Funding

Cornwall first to pass on COVID-19 funding to local councils

07/08/2020

Cornwall Council is set to be the first to pass on government funding to parish and town councils affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Leicester calls for permission to spend unallocated grant money

22/07/2020

Leicester City Council has asked for permission to use £10m of unallocated business grants to help struggling local businesses after its lockdown was extended.

Government launches Spending Review

21/07/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has warned of ‘tough choices’ as he launched the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Calls to devolve £5.2bn flood defences funding

14/07/2020

Councils have called for funding for flood defences to be devolved to local areas, after the Government announced its new long-term plan to tackle flooding in England.

Councils issue warning over £730m of unspent EU funding

13/07/2020

Nearly a quarter of the European Social Fund is at risk of being sent back to Brussels, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.

Councils yet to hand out £1.7bn of business grant money

09/07/2020

Councils are yet to distribute £1.7bn of funding given to them to support small businesses through the pandemic, new figures have revealed.

Thousands of council jobs at risk due to funding shortfall, union warns

07/07/2020

Tens of thousands of council jobs could be lost unless the Government addresses the current funding shortfall, Unison has warned.

COVID funding gap hits £7.4bn, LGA estimates

01/07/2020

The funding gap created by COVID-19 now stands at £7.4bn, the Local Government Association has said.

Johnson announces £1bn school building programme

29/06/2020

Prime minister Boris Johnson has committed £1bn to build 50 new schools over the next ten years.

Council chiefs welcome £1bn Covid school ‘catch up’ package

19/06/2020

Local authority leaders have welcomed the Government’s announcement of a £1bn Covid ‘catch up’ package to tackle the impact of lost teaching time.

Leeds council concerned £200m of Covid costs will lead to cuts

17/06/2020

The leader of Leeds City Council has called for urgent Government support as the costs of coronavirus in the city approaches £200m.

Art charity announces £2m to support museums and galleries

17/06/2020

Museums and art galleries are to receive a much needed funding boost to help them weather the impact of Covid-19.

EXCLUSIVE: 'Make local elections a "mini-referendum" on fair funding'

16/06/2020

The main parties at the Local Government Association could turn next year’s local elections into a ‘mini referendum on fair funding for all councils’, according to the director of the Political Skills Forum.

Council chiefs call for action to resolve £6bn Covid-19 crisis

16/06/2020

Local authority leaders have urged the Government to provide detailed plans on how to ensure the financial stability of cash-strapped councils.

Government appoints Arup-led consortium for £3.6bn Towns Fund delivery

15/06/2020

The engineering company Arup has been appointed to lead a consortium to help local authorities access the £3.6bn Towns Fund.

Magnox agrees cash grant to Dorset Council

15/06/2020

Dorset Council has received a £25,000 cash grant from a nuclear decommissioning company to help support vulnerable people.

Government urged to fast-track beach safety funding

15/06/2020

Council leaders have called on the Government to fast-track funding to improve beach safety as people head to the coast during the good weather.

Residents face ‘postcode lottery’ when it comes to fire services, union warns

15/06/2020

A third of fire and rescue services would not send sufficient resources to high-rise fires, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has warned.

Test and trace funding allocated to councils

12/06/2020

Local authorities across England have been allocated a share of £300m to support new test and trace services.

Mayors press for local furlough powers

08/06/2020

The mayors of Liverpool and Manchester have urged the Government to provide funds for ‘humanitarian assistance’ during local lockdowns as figures suggest COVID-19 is spreading.

MPs call for clarity on proposed Shared Prosperity Fund

08/06/2020

A group of MPs have called on the Government to provide further details on its proposed Shared Prosperity Fund.

Adult care coronavirus costs to reach £6.6bn by autumn

05/06/2020

The majority of the extra financial pressure is being borne by local government, according to new research.

Council to sell Bristol Energy

03/06/2020

Bristol City Council has given the go-ahead to put its loss-making energy company up for sale.

Councils will need £6bn to balance budgets this year, says LGA

29/05/2020

Councils will need another £6bn to cover the costs and lost income caused by the coronavirus crisis, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Kent leader warns of migrant crossing ‘crisis’

26/05/2020

The council's leader has asked the home secretary to make it mandatory for authorities to provide support for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC).

‘Golden opportunity’ to end rough sleeping

22/05/2020

The Government has been urged to commit £100m to councils in a bid to end rough sleeping in England.

Building safety fund not 'enough' says task force

21/05/2020

The government fund to replace dangerous cladding is not enough to make all buildings safe, the Greater Manchester High Rise Task Force has warned.

Councils must urgently allocate funding to social care providers, report warns

28/04/2020

Funding given to local authorities to deal with the coronavirus crisis must urgently get through to independent adult social care services, a new report has warned.

Launch of £50m heritage emergency fund

03/04/2020

A new £50m fund to support heritage organisations at risk due to the coronavirus crisis has been launched.

Councils welcome £400m funding boost for bus services

03/04/2020

The Government has pledged nearly £400m funding to help keep bus services running during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sport England unveils £195m funding package

01/04/2020

Sport England will make £195 funding available to support sport and physical activity during the coronavirus crisis.

Arts council announces £160m of ‘emergency funding’

25/03/2020

Council chiefs have welcomed the announcement of a multi-million-pound injection of funding to support the arts sector during the coronavirus pandemic.

Charities struggle to deliver public sector contracts as they lose £4bn

24/03/2020

Charities and public services are more vulnerable to the Covid-19 crisis than was previously thought because of the squeeze on funding the former is experiencing as a result of the pandemic, study shows.

Budget 2020: Flood-hit areas to share £200m defence fund

11/03/2020

The money will go to 25 areas based on criteria including repeated flooding.

Budget 2020: £5bn emergency fund to fight coronavirus

11/03/2020

The Government has promised to deliver a £5bn emergency fund to help manage the extra pressures the NHS and social care are facing in the wake of coronavirus.

Councils and teachers call for over £5bn of extra school funding

05/03/2020

Local authorities, parents and teachers have joined forces to call on the Government to increase school funding by £5.5bn.

Government announces £1m ‘boost’ to student mental health support

05/03/2020

Student groups most at risk of poor mental health will benefit from more targeted support through a £1m Government funding boost.

Council leaders warn Whitehall not to ‘forget the shires’

05/03/2020

County council leaders have warned the Government not to ‘overlook’ the shires as it focuses on levelling up ‘red wall’ areas in the North and Midlands.

Lincolnshire council ‘delighted’ by £3.5m Grimsby investment

02/03/2020

The communities secretary today announced a multi-million pound funding boost for Grimsby town centre while on tour around the north eastern town.

Council chiefs warn of ‘chronic need’ for bridge repair funding

02/03/2020

Local leaders have said there is a ‘chronic need’ for investment in local roads in response to a report on the number of substandard road bridges in Britain.

Council chiefs call on mattress companies to ‘recycle own products’

02/03/2020

Local authority leaders are calling for mattress manufacturers to be forced to recycle their own products and offer take-back services to stop them being fly-tipped.

Councils awarded share of £93m fund to repair potholes

02/03/2020

Local authorities are to be awarded a share of a multi-million pound funding pot to repair roads and bridges, the Government has announced.

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.

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