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£4.7bn local transport cash to support 'smaller cities and towns'

26/02/2024

Local authorities in the North and Midlands have been given a capital boost under a £4.7bn Local Transport Fund, and have a year to prepare plans.

Stoke-on-Trent warns services may be ‘stripped to the bone’

26/02/2024

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has warned its budget plans rest on a bid to secure an extra £42.2m in Government funding.

EXCLUSIVE: Councils offered second chance to claim housing cash

22/02/2024

Civil servants have issued a last-minute invitation for councils to claim cash from a fund that has suffered from poor take up by local authorities.

Council chiefs call for review of Ukrainian refugee scheme

19/02/2024

Council leaders have called for an urgent review of funding for Ukrainian refugees as 9,000 have reported as homeless and more need longer-term support.

Two thirds of councils expect to miss waste reform deadline

15/02/2024

Councils have urged Government to reconsider its ‘unrealistic’ waste reform deadline after research found authorities face shortfalls to fund the changes.

Khan pledges £15m for domestic abuse services

14/02/2024

Projects that support survivors of domestic abuse in the capital will receive an extra £15m, the major of London has announced.

Scottish council chiefs call for £45m uplift guarantee

12/02/2024

Leaders in Scotland have called for a guarantee the £45m Barnett consequentials from a £600m increase to the English finance settlement will be passed on.

Drug-related deaths up by 80%

09/02/2024

Financial uncertainty is undermining local efforts to battle drug addiction, council chiefs warn as report finds drug-related deaths are up 80% over a decade.

Nearly 120 RAAC-affected school buildings to be rebuilt

09/02/2024

Nearly 120 school buildings containing dangerous concrete will be rebuilt or refurbished, the Government has confirmed.

Welsh government announces £25m for councils

07/02/2024

The Welsh government has announced an additional £25m to support cash-strapped local authorities in 2024-25.

Medway requests emergency £14.6m loan

06/02/2024

Medway Council has asked the Government for an emergency loan of £14.6m to help the struggling local authority avoid effective bankruptcy.

Dover issues s114 warning over funding withdrawal

05/02/2024

A council could be at risk of issuing a section 114 notice if it is left to shoulder the costs of port biosecurity checks.

Gove sheds light on productivity plans

05/02/2024

Michael Gove has released further details of the Government's productivity plans, including a clampdown on consultants and diversity schemes.

Household Support Fund doubt leaving councils ‘in limbo’

05/02/2024

Councils have urged the Government to commit to extending the Household Support Fund (HSF) at a time of ‘record demand’.

£90m announced from shaved-back youth fund

02/02/2024

A further £90m in grant funding will be allocated to youth services from a scaled-back fund worth ‘over £300m’.

Hants seeks to avoid cost risk on £125m scheme

02/02/2024

Hampshire County Council is facing a funding gap on the A326 North Waterside Improvements scheme, if cost increases go beyond a current estimate of £125m.

Council to consider levelling up fund judicial review

30/01/2024

Durham County Council will consider seeking a judicial review into how the Government allocated levelling up funding after the authority spent £1.2m on failed bids.

Council leaders demand right to set tax levels

26/01/2024

Local authority leaders in Scotland have renewed their fight to set their own council taxes – despite the pledge of a freeze by first minister Humza Yousaf.

Havering warns of S114 after ‘minuscule’ funding boost

26/01/2024

Havering Council will be forced to declare effective bankruptcy ‘by the end of February’ if the Government fails to provide more funding, leader warns.

Council leaders cautiously welcome £600m boost

24/01/2024

Council leaders have welcomed the announcement of a £500m boost to social care budgets but caution they still face ‘difficult decisions’.

Councils set to receive £500m boost

24/01/2024

The Government is expected to announce an extra £500m in funding as part of the 2024-25 local government finance settlement.

Homelessness costs could spell ‘end of local government’

24/01/2024

The increasing cost of homelessness could lead to more councils declaring effective bankruptcy and the ‘end of local government’, council leaders warn.

Report calls for more devolution to boost creative industries

23/01/2024

The further devolution of powers and funding connected to culture will help tackle economic stagnation and will boost to local communities, study finds.

Concern over waste reform costs

22/01/2024

Fears have been raised that more financial pressures could be heaped on councils as a result of waste reforms.

Underfunding of planning teams barrier to growth

22/01/2024

Nine out of 10 SME home builders have warned that underfunded local authority planning departments are hindering the construction of new housing.

Conservative MPs call for emergency funding for councils

22/01/2024

MPs representing county areas have called on the Government to provide emergency funding to cash-strapped councils to prevent further cuts to local services.

Middlesbrough council leaders vote to apply for £15m bailout

18/01/2024

Council leaders at Middlesbrough Council have voted unanimously to apply for a £15m bailout from the Government to avoid effective bankruptcy.

Cash-strapped councils struggling to reunite families

17/01/2024

Children in care are unable to reunite with their families due to the financial pressures local authorities are currently facing, survey of councils reveals.

MPs criticise ‘glacial’ progress of levelling up projects

16/01/2024

Mandarins from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities faced the Public Accounts Committee.

Care providers closing due to ‘perilous’ environment

16/01/2024

Social care services are facing a situation that is ‘more perilous than ever’ with 43% of providers closing services or handing back contracts, study reveals.

Notts council seeks ‘exceptional financial support’

16/01/2024

Nottingham City Council has joined the list of local authorities who have requested ‘exceptional financial support’ from the Government.

Combined authority approves £600,000 for athletics championship

15/01/2024

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has approved an extra £600,000 to go towards the cost of hosting the 2026 European Athletics Championships (EAC).

New £1.5m package to support school leaders launched

15/01/2024

The Government has announced a new £1.5m package to help support the mental health and wellbeing of school and college leaders.

Thurrock avoids 10% council tax hike

12/01/2024

Cash-strapped Thurrock Council has pledged residents will not face a 10% council tax rise – but still needs to confirm how much extra they must pay.

Councils lobby for extra support ahead of final finance settlement

12/01/2024

Councils have begun 2024 by urgently lobbying Whitehall over extra financial support amid widespread concern the provisional finance settlement falls far short of what’s needed.

2024: an epochal year of change and transition

12/01/2024

Jonathan Werran, chief executive, Localis looks at what is coming down the tracks for local government in the year ahead.

DWP fails to commit to continuing Household Support Fund

08/01/2024

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has failed to commit to making the Household Support Fund (HSF) available to councils in 2024-25.

Fears over digital switchover costs

08/01/2024

Councils face multi-million pound bills as a result of the digital switchover of the telephone system.

Council finances ‘worsened’ since finance settlement

08/01/2024

The financial position of local authorities in urban areas has ‘worsened’ since the finance settlement last month, warns local government campaign group.

Government launches Storm Henk flood fund

08/01/2024

Local authority areas that have been hit by flooding in the wake of Storm Henk are now able to apply for financial support.

Somerset Council warns of ‘heart-breaking’ cuts

08/01/2024

Public toilets, theatres, and leisure services in Somerset are set to be hit by cuts as the unitary authority attempts to bridge a £100m budget gap.

Suffolk council potentially facing ‘hundreds of job losses’

05/01/2024

Plans to save Suffolk County Council £11m by restructuring its workforce could result in ‘hundreds of job losses’, Unison has warned.

Two thirds of Housing Infrastructure Fund left unspent

05/01/2024

Two-thirds of the £4.2bn Housing Infrastructure Fund remains unspent more than six years after its launch, despite the housing shortage, according to reports.

Nottingham commissioners would 'undermine senior officers'

04/01/2024

Nottingham City Council has urged the Government not to send in commissioners to oversee the running of the authority.

Welsh minister backs tax reforms

03/01/2024

One of the candidates to become first minister of Wales has backed reform of council tax.

Scottish budget ‘missed opportunity’ for reform

03/01/2024

The Scottish budget is a ‘missed opportunity’ for delivering on public service reform, local authority leaders in Scotland have told Holyrood.

Support programme for libraries launched

03/01/2024

A charity representing public libraries has launched a support programme for council library services facing spending cuts.

'A lot to be done' to improve councils' governance

02/01/2024

There is ‘a lot to be done’ to improve management in failing local authorities, the sector watchdog’s chair has said.

Council tax freeze to cost £156m

02/01/2024

Scottish councils face a real terms cut of up to £156m next year as a result of the council tax freeze, new research has found.

Dismay as HS2 funds rerouted to fix potholes in London

21/12/2023

The Government’s decision to redirect HS2 funding to fix potholes in London under the Network North plan has been strongly criticised by Northern leaders.

London boroughs’ share of HS2 pothole fund confirmed

20/12/2023

Allocations for a £235m funding pot aimed at fixing London’s pothole-strewn roads have been confirmed by the Government.

Fund to go to town centre 'champions'

19/12/2023

New guidance for the government’s £1.1bn ‘long term plan for towns’ has confirmed the boards in charge of spending the cash should be led by a local independent chair who will act as a ‘champion’ for the town.

Nottingham holds public event to discuss cuts

18/12/2023

Nottingham City Council has announced it will be holding a public event this week to give residents more details on its financial difficulties.

Council funding to increase 6.5%

18/12/2023

Local authorities are set to see their funding increase by 6.5% as the Government attempts to prevent more councils from declaring effective bankruptcy.

Bradford warns of possible s114

15/12/2023

Bradford Council has warned that it will have to issue an s114 notice, effectively declaring bankruptcy, unless the Government provides ‘exceptional’ support.

Urban councils warn of S114 ‘surge’

14/12/2023

Local authority leaders have warned the PM that the new year could see a ‘surge’ of effective bankruptcies unless there is a last-minute intervention.

£80m to regenerate brownfield sites now available

12/12/2023

Up to £80m is now available for local authorities across England to deliver thousands of new homes on brownfield sites.

Live Labs Centre of Excellence open for business

08/12/2023

An £8.5m Government-funded research project into building and maintaining roads with low-carbon and recycled materials now open for submissions.

Gov announces £70m charge point pilot

06/12/2023

The Government has launched a £70m pilot scheme to boost the rollout of ultra-rapid electric vehicle charge points in motorway service areas.

Leeds councillors to discuss axing 750 employees

06/12/2023

Senior councillors in Leeds are set to discuss plans to reduce staffing levels by 750 by the end of the 2024/25 financial year.

One in five councils report bankruptcy fears

06/12/2023

A poll of council leaders and chief executives has revealed that one in five think it likely that their chief finance officer will need to issue a Section 114.

Gove announces funding settlement

05/12/2023

Michael Gove has announced the local government finance policy statement, ensuring councils will receive a 3% minimum funding increase before council tax.

Autistic adults without care entitlement face 'breakdown'

05/12/2023

More than 11,000 autistic adults in England are not receiving the care they are legally entitled to, a group of autism charities has found.

Brighton’s finances in ‘perilous position’

04/12/2023

Brighton & Hove City Council’s finances are in an ‘extremely perilous position’, the local authority’s leader has warned.

COSLA ramps up Budget lobbying

04/12/2023

Well-funded councils are the key to unlocking the potential within Scotland’s communities, town hall leaders have claimed ahead of the country’s budget.

The importance of targeted investment in communities

04/12/2023

Lisa Dodd-Mayne, Sport England, discusses how targeted investment is helping people to get active, and how the strategy can be replicated locally.

Government axes Brum's £2.7bn PFI deal in shock 'betrayal'

01/12/2023

Birmingham City Council's leader has accused the Government of 'betrayal' by axing the authority's £2.7bn highways Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract, in a move that could lose the authority more than £500m of roads investment.

NCASC: Social care 'doing a good job' getting investment

01/12/2023

Those working in adult social care are ‘already doing a very good job at getting investment and commitments to reform’, government minister Helen Whately says.

£450k to kick-start library transformation

30/11/2023

A Manchester library has been awarded £453,964 to transform its Grade II Listed building and preserve its historic collections.

LGA lays bare ‘astronomical’ care costs

29/11/2023

There has been a 1,000% rise over five years in the number of children’s social care placements that cost councils £10,000 or more a week, the Local Government Association (LGA) has found.

‘Worst October in history’ for pothole breakdowns

27/11/2023

October this year was the worst on record for pothole-related breakdowns, according to the AA Pothole Index.

How the Autumn Statement failed children’s services

24/11/2023

Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton, chair of Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities (SIGOMA), looks at what the Autumn Statement meant for children’s services.

Autumn Statement: East of England ‘bottom of pile’ for funding

23/11/2023

The East of England has received the smallest share of funding in round three of the Levelling Up Fund, according to local authority leaders from the region.

Autumn Statement: Lancashire devolution ‘amazing news for county’

23/11/2023

The Lancashire devolution announcement in the Autumn Statement is ‘amazing news for county’, local authority leaders in the region have said.

Autumn Statement: West Midlands investment zone confirmed

23/11/2023

An investment zone is set to be established in the West Midlands focusing on three sites in Warwickshire, Birmingham, and Wolverhampton, Chancellor confirms.

Autumn Statement: Councils remain ‘chronically underfunded’

23/11/2023

Support for private renters, devolution, and planning departments is welcome but councils remain ‘chronically underfunded’, council chiefs tell Chancellor.

Autumn Statement: Level 4 devolution unveiled

22/11/2023

More powers will be offered to areas with a level 3 devolution deal, the Government has announced as part of the Autumn Statement.

Autumn Statement: Councils to be able to recover planning costs

22/11/2023

Councils will be able to recover the costs of business planning applications in return for being required to meet faster timelines, Chancellor says.

Councils failing to fix potholes could face funding cuts

22/11/2023

Local authorities who fail to hit road resurfacing targets could see their funding withheld from a national pothole fund.

Levelling Up Fund allocated

20/11/2023

The third round of the Levelling Up Fund has been awarded to unsuccessful bids from round two.

Investment in local care services could save £2.5bn

20/11/2023

Investment in home-based care, community and reablement services would help free up more hospital beds and improve care for the elderly, council leaders say.

Councils ‘pushed to the brink’ by children’s social care pressures

20/11/2023

A ‘perfect storm’ of financial pressures and rising numbers of children needing support are putting local authorities at risk of bankruptcy, councils warn.

Councils call for emergency school transport funding

20/11/2023

‘Spiralling’ transport costs for children with special educational needs are threatening the financial stability of England’s largest councils, according to a report.

Hull’s finances ‘reaching the end of the road’

17/11/2023

The leader of Hull City Council has warned the Government that it will not be able to set a balanced budget in 2025-26 without intervention.

Brighton Christmas market cancelled

17/11/2023

Residents of Brighton and Hove will have to miss out on the Christmas market this year after the city council failed to find a commercial partner to fund it.

£8bn of HS2 savings to be spent on ending pothole ‘blight’

17/11/2023

Transport secretary Mark Harper has confirmed the allocations of an £8.3bn plan to resurface England’s pothole-marked roads, set out in the wake of HS2 cuts.

Levelling up ambitions blighted by delays, says NAO

17/11/2023

Ministers’ levelling up ambitions have been blighted by delays to key construction projects, with many deadlines unlikely to be met, the UK’s spending watchdog has warned.

Middlesbrough set to sell off buildings to avoid bankruptcy

16/11/2023

Middlesbrough Council is considering selling off several of its buildings in an effort to avoid having to issue a bankruptcy notice.

Social care leaders forced to find millions in extra savings

16/11/2023

Council social care leaders are having to find millions of pounds of extra savings this year despite winter pressures approaching, a new survey has revealed.

Liverpool’s homelessness bill leaps from £250,000 to £19m

15/11/2023

The leader of Liverpool City Council has called for urgent help as the local authority’s homelessness accommodation bill jumps from £250,000 to £19m.

New Bradford station 'one step closer' with £400k award

14/11/2023

The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded Bradford Council £400,000 ‘to kickstart master planning’ on a new railway station.

Councils sign cross border partnership

13/11/2023

Two English councils, Herefordshire and Shropshire, and two Welsh county councils, Monmouthshire and Powys, have signed a partnership agreement.

Call for 'urgent action on deepening housing crisis'

10/11/2023

The council that increased new homes supply the most last year has urged the Government to take ‘urgent action’ on the ‘deepening housing crisis’.

RAC sees record third quarter 'pothole call-outs'

10/11/2023

The RAC has dealt with the highest number of pothole-related breakdowns seen in any third quarter since its records began in 2006.

Funding to target ‘manifestly unfair’ sport access

07/11/2023

Sport England has announced a funding overhaul to tackle regional disparities in access to physical activity.

£20m boost for leisure centres

06/11/2023

The Government has awarded local authorities a share of £20m to help support swimming pools and leisure centres most at risk of closure or significant service reduction.

Chancellor urged to tackle audit backlog

06/11/2023

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has called on the Government to ‘tackle the crisis’ in local authority financial reporting and audit.

Major road network set for £2.6bn second funding round

03/11/2023

A promised £2.6bn for local road upgrades will be in the form of a second round of major road network (MRN) funding, it has emerged.

DfT teases more detail on multi-billion roads spending plans

03/11/2023

The Department for Transport has given fresh detail on the £8.3bn of ‘additional’ local highway maintenance funding due to HS2 cuts.

MPs criticise ‘disappointingly slow’ progress on active travel

03/11/2023

The Government is not on track to meet its active travel targets, with funding uncertainty hampering councils’ efforts, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said.

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