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Core Cities' £28bn Shared Prosperity Fund warning

26/09/2019

The proposed UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) must be worth at least £28bn over seven years if the UK is to deliver its devolved policy objectives, a leading sector body has warned.

Finance settlement has 'gravest implications'

09/10/2018

Councils have dismissed today’s Welsh Government’s finance settlement as a ‘bread and butter budget’ in which town halls ‘get the crumbs again’.

EXCLUSIVE: Future of new homes bonus cast in doubt

04/10/2018

The future of the £7bn New Homes Bonus is in doubt, after Treasury ministers revealed they believe the policy has failed.

Welfare support has 'collapsed' for many in England

19/09/2018

One in six top-tier councils are not providing vital welfare services devolved to them just as the sector’s budget cuts hit hard.

Auditors warn councils over debt chasing

06/09/2018

Funding pressures in local government could mean councils are pursuing debt repayments ‘too quickly and too aggressively,’ a report by national auditors suggested today.

Crunch time for municipal bonds

23/08/2018

The struggling Municipal Bonds Agency has pleaded for councils to ‘pull behind us’ amid warnings it could run out of money before issuing a bond.

Ministers to 'super charge' LEP performance

24/07/2018

Ministers have published plans to ‘super charge’ the performance and accountability of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) following a review.

Working homeless figures soar over five years

23/07/2018

The number of families described as ‘working homeless’ has soared over the past five years, housing charity Shelter has warned.

Brokenshire considering new devolution models

10/07/2018

James Brokenshire is considering new models of devolution as he seeks to extend further powers to local areas, the communities secretary has insisted.

Fresh finance warning for Northamptonshire County Council

18/06/2018

Northamptonshire CC’s finance director has issued an early warning the county already risks missing key savings targets that enabled it to agree a legal budget.

Councils take key Prevent strategy role

30/05/2018

Councils have been handed administrative control of the controversial Prevent counter-terror strategy, The MJ has learned.

Northampton unitary plan falls

15/05/2018

The tight timeframe for reorganising local government across Northamptonshire claimed its first victim this week despite ministers’ decision to extend the consultation period.

Brokenshire announces Northamptonshire commissioners

09/05/2018

New local government secretary James Brokenshire has today announced the two commissioners appointed to help rescue troubled Northamptonshire CC.

Northants to have improvement board

02/05/2018

Northamptonshire CC will establish an improvement board that will work closely with government commissioners to improve the county’s finances and governance ahead of reorganisation.

Whitehall grabs £875m Right to Buy receipts

25/04/2018

Labour has demanded immediate Right to Buy (RTB) reforms after figures obtained by The MJ revealed the amount councils lose to Whitehall under the regime.

Councils plan largest council tax rise in 13 years

28/03/2018

Council Tax levels will increase by an average of 5.1% across England in 2018/19, the largest rise for 13 years, ministers have confirmed.

Javid plans intervention into crisis-hit Northants

27/03/2018

Local government secretary Sajid Javid has bowed to the inevitable and outlined plans for commissioners to run Northamptonshire CC amid concerns over the county’s sustainability.

Welsh Government in new push for larger councils

20/03/2018

Local government in Wales is facing a radical overhaul, with ministers consulting on plans to create ‘larger, stronger councils’.

Javid orders review after second council payment error

20/03/2018

The Government has ordered a review after being forced to admit a second mistake in as many months in the way it calculates council payments.

Fears raised over £2bn emergency care fund 'crisis spending'

15/03/2018

Most emergency social care cash has been spent on tackling immediate crises, a new study has found.

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Challenging rateable values

Roger Messenger calls on councils to assess their entire property portfolio and identify every business rate exemption or relief they may be entitled to.
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