Funding

Councils spend average of £2 per head on cycling infrastructure, study reveals

26/02/2020

Local authorities have spent on average just £2 per head of population per year on cycling infrastructure over the last ten years, new research reveals.

Parents face ‘postcode lottery’ for expensive childcare, survey reveals

26/02/2020

Parents are paying 5% more for childcare for the under-twos than they were one year ago, according to an annual survey of childcare costs.

Think tank launches £3m fund to support community ‘wellbeing’

21/02/2020

A think tank has launched a £3m fund to empower community organisations and the health and care sector to work together to boost community wellbeing.

North disproportionately hit by housing cutbacks - research

19/02/2020

Increased funding and investment in planning skills are required to reverse disproportionate cuts to councils in the north of England, according to research published today.

Funding boost to end ‘postcode lottery’ of domestic abuse support

17/02/2020

Councils across England will share £16.6m funding to help provide services and support to survivors of domestic abuse.

Khan announces over £55m of funding to tackle causes of crime

13/02/2020

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today announced that £55.5m of new funding will be available for tackling the underlying causes of violent crime in the capital.

Councils cannot afford to roll-out anti-HIV drug

12/02/2020

Local authority leaders have warned that cash-strapped councils cannot afford to roll-out the anti-HIV drug PrEP without guarantees it will be fully funded.

Short-term approach to funding urban transport networks ‘inefficient’

12/02/2020

A transport group has warned that the ‘excessive reliance’ on short-term competition funding for transforming urban transport networks is ‘inefficient’.

Councils to receive share of £4.5m to roll out digital social care projects

11/02/2020

Sixteen organisations that provide adult social care services are to receive a share of £4.5m to enable them to roll out digital projects on a wider scale.

Council chiefs call for ‘urgent’ consultation on post-Brexit trade checks

11/02/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to ensure that port authorities have the resources and capacities needed to carry out checks on EU goods.

Ministers announce £5bn cycle and bus fund

11/02/2020

PM pledges £5bn, five-year bus and cycling fund to support simpler fares, thousands of buses, higher service frequencies, and 250 miles of cycle paths.

Top ten funding trends of the decade

04/02/2020

Sarah Perry looks back at the top trends that shaped the funding landscape over the past ten years and predicts how they may influence funders and application processes in the future.

Funding per pupil to ‘increase’, PM says

30/01/2020

Councils will be required by law to make sure every school receives the full amount of the minimum levels of funding pledged for each pupil, PM announces.

Thousands miss out on drug services due to cuts, charity finds

29/01/2020

At least 12,000 people experiencing homelessness missed out on vital drug and alcohol services last year, new research has revealed.

Charity warns funding crisis ‘biggest issue’ facing domestic abuse sector

28/01/2020

Nearly two thirds of refuge referrals were declined last year, a charity for survivors of domestic abuse has discovered.

Boroughs in GP estate devolution call

24/01/2020

London Councils has called for more devolution to boroughs of decisions on the GP estate.

Youth service funding cut by 70% over decade

20/01/2020

A whole generation of young people have been ‘robbed’ of youth centres due to cuts, a union has warned.

Council chiefs call for help with £700m gap in bus fare scheme

20/01/2020

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to help them support bus routes as the distance local buses travel drops to lowest level since mid-1980s.

Council chiefs call for devolution of skills funding

16/01/2020

Six million people in England risk being without a job or in work they are over-qualified for by 2030, council chiefs have warned.

Reorganisation in Somerset would 'cut waste and save money'

08/01/2020

A single, unitary authority for Somerset would deliver a predicted saving of £35-£47m, according to new research.

Whitehall promises £85m ‘culture boost’ after decade of school cuts

03/01/2020

The Government has committed to investing millions of pounds into film, dance, theatre and design lessons and facilities for secondary school children.

Council chiefs welcome £4m ‘rogue landlord’ fund

03/01/2020

Local authorities have welcomed a funding commitment by the Government aimed at cracking down on criminal landlords and letting agents.

Road run-off 'is pollution risk to London rivers'

02/01/2020

Sadiq Khan has called for more Government cash to tackle road run-off after a ‘pioneering’ study found that it is a pollution risk to the capital’s rivers.

Home secretary announces £35m to focus on ‘root causes’ of crime

02/01/2020

Eighteen police and crime commissioners will receive £35m to fund specialist teams to tackle violent crime in their area, the home secretary has announced.

PM pledges £260m to ‘eliminate’ homelessness

24/12/2019

The Prime Minister has pledged £260m to help local authorities prevent homelessness and rough sleeping.

Parish councillors call for childcare support

23/12/2019

Local councillors have urged the new Government to reform rules which prevent them from being able to claim childcare costs.

Government announces £14bn funding boost for schools

20/12/2019

The Government has announced that every school is set to receive £5,000 per pupil in funding for secondary schools next year after a decade of austerity.

Elderly save the state £23bn a year by providing unpaid care

19/12/2019

A new study has revealed how some of the oldest in society save the health and care system £23bn a year by providing free care to loved ones.

Nearly one third of maintained schools ‘in the red’

19/12/2019

A think tank has warned that the Government’s plans to ‘level up’ school funding will not close the gap between struggling schools and those in the black.

London borough rejects insourcing children’s services

11/12/2019

Kingston LBC had considered returning services from a wholly-owned company when their contract ends in 2021.

Decade of austerity sees dramatic drop in library spending

06/12/2019

Ten years of cuts to public services has seen a nearly 30% drop in library spending, new research has revealed.

Number of children in care nearly hits 80,000

06/12/2019

A charity has called on the next Government to invest more in the care system as new figures reveal the number of children in care has risen to nearly 80,000.

Majority of people support tax rises to solve social care crisis

06/12/2019

Two thirds of people want tax increases to pay for health and social care, a new poll has revealed.

It’s party time

05/12/2019

Paul Marinko tries to help the sector navigate the web of policy commitments for local government on offer after 12 December.

Bed delays to hit 2.5m days since last election

04/12/2019

More than 2.5m bed days will have been lost in the NHS due to a lack of social care since the last General Election, new analysis has concluded.

Party commitments on council funding ‘starkly’ different, think tank says

03/12/2019

Money allocated to local government in the Conservative manifesto would not be enough to meet rising costs over the next parliament, think tank says.

Voters face 'stark choice' on public spending - IFS

29/11/2019

The choice could not be clearer on public spending plans by the main political parties according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

TUC calls for large-scale investment in local services

25/11/2019

New analysis shows that councils in the North West are spending £1.4bn a year less on key local services than in 2010.

Councils in flood-hit areas to receive £500 per affected house

13/11/2019

Local authorities in areas that have experienced flooding will be given £500 for each affected house to help with recovery efforts under the recovery scheme.

One and a half million older people have ‘unmet care needs’, charity warns

11/11/2019

The number of older people with unmet care needs stands at one and a half million and could rise to over two million in the next decade, a charity has warned.

Emergency Bellwin scheme activated in response to flooding

11/11/2019

Councils will be able to apply to be reimbursed for costs incurred as part of their response to the heavy rainfall that has hit the regions in recent days.

Council chiefs call for more cash to fight fly-tipping

08/11/2019

Local authority leaders have urged the next Government to ensure that councils have the necessary funds to tackle fly-tipping.

No starter homes have been built yet, investigation finds

05/11/2019

None of the Government’s planned ‘starter homes’ have yet been built as legislation has not been implemented, a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.

Think tanks calls for public health funding to be linked to NHS budgets

05/11/2019

Public health funding should be linked to increases in the NHS budget, a briefing published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) suggests.

Council-led digital projects get £500,000 boost

31/10/2019

Seven council-led digital technology projects are set to receive grants of up to £100,000, according to the Government.

Councils offered £10m fund to ‘kick start’ new towns

28/10/2019

The Government has released £10m to help councils develop locally-led proposals to deliver more ‘new towns’.

Whitehall launches £400m improvement fund for academies

28/10/2019

Academies and sixth form colleges can now bid for a share of a multi-million pound fund to help improve facilities, the Government has announced.

Failure of £350m Four Seasons deal proof social care is not ‘properly’ funded

25/10/2019

The failure to sell the struggling social care provider, Four Seasons, is further proof that the Government is not funding social care properly, union says.

Six local authorities sign housing deal with Homes England

24/10/2019

The Government has launched a nearly £40m fund in an attempt to kick start a ‘green housing revolution’ in the north of England.

NHS study reveals ‘growing’ pressure on social care sector

23/10/2019

Charity calls for ‘urgent solution’ to the care crisis as study reveals councils received two million new requests for adult social care support last year.

£2m loneliness fund launched

15/10/2019

The Government has launched a new £2m fund to help support grassroots organisations at the frontline of tackling loneliness.

Homelessness crisis costs London councils £200m a year, report reveals

14/10/2019

The homelessness crisis and inadequate funding are costing local authorities in London an estimated £200m every year, the capital’s councils have warned.

Whitehall announces £250m of culture spending

14/10/2019

The Government has announced £250m of funding for cultural projects, libraries, museums and the creative industries after a decade of cuts.

Four in five schools will be worse off next year, research finds

30/09/2019

Funding for schools is dwindling in real terms despite the recent announcement of extra cash, according to campaigners.

Javid announces £4.3bn Brexit 'funding guarantee'

30/09/2019

Chancellor Sajid Javid has outlined plans to distribute £4.3bn if the UK leaves the EU without a Brexit deal.

Welsh councils to receive over £400,000 for electric charge points

26/09/2019

Nine local authorities in Wales are set to receive hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding from Whitehall to install electric vehicle charge points.

Council chiefs say they ‘desperately’ need certainty on post-Brexit funding

24/09/2019

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to ‘urgently publish’ its plans for a scheme to replace Brussels funding when the UK leaves the European Union.

Whitehall announces £10m boost for coastal communities

20/09/2019

More multi-million pound projects to boost coastal communities have been given the go-ahead.

Over 300,000 people forced to sell homes to pay for care

19/09/2019

Over the last 20 years hundreds of thousands of older people have been forced to sell their home to cover the cost of social care, charity reveals.

Fair funding delay

17/09/2019

The delay to the fair funding review can only add to anxiety over the future of local government, says Mark Whitehead

Councils urged to apply for £120,000 local road fund

17/09/2019

Local authorities are today being urged to apply for a new grant fund aimed at improving the safety of local roads.

Cuts force councils to slash public health funding by £72m

16/09/2019

Local authorities plan to cut public health spending by £72m this year in response to reductions in Whitehall funding, the Labour Party says.

Whitehall launches £95m high street fund

16/09/2019

The high streets that will benefit from a £95m Government fund have been identified.

Cash-strapped councils struggling to support SEND children, auditors warn

11/09/2019

Auditors have warned that councils are coming under growing financial pressure as the demand for supporting school pupils with the greatest needs rises.

Funding to train nurses should be expanded to public health workers, council chiefs say

11/09/2019

Funding to train nurses should be expanded to cover public health workers including health visitors and school nurses, the Local Government Association says.

Whitehall announces over £60m in flood defence funding

11/09/2019

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has announced £62m of funding to help protect communities from floods.

Local government faces £25bn funding shortfall by 2025

09/09/2019

Local councils will face a £25bn funding gap by 2025 as funding reforms will shrink grants to almost zero, a new report has argued.

Waste strategy places 'needless burden' on councils, MPs warn

05/09/2019

The waste strategy proposed by the Government has come under fire from MPs amid concerns about the burden it could impose upon local authorities.

Johnson outlines £14bn for schools over three years

02/09/2019

Schools across England are set to receive a £14bn cash boost over the next three years, including £700m for children with special educational needs.

Welsh ministers call for ‘end of austerity’

30/08/2019

Local government leaders across Wales have joined with ministers to call for an end to austerity.

Health charity warns of ‘systematic failure’ in adult social care

30/08/2019

The Government must spend an extra £7.5bn a year by 2023/24 to stabilise and reform adult social care in England, a new report has argued.

Social care services to be decommissioned unless funding confirmed

30/08/2019

County leaders have warned councils will soon start to decommission services unless social care funding is confirmed by Whitehall.

Quarter of a million children ‘unhappy’, charity says

28/08/2019

Council chiefs have called for more funds for children’s services after a charity found quarter of a million teenagers in the UK are unhappy.

Scottish councils face up to £59m planning costs

28/08/2019

The Planning Act could cost councils in Scotland up to £59m over the next 10 years in new burdens.

Javid confirms date of ‘fast-tracked’ Spending Round

28/08/2019

Chancellor Sajid Javid has confirmed the date of the fast-tracked Spending Round announced earlier this month.

Commissioner appointed to oversee council’s ‘inadequate’ children’s services

27/08/2019

The Government has appointed a commissioner to improve Medway Council’s children’s services after Ofsted rated them ‘inadequate’.

Councils exceed children’s social care budget by £800m

27/08/2019

Funding shortages and demand pressures forced local authorities to overspend on their children’s social care budgets by nearly £800m last year, LGA warns.

£5.2bn council funding gap is 'underestimate', says LGA

22/08/2019

The Local Government Association (LGA) will argue the sector faces a £5.2bn funding gap in 2020/21 despite believing figure is an underestimate.

Jenrick announces £9m Brexit cash for councils

22/08/2019

The Government has announced £9m to help local areas and major ports prepare for Brexit.

Children growing up in ‘B&Bs and shipping containers’, commissioner warns

21/08/2019

Thousands of children are growing up in unsuitable temporary accommodation, commissioner warns – a state of affairs council chiefs blame on a lack of funding.

TfN submits £700m proposals for National Roads Fund

21/08/2019

Transport for the North has submitted £700m bids to the National Roads Fund, including 12 schemes for the major road network and four for large local majors.

Council services ‘declining’ due to £5bn funding gap, MPs say

21/08/2019

MPs have accused the Government of being ‘derelict in its duty’ by failing to set out a funding settlement that would ease the pressure on frontline services.

County council chiefs urge PM to ‘level up’ funding across country

19/08/2019

More than 30 leaders of England’s county councils have called on the new Government to ‘level up’ investment in all parts of the country.

Javid announces £600m housing infrastructure winners

19/08/2019

Five councils will share £600m of Government funding to support the delivery of up to 50,000 new homes in high demand areas.

Councils urged to apply for £7.5m digital innovation fund

19/08/2019

The Government has invited local authorities to apply for funding to help explore how digital technology can boost frontline services.

Areas worst affected by violence awarded £35m

13/08/2019

The 18 areas most affected by serious violence have been awarded £35m by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Government activates emergency funds for flood-hit councils

12/08/2019

The Government has activated an emergency fund for councils affected by flooding.

Welsh councils warn of ‘financial tipping point’ due to cuts

08/08/2019

Six North Wales council leaders have written to the Welsh government warning them that without a change to the way local government is funded, there will be ‘substantial cuts’ to front line services.

Council warned to reduce or replace property portfolio by auditors

06/08/2019

Audit Scotland has told a council that it has 'limited time' to curb spending before its reserves run out.

Chancellor announces £2.1bn to prepare for ‘no-deal’ Brexit

01/08/2019

Sajid Javid has announced a £2.1bn cash boost in order to prepare the UK for a no-deal Brexit.

Khan announces £1.1m sports funding to tackle crime

01/08/2019

London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced £1.1m funding for sports groups as part of a drive to stop young people getting involved in crime and violence.

MPs declare youth violence to be ‘social emergency’

31/07/2019

Young people have been failed in the ‘most devastating way’ by the Government, MPs have said, as they warn that youth violence is a ‘social emergency’.

Towns to receive £3.6bn to ‘level up’ power across England

29/07/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed the prime minister’s announcement that 100 towns will receive £3.6bn in funding, but warned councils still face an £8bn funding gap.

Counties publish five-point plan for local government

26/07/2019

Councils need an emergency cash injection targeted at areas most in need, the County Councils Network (CCN) has said today.

Over 40% of emergency hospital admissions ‘avoidable'

25/07/2019

Council chiefs have called for more resources to recruit care home staff after research shows four in 10 hospital admissions from care homes could be avoided.

New secretary of state for local government told to ‘champion’ councils

25/07/2019

County councillors have called on the new housing, communities and local government secretary Robert Jenrick to 'champion their cause' for fairer funding.

Open letter to Boris Johnson

25/07/2019

The MJ's editor Heather Jameson asks the new PM a simple question: do you want to fund local government or do you want to scale back services to the basics?

Welsh councils call for ‘clarity’ over post-Brexit funding

24/07/2019

Clarity over future funding arrangements is crucial to ensure support for rural communities in Wales after Brexit, councils have warned.

Johnson urged to make council funding 'immediate domestic priority'

24/07/2019

Councils have congratulated Boris Johnson on becoming the new prime minister and told him they are key to helping him meet his priorities.

Grayling warned £350m local roads fund is ‘not enough’

22/07/2019

Council chiefs have told the Government a recently announced £350m funding boost to help improve local roads is not an alternative to long-term investment.

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