Funding

Council chiefs share ‘Everyone In’ lessons

09/09/2021

Funding commitments and improvements to social housing are two areas that council leaders think need more attention if rough sleeping is to be eliminated.

Government called on to help councils resettle Afghan refugees

08/09/2021

Afghan refugees have been placed in council areas without the local authorities being informed or given the necessary support, a refugee charity has warned.

Schools forced to make cuts due to Government’s ‘failure to invest’

08/09/2021

School leaders have warned that school children are suffering from chronic underfunding by the Government.

Council signs £67m deal to deliver affordable housing

01/09/2021

An insurer of benefit pension funds has completed a multi-million-pound deal with the London Borough of Bromley to help deliver affordable housing.

Government commits £5m to help councils resettle Afghan refugees

01/09/2021

Local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland will receive £5m to help fund the resettlement of refugees who are fleeing the Taliban.

Chewing gum producers invest £10m to reduce gum litter

31/08/2021

Major chewing gum producers have signed up to a new multi-million-pound partnership to remove gum litter from the high streets.

Jenrick announces nearly £9bn housing boost

31/08/2021

The Government has committed £8.6bn of investment in order to boost the provision of affordable housing across the country.

Over a third of the most deprived areas will not benefit from Levelling Up Fund

25/08/2021

More than a third of England’s most deprived areas will not benefit from the Government’s £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund, according to new Salvation Army research released today.

High Court grants permission for ‘Levelling Up Fund’ legal challenge

24/08/2021

The High Court has granted permission for a legal challenge to the ‘Levelling Up Fund’ after campaigners accused the Government of using the fund for political purposes.

Council chiefs in Scotland welcome £5m play park investment

23/08/2021

Local authority leaders in Scotland have agreed a £5m investment package with Holyrood in order to modernise play parks across the country.

Bids open for £160m fund to improve efficiency of social housing

23/08/2021

Social housing providers are being urged to bid for a share of £160m to create warmer, greener and cheaper homes for tenants.

Schools to receive £25m for CO2 monitors

23/08/2021

All state-funded schools are to receive carbon dioxide monitors from September to help tackle COVID-19, the Government has announced.

Calls for more funding as child abuse increases

20/08/2021

Incidents involving death or serious harm to a child have risen in the past year, leading to calls for further funding.

Torbay council leader apologises for Afghan refugee comments

20/08/2021

The leader of Torbay Council has apologised for suggesting that the council would be unable to take in any Afghan refugees because of the housing crisis.

Government announces £20m for Family Hubs

19/08/2021

Vulnerable families will benefit from a multi-million-pound investment to improve access to early education, health and care services, Government announces.

Up to £20,000 available to support councils with digital inclusion

16/08/2021

Councils could be awarded up to £20,000 each to fund their proposal to advance digital inclusion, digital connectivity, and cyber security.

Type 2 diabetes in children up by nearly 60%

16/08/2021

Council chiefs urged Government to ensure long-term funding for council weight management services as they warned of increase in Type 2 diabetes in children.

Extra £4m to boost community activities for young people

12/08/2021

Government will invest £2m into the #iwill Fund, which will be matched by The National Lottery Community Fund, to create new community activities for youth.

Call to invest £600m to avoid 'bed blocking' this winter

06/08/2021

Council and health leaders are calling for £600m to free up thousands of hospital beds this winter.

Sports funding essential to enable repeat of Team GB’s success, council chiefs say

04/08/2021

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to make the most of Team GB’s success at the Tokyo Olympics by investing in grassroots and community sport facilities.

Rural communities 'overlooked' in levelling-up funding, report finds

04/08/2021

The allocation of levelling up funding is 'overlooking' rural communities, a report has claimed today.

Government launches £7m flexible apprenticeship scheme

03/08/2021

Anyone looking to get experience and training to work in adult social care will now be able benefit from new flexible apprenticeships, the Government says.

Multi-million pound boost to cycling and walking budget

30/07/2021

The Government has announced a £338m funding package to build more cycle lanes and deliver walking schemes to help boost active travel.

Councils concerned about future of childcare

29/07/2021

Local support for children and families during the pandemic has been wide-ranging but there have also been notable local variations, new study reveals.

New funding to tackle racial inequality across Liverpool City Region

27/07/2021

New investment will see 22,000 local authority staff receive race equality training across Liverpool City Region.

Keep up COVID funding to end homelessness, says Kerslake

27/07/2021

Ending homelessness is possible, but the Government needs to keep up funding or face a post-pandemic surge, an independent commission concluded.

Decarbonising your housing stock with heat pumps

23/07/2021

William Eichler reports from the recent Green Housing Forum webinar, looking at the funding available to local authorities to deliver low carbon homes.

Javid launches £75m autism strategy

21/07/2021

The Government today launched a new multi-million pound strategy to help improve the lives of people with autism.

Commission calls for funding re-set for local government

20/07/2021

Local government needs a ‘funding floor’, set at an agreed percentage of national income, a report on the future of the sector has said.

Second round of schools rebuilding programme announced

19/07/2021

A further 50 schools have been confirmed for the second round of the Prime Minister’s rebuilding programme.

Scottish councils to receive £3.2bn housing grant

19/07/2021

Councils in Scotland will receive a 20% uplift in grant funding for affordable homes over the next five years.

PM announces £50m football pitch funding

16/07/2021

The PM has announced a £50m investment in football pitches to help support the wave of interest in the sport inspired by EURO 2020 and Women’s EURO 2022.

Local government funding cuts have ‘cost lives’, study warns

15/07/2021

Cuts in local government funding over recent years have cost lives and reduced life expectancy, academics have warned in a new study.

Reserves used to meet ‘avalanche of need’

14/07/2021

A third of councils have resorted to using reserves to meet adult social care overspends, an extensive survey has found.

Council chiefs urge Government to put children at ‘heart of recovery’

14/07/2021

Local authority leaders have called for a cross-government strategy to ensure that children and young people are at the heart of the post-pandemic recovery.

Right to Buy-back fund launched

13/07/2021

London boroughs are to receive funding to purchase former council homes on the private market.

Committee calls for urgent consultation on UK Shared Prosperity Fund

12/07/2021

Local authorities in Scotland should be consulted on how much funding they will receive under the new UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), MPs have said.

Councils urged to create 10-20 year plans

06/07/2021

Councils with a ‘credible’ local plan will be given extra powers and freedoms, the community secretary said today.

Council chiefs launch campaign to ‘Build Back Local’

06/07/2021

Local authority leaders have insisted that the Government must guarantee long-term investment for local services in order to ensure the country’s economic and social recovery after the pandemic.

Funding formula has shifted money from most deprived schools, watchdog warns

02/07/2021

Funding for deprived schools has shifted towards more wealthier schools, the public spending watchdog has warned today.

Securing government funding: A guide for local authorities

02/07/2021

Nick Huston outlines the five steps local authorities can take to ensure they stand the best chance of securing financial support for delivering warm and sustainable homes.

Levelling up funds risk 'amplifying regional inequalities'

01/07/2021

A new report from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is critical of the current approach of bidding for pots of money.

‘Left behind’ areas receive less targeted funding, research reveals

29/06/2021

England's 'left behind' neighbourhoods receive less than half the charitable grants of other equally deprived places, new research has shown.

Councils receive extra £160m to support struggling families

23/06/2021

Councils will receive an extra £160m to help struggling families with food and utility bills.

More than a thousand school buildings to share £483m investment

23/06/2021

Schools in the North East and North West will receive the biggest share of funding to improve school buildings.

Self-isolation payments 'failing' workers

21/06/2021

Two out of three people applying for self-isolation payments are being rejected, according to new research.

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.

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Sutton Council's IoT pilot project

David Grasty, head of digital strategy & portfolio for Kingston and Sutton Councils, outlines how in-home sensors have improved the safety of vulnerable residents living in social housing.
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