County councils in England have called for a ‘new deal’ during the current Parliament, including devolved powers akin to those held by Britain’s major cities.
N. Ireland is set to receive new devolved powers as part of the £1bn deal between the minority Conservative government and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
The wide variation in the way councils use deferred payments for social care costs could put the Conservative’s new plans on ‘shaky foundations’, a former minister has warned.
Councils cannot be complacent and must continue to invest in cyber-security to cope with the sort of attack that paralysed NHS IT systems, experts have warned.
The funding deficit of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) has fallen to £37bn from £47bn in three years, according to its latest valuation.
Several well-known councillors have begun campaigns to move into Westminster.
Local government big hitters have voiced concerns about the accountability, effectiveness and necessity of the incoming combined authority mayors.
Spending on local services such as bin collections, parks, roads and libraries has fallen by £3.1bn between 2010/11 and 2015/16, new research has revealed.
Councils are facing a fresh risk of NHS fines for ‘bed-blocking’ as health bodies struggle to hit new Treasury targets to reduce deficits.
Plans to roll out 100% business rates retention from April 2019 have been thrown into the air by the calling of the General Election.