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Birmingham 'worse' than commissioners feared


The situation in Birmingham City Council is worse than commissioners expected, a report to the secretary of state has claimed.

Local government figures made peers


Local government has been recognised in the latest round of peerages, with two senior figures heading to the House of Lords. 

Birmingham faces 10% council tax hike


Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council could raise council tax by 10% if the Government gives its finance plan the go-ahead.

Croydon cleared of discrimination claims


Croydon LBC and its chief executive Katherine Kerswell have been cleared of allegations of racial discrimination by an employment tribunal.

Brum blame culture still 'largely unaddressed'


Birmingham City Council’s problems of governance and accountability are still ‘largely unaddressed’, despite some gains made by the authority.

Autumn Statement: Business rates measures to be fully funded


Plans to extend business rates relief will be fully funded for local authorities, the small print of the Autumn Statement has confirmed.

Expected devo boost in Autumn Statement


Seven counties are expected to be among a swathe of non-mayoral devolution deals being lined up by the Government.

Gove hints at autumn statement gifts


Levelling up secretary Michael Gove hinted Christmas may come early for councils when Jeremy Hunt unveils his autumn statement this week.

Britain faces 'highest tax raising parliament in history', CCN told


Britain currently has the ‘highest tax raising parliament in history’, a leading economist has pointed out.

Current climate making it ‘impossible’ for councils to carry on


Soaring demand, rising pay bills and inflationary costs are making it ‘virtually impossible’ to keep councils going, a senior chief executive has said.

s114 a 'last resort,' say finance experts


Section 114 notices should be a very last resort when all else fails, local government finance experts told a Solace Summit session.

Birmingham 'actively exploring' action against s151


Birmingham CC is ‘actively exploring’ action against its former director of council management Becky Hellard for her role in the collapse of the council.

LGA chief departs


Local Government Association chief executive Mark Lloyd will be leaving with immediate effect, the association has announced.

Birmingham commissioners revealed


The team tasked with turning round Birmingham City Council has been announced – including a former Labour minister and a serving council chief.

Southampton launches improvement board


Southampton City Council has formed its own voluntary improvement board as it battles budgetary pressures.

Give cities the power to boost growth, says Haldane


Giving city leaders new powers, including the ability to raise their own taxes, could boost UK economy by £100bn a year, former Bank of England economist says.

EXCLUSIVE: LGA chief under threat


The future of Local Government Association (LGA) chief executive Mark Lloyd today hangs in the balance as the new Labour-led regime considers changes.

Birmingham issues second section 114 notice


Birmingham City Council has issued a second section 114 notice as it has failed to come up with a plan to meet its equal pay liabilities.

Birmingham issues section 114 notice


The UK’s biggest local authority, Birmingham City Council, has issued a section 114 notice in the face of crippling financial problems.

EXCLUSIVE: Town hall resilience data to be increased


Data showing the finance resilience of councils is to be beefed up in the face of financial failures, finance experts have said.

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