Spending review

Fair Funding Review delayed until next year

05/09/2019

The Fair Funding Review and 75% business rate retention will be delayed until 2020-21.

Spending Round 2019: Chancellor pledges £1.5bn 'down payment' for social care

04/09/2019

Councils will have access to £1.5bn of new funding for social care next year, the chancellor has announced.

Spending Round 19: Javid promises an 'infrastructure revolution'

04/09/2019

Chancellor Sajid Javid used his first Sending Round to call for an 'infrastructure revolution' and promise a national strategy by 'the autumn'.

Spending Round 19: Schools receive £7.1bn funding boost

04/09/2019

School spending will increase by £7.1bn by 2022-23, the chancellor confirmed today.

Chancellor needs an extra £5bn to cover spending promises, says IFS

03/09/2019

The chancellor will need to find an extra £5bn of spending next year to meet the government's recent pledges, the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned.

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.

Councils face more funding uncertainty

14/08/2019

‘Indicative numbers’ for the amount councils will receive in 2020/21 will not be published before next month’s Spending Review, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has admitted after it missed a self-imposed deadline.

Chancellor announces fast-tracked Spending Review

09/08/2019

The Government will rush through a one-year Spending Round to help prepare for Brexit.

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.

Financial risk for children's services across London is 'unsustainable'

22/07/2019

Children’s services across London are facing an unsustainable level of financial risk, a new report commissioned by London Councils has warned.

EXCLUSIVE: Victory on variation

26/06/2019

The Treasury’s view of children’s services has been dealt a further blow after research linked 70% of spend variation to factors outside councils’ control.

Councils' role in asylum system to be bolstered

23/04/2019

Plans are being drawn up that will give councils more of a say in where asylum seekers are accommodated.

Concern over councils' ability to cope with polls

17/04/2019

Council chiefs have raised concerns with Government about the sector’s capacity to run EU elections so close on the heels of local polls.

Austerity 'could end at the Spending Review'

11/04/2019

There is a ‘genuine chance’ austerity will end at the Spending Review, according to upbeat director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Paul Johnson.

Spring Statement 2019: Chancellor pledges three-year spending review

13/03/2019

Chancellor Philip Hammond has pledged a ‘full three-year spending review’ for local government before the summer recess.

MPs launch inquiry into local government finance

06/03/2019

A new inquiry into local government finance will take place ahead of this year's Spending Review.

Spending review: Councils braced for further austerity

01/03/2019

Councils are under financial pressure as never before and will need all the optimism they can muster to deal with it, says Mark Whitehead.

MHCLG to make 'compelling case' for more funding

13/02/2019

Local government minister Rishi Sunak has vowed that his department will ‘make a compelling case’ for more funding ahead of this year’s Spending Review.

Spending Review ‘make or break’ for cash-strapped councils

11/02/2019

Local government leaders have warned the Chancellor that the upcoming Spending Review will ‘make or break’ over-stretched council services.

Public health progress put at risk by cuts

27/11/2018

The Government must restore councils’ public health grants because of their important role in the urgent task of improving public health, according to a report from leading health think tank, The King’s Fund.

MHCLG ‘not expecting another Northamptonshire situation’

26/11/2018

Local government finances are sustainable and the collapse of another authority is not expected, the ministry’s top civil servant has insisted.

Cash boost for councils only a ‘sticking plaster’

30/10/2018

Council are turning their attention to next year’s Spending Review amid warnings that yesterday’s Budget announcements failed to provide long-term stability for the sector.

Neighbourhood services a 'serious concern', report warns

12/10/2018

A new report has highlighted 'serious concerns' over the future quality of neighbourhood services and adult social care unless councils receive adequate funding in the next spending review.

LEPs told to improve ahead of EU funding changes

06/09/2018

Fresh concerns have emerged about local enterprise partnerships (LEP) as the Government considers whether to use them to funnel UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) cash.

Stop trying to explain away poor performance

02/08/2018

The sector needs to be more open and honest about poor performance, writes Abdool Kara.

Northamptonshire CC issues second emergency spending ban

24/07/2018

Troubled Northamptonshire CC has issued a second Section 114 notice in a bid to regain control of its ‘truly perilous’ finances.

Whitehall accused of ‘complacency’ over financial future of local government

04/07/2018

MPs have blasted the Government for being ‘complacent’ about the financial future of local authorities.

Counties call for pre-spending review cash injection

27/06/2018

Nearly one in five county council leaders are ‘not confident’ they can deliver a balanced budget nest year without extra funding, a new survey has revealed.

London boroughs ‘hard hit’ by austerity, think tank says

09/05/2018

London’s boroughs have been ‘hard hit’ by Government cuts, a new analysis shows, with council spending in the capital falling by nearly a fifth in seven years.

Scottish parliamentary committee to review council spending

14/09/2017

A review of how local authorities in Scotland prioritise spending and assess the impact of increased charges was launched today by the Scottish parliament.

Whitehall lacks ‘coherent framework’ for enacting long-term policy, NAO says

21/07/2016

The Government has no 'coherent framework' for implementing decisions made in the spending review, auditors say.

Views from the top on the digital revolution

27/06/2016

Mark Whitehead reports from a round table discussion at London’s BT Tower in which council leaders and technology experts exchanged views and ideas on the digital revolution.

When the going gets tough, the tough get innovating

24/06/2016

Bob Quin argues that austerity could become the mother of invention for local government.

‘Vindictive’ Tory cuts hit Labour authorities hardest

08/04/2016

Spending cuts to less affluent Labour councils are five times higher than in wealthier Tory areas, according to new research.

The truth about transformation

13/01/2016

Michael White explains how to drive the IT costs down, while continuing to deliver excellent services.

Poorest in Scotland face 'double whammy' of cuts warns think tank

16/12/2015

Those claiming benefits in Scotland are facing a cut of over £800 per year following last month's spending review, new analysis has revealed.

Think tank warns future is 'bleak' for adult social care services

14/12/2015

Councils that rely most on unpaid carers will be able to raise the least from the social care council tax precept, new research is warning.

New beginnings

04/12/2015

This Spending Review was not just about public finances. It was an opportunity for the chancellor to set out his vision for the state over the rest of the decade, writes Dr Jonathan Carr-West.

Home delivery – The Spending Review and housing

02/12/2015

Bob Pritchard considers how the intervention of metro mayors in the planning system may help unlock stalled developments.

Clark stresses spending review was 'good result' for local government

01/12/2015

The spending review was a 'very good result for local government', according to communities secretary Greg Clark.

Spending Review: Digital, digital, digital

30/11/2015

With the word 'digital' being mentioned 58 times in the spending review document, Phil Gibson explores how technology can help local government deliver services in new ways.

Driving the devolution revolution

27/11/2015

Tiffany Cloynes outlines some of the pertinent housing points raised in this week's spending review.

Government cuts set to hit ‘poor working families’

27/11/2015

Low-income working households on Universal Credit will lose £1,300, according to the Resolution Foundation.

Spending Review: Chancellor's social care plans met with scepticism

26/11/2015

The chancellor's announcement yesterday that councils will be able to levy a 2% social care precept on tax to cover social care costs and access an extra £1.5bn to pool budgets has been met with scepticism.

Spending Review: Warning that councils at financial tipping point

26/11/2015

Non-statutory council services are ‘seriously at risk’ from being axed, the local government sector has warned following yesterday’s spending review.

Spending Review: Osborne pushes councils to ‘draw on reserves’

25/11/2015

George Osborne has urged councils to ‘draw on reserves’ to improve local services, while gifting greater freedom over asset sales.

Spending Review: Osborne accused of 'dodgy arithmetic'

25/11/2015

Chancellor George Osborne’s Spending Review introduced of a 2% precept on council tax for social care, an increase in house building and further cash for infrastructure.

Spending Review: Osborne to phase out council-run schools

25/11/2015

Local authority-run schools will be a ‘thing of the past’, the chancellor announced in his spending review today.

Spending Review: Councils promised package of new powers

25/11/2015

Chancellor George Osborne has recommitted to a ‘devolution revolution’ in today’s Spending Review though he failed to announce any further deals.

Spending Review: Osborne U-turns on controversial tax credit cuts

25/11/2015

George Osborne has made a complete U-turn on planned tax-credit cuts, but vowed he would still deliver £12bn reductions to welfare spending.

Spending Review: Osborne doubles housing budget

25/11/2015

The country’s ‘biggest affordable house building programme since the 1970s’ has been unveiled in today’s spending review by the chancellor.

Spending Review: Social care tax funding branded ‘smoke and mirrors’

25/11/2015

Councils will be able to levy a 2% social care precept on tax to cover social care costs and access an extra £1.5bn to pool budgets.

Spending Review: Osborne creates £250m local pothole fund

25/11/2015

Chancellor George Osborne made transport investment a major plank of his spending plans once again, with a range of local commitments including an eye-catching £250m local pothole fund.

Spending Review: Local authorities to retain 100% of business rates

25/11/2015

Local authorities will be able to retain 100% of their business rates, the chancellor announced in today's Spending Review.

Spending Review: Local government set for further cuts

25/11/2015

Local government is bracing itself for a further squeeze on its budgets when the chancellor announces his spending plans later today.

Scottish services face billions of pounds of cuts

24/11/2015

Scottish public services could face billions of pounds of cuts following tomorrow’s Spending Review, according to IPPR Scotland.

Scottish councils warn of service and jobs cuts

23/11/2015

Scottish councils are facing half a billion pounds of financial pressures in the next financial year, council bosses are warning.

Twas the week before Spending Review

19/11/2015

With the Spending Review just one week away, Peter Stuart discusses what councils might have on their Christmas lists this year.

The social care system is facing a ‘financial black hole’

10/11/2015

Over half of disabled people using social care can’t get the support they need due to a ‘financial black hole’ in funding, according to Scope.

Chancellor pledges £100bn in infrastructure spending

30/10/2015

Chancellor George Osborne has committed to £100bn in infrastructure spending by 2020 to ‘get Britain building’.

Danny Alexander to give keynote speech at Future North event

22/10/2015

Danny Alexander, treasury chief secretary from 2010-2015, is a keynote speaker at The MJ's first Future North event next month in Leeds, on November 26 where he will deliver his views on the chancellor's Spending Review announced the previous day.

Councils can 'double savings' if Government invests in prevention

14/10/2015

For every £1 spent on programmes to keep people healthy almost double could be saved for the public purse within five years, a new report by the Local Government Association (LGA) has found.

Social care funding cuts puts elderly and disabled people 'at risk'

12/10/2015

Urgent steps are required to plug the gap in social care funding, warn local government leaders and directors of adult social care.

Camden calls for rethink over ‘disproportionate cuts’

22/09/2015

Camden Council has urged ministers to implement fairer local government funding, warning planned cutbacks are ‘unsustainable’.

‘Fairer funding and powers’ will unlock £80bn boost to economy, says LGA

21/09/2015

Shifting power and funding to local areas will boost England’s economy by at least £80bn, according to council leaders.

Row erupts over council's £86,000 new image

17/09/2015

A fierce row has broken out over a north London council spending £86,000 on a rebranding exercise.

Cameron to promise more devolution

11/09/2015

David Cameron will promise more devolution in a speech today outlining the Government’s approach to the autumn Spending Review.

Councils warn of reaching financial ‘tipping point’

04/09/2015

Councils across the country have warned they must make savings ‘significantly’ more than originally planned, and are bracing themselves for further cuts following the upcoming spending review.

Report: door is open to a progressive spending review

01/09/2015

Chancellor George Osborne could deliver a progressive spending review that invests in public services without compromising his pledge to eliminate the deficit, according to a leading think tank.

Spending review must tackle £10bn of unfunded council costs

01/09/2015

Councils will face around £10bn of unfunded costs over the next five years, according to analysis by the Local Government Association.

Spending review will put 'everyday transport' at risk say campaigners

20/08/2015

Local transport will face disproportionate levels of cuts in the upcoming spending review, according to warnings from transport groups.

Councils warned they could face 40% extra spending cuts

22/07/2015

The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has been warned it could face further budget cuts of up to 40%, when the 2015 spending review is published in November this year.

Report calls for clear devolution timetable

23/03/2015

An independent commission should be set up by Government to ensure the timely and transparent devolution of power from Whitehall to cities, a think tank is urging.

The fantasy world of parties’ spending pledges

13/02/2015

Treasury select committee report on Autumn Statement is a sober reminder of the fiscal reality that belies pre-election spending pledges.

Capital winners from next Spending Review forecast

05/02/2015

Whitehall departments with large capital budgets are set to emerge as relative winners from the next full spending review, public finance experts have claimed.

Experts warn about 'flaw' in Barnett formula

12/11/2014

Scotland has benefited from a £1bn funding boost because of the ‘flawed’ way in which civil servants applied the controversial Barnett funding formula to English business rates, public finance experts have calculated.

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