Spending review

MPs launch inquiry into local government finance


An inquiry examining what approach Whitehall should take to funding local government as part of upcoming spending review has been launched by MPs.

Coronavirus leads to scrapping of three-year Spending Review


Plans to create a three-year settlement for public spending have been abandoned as latest figures show the havoc coronavirus is wreaking on the public finances.

Streamline local government under plans to save £30bn a year, think tank argues


Streamlining local government and selling off high-value council properties could save billions every year, according to a think tank.

Coastal areas call for £1bn to decarbonise the maritime sector


Local coastal leaders have called on the chancellor to invest £1bn to completely decarbonise the maritime sector.

Fragmented council funding risks to value for money, report warns


The increasing fragmentation in council funding ‘undermines central government’s understanding of service delivery’ and ‘risks impeding value for money,’ a report has warned.

Councils key to levelling up agenda, says report


Local government must have adequate funding to level-up deprived English towns, according to new research.

Government launches Spending Review


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

Council planning powers under threat


Planning powers could be shifted from local authorities to development corporations as part of an economic stimulus package to be announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson later this month.

Fair Funding Review delayed until next year


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


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'


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


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


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


Chancellor Sajid Javid has confirmed the date of the fast-tracked Spending Round announced earlier this month.

Councils face more funding uncertainty


‘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


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

Counties publish five-point plan for local government


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'


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


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


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


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'


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


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


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

Spending review: Councils braced for further austerity


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


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


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


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’


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’


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


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


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


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

Northamptonshire CC issues second emergency spending ban


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


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

Counties call for pre-spending review cash injection


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


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


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


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

Views from the top on the digital revolution


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


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

‘Vindictive’ Tory cuts hit Labour authorities hardest


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

The truth about transformation


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


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


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


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


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


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

Spending Review: Digital, digital, digital


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


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

Government cuts set to hit ‘poor working families’


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


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


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’


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'


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


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


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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'


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’


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


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


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

Cameron to promise more devolution


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’


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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