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The Government must improve oversight and transparency over local authorities to ensure their financial sustainability, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said.
The number of public bodies in England with weak financial plans is ‘unacceptably high,’ the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.
Ministers have played down the prospect of a widespread crackdown on councils that borrow for commercial reasons.
Work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd has delayed the next phase of the Universal Credit (UC) rollout amid ongoing concerns over the controversial system.
Councils would be required to consult residents before cutting down trees in urban areas under Government plans.
Councils have reacted angrily to ‘short-sighted’ cuts to public health funding next year by the Government.
Whitehall is considering a crackdown on councils that excessively borrow for commercial reasons as it continues to restrict council tax rises.
Former chancellor George Osborne has voiced sympathy with Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson’s decision to quit the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.
Today's provisional local government finance settlement has been delayed – just weeks after Whitehall agreed to bring it forward and fix a date.
Northamptonshire CC will be allowed to use £70m in capital receipts to plug its financial black hole, local government secretary James Brokenshire has ruled.