

Councils will receive a new £10m Cold Weather Fund to help rough sleepers stay safe this winter.

Councils receive extra funding to prepare for new domestic abuse duty

06/10/2020

Councils have been awarded an extra £6m to help prepare for the introduction of the Domestic Abuse Bill next April.

Fragmented council funding risks to value for money, report warns

05/10/2020

The increasing fragmentation in council funding ‘undermines central government’s understanding of service delivery’ and ‘risks impeding value for money,’ a report has warned.

Councils key to levelling up agenda, says report

02/10/2020

Local government must have adequate funding to level-up deprived English towns, according to new research.

Transport group warns of ‘rapid and deep cut’ in bus services

24/09/2020

A consultancy group has warned there could be a reduction of bus services of between 30% and 40% if financial support is withdrawn from transport services.

Councils face £3bn COVID-19 funding gap

22/09/2020

Financial pressures within local government will outstrip additional funding by around £3.1bn this year, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found.

Welsh sport and leisure sector welcomes £14m recovery funding

17/09/2020

The Welsh government has announced a £14m funding package to support Wales’ sport and leisure sector during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Holyrood announces £16m for fuel-poor households

17/09/2020

Fuel-poor households in Scotland are to benefit from a further £16m investment to improve energy efficiency in their homes, Scottish government announces.

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