Funding

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.

Whitehall ‘too slow’ in reforming fire safety rules after Grenfell

18/07/2019

The Government has been ‘far too slow’ in reforming the building and fire safety regime in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy, MPs have said.

Council chiefs call for ‘adequate resources’ to tackle domestic abuse

16/07/2019

Local authority leaders have called for the ‘resources’ needed to fund early intervention services aimed at preventing domestic abuse.

Local government cuts forcing children to grow up in poverty, Labour say

15/07/2019

Millions of children are growing up in poverty because of Whitehall cuts to council funding, Labour says after research reveals extent of childhood poverty.

Government announces £28m to ‘ease pressure' of migration

15/07/2019

Councils across England are to receive £28m to help ease the pressures on services resulting from recent migration, the Government announced over the weekend.

Diabetes in children up 50% in five years

15/07/2019

Council chiefs have warned of an 'obesity crisis’ as figures reveal the number of young people being treated for Type 2 diabetes increased 50% in five years.

Grimsby receives £4m Town Deal boost

12/07/2019

The Government yesterday announced that Grimsby would receive £4m of investment to support the town’s ‘unprecedented’ regeneration strategy.

Whitehall announces £135m for health and social care system

11/07/2019

The Government has announced a multi-million pound investment to help tackle the biggest issues facing health and social care over the next five years.

‘Well-run’ council faces £15m budget gap

10/07/2019

A council claiming to be one of the best-managed in the country has warned it must have more Government money if it is to provide a 'decent level of services'.

London councils call for delay of funding ‘overhaul’ until after Brexit

09/07/2019

A group of local authorities have called on the Government to delay the overhaul of how councils are funded until uncertainty over Brexit lifts.

Dementia sufferers spend £15bn while waiting for care reforms

09/07/2019

Long-term sustainable funding must be provided to help support people with dementia, local government leaders have demanded.

Over half of unpaid carers ‘unable’ to save for retirement

09/07/2019

Funding cuts are making it increasingly difficult to support unpaid carers, local government leaders have warned.

Around 50 towns to benefit from multi-million pound high street fund

08/07/2019

The Government has announced the second phase of a multi-million pound fund designed to ‘transform’ high streets across the country.

Funding cuts could have paid for eight million pothole repairs, council chiefs say

08/07/2019

Council leaders have called for more cash after calculating money cut from road funding budgets over the last decade could have fixed millions of potholes.

Councils face losing £5.3bn EU funding in just 18 months

05/07/2019

More than £5bn in regional aid funding will run out in 18 months, councils leaders have warned.

Next PM told to invest £10bn in ‘mending broken childhoods’

04/07/2019

The next PM should put the billions they have promised for income and corporation tax cuts towards ‘mending broken childhoods’, says Children’s Commissioner.

One in three councils fear funding for legal duties will 'run out’

02/07/2019

A third of councils fear they will run out of funding to provide statutory services, such as adult social care, by the end of this Parliament, survey reveals.

Minister announces £100,000 to boost town centres

02/07/2019

High Streets Minister Jake Berry has announced the latest round of funding to make shopping centres more attractive to business.

Thousands of older people impacted by care home closures, survey reveals

27/06/2019

Survey of social care directors has revealed that thousands of older and disabled people have been impacted by care home closures after a decade of cuts.

Thousands of overspill beds being used for routine care, report says

24/06/2019

Hospital beds that are supposed to be used only during emergencies and periods of high demand are being utilised for routine care, investigation reveals.

PM commits £600,000 to support suicide prevention plans

21/06/2019

The first ever review of local suicide prevention planning in England has revealed that some councils are struggling to deliver on their prevention plans.

Whitehall blasted for trying to solve homelessness ‘on a shoestring’

20/06/2019

An assessment of the state of homelessness prevention has criticised Whitehall for trying to solve the homelessness crisis ‘on a shoestring’.

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.

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