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Councils have dismissed today’s Welsh Government’s finance settlement as a ‘bread and butter budget’ in which town halls ‘get the crumbs again’.
Kingston upon Thames LBC is expected to overspend by £4m this year after finding a third of planned savings may not be delivered on time.
The future of the £7bn New Homes Bonus is in doubt, after Treasury ministers revealed they believe the policy has failed.
One in six top-tier councils are not providing vital welfare services devolved to them just as the sector’s budget cuts hit hard.
Funding pressures in local government could mean councils are pursuing debt repayments ‘too quickly and too aggressively,’ a report by national auditors suggested today.
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.
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) face a race against time to reconfigure and register as legal entities, amid a threat from ministers to withhold growth fund cash.
Ministers have published plans to ‘super charge’ the performance and accountability of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) following a review.
The number of families described as ‘working homeless’ has soared over the past five years, housing charity Shelter has warned.
James Brokenshire is considering new models of devolution as he seeks to extend further powers to local areas, the communities secretary has insisted.