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Council rejects tax freeze offer


Argyll and Bute Council has become the first to reject the Scottish Government’s council tax freeze.

Tower Hamlets faces Best Value inspection


A Best Value inspection is to take place at Tower Hamlets LBC, the Government has announced.

Voter ID legal challenge launched


A legal challenge has been mounted against the Government over voter ID requirements for elections.

Plymouth told to 'hold its nerve' on budget


Plymouth City Council’s budget for the forthcoming year hinges on a request to the Government for a capitalisation direction.

REVEALED: Productivity plan demands toothless


Councils have been told Whitehall will be unable to force them to submit productivity plans.

Croydon to wind down Brick by Brick


Croydon LBC’s mayor is set to give the go-ahead to officially wind down the council’s development firm Brick by Brick.

Consultation on audit reset proposals launched


Proposals to reset the local audit system and clear the backlog of accounts have been officially unveiled.

Statutory recommendations lifted at Sandwell


Auditors have lifted the three statutory recommendations in place at Sandwell MBC.

Audit 'backstops' could become permanent


‘Backstop’ dates designed to reset the local audit system could become a ‘permanent feature,’ the Government has admitted.

Dover issues s114 warning over funding withdrawal


A council could be at risk of issuing a section 114 notice if it is left to shoulder the costs of port biosecurity checks.

Gove sheds light on productivity plans


Michael Gove has released further details of the Government's productivity plans, including a clampdown on consultants and diversity schemes.

Scotland’s homelessness system 'at risk of failure'


Scotland’s homelessness system is on the brink of collapse, according to the country’s housing watchdog.

Councils urged to review ‘excessive’ pensions contributions


Councils should review ‘excessive’ pensions contributions to help ease the sector’s financial pressures, new analysis has found.

Clampdown threat to diversity programmes


The Government is to clampdown on diversity programmes as part of a drive to ‘reduce wasteful expenditure’.

Levelling up must continue, urges think-tank


Efforts to level up the country and devolve more powers to local government should continue following the General Election, a think-tank has urged.

Concern over waste reform costs


Fears have been raised that more financial pressures could be heaped on councils as a result of waste reforms.

‘Bad health blackspots’ hold back growth


Stark health inequalities are holding back economic growth, new research has found.

MPs criticise ‘glacial’ progress of levelling up projects


Mandarins from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities faced the Public Accounts Committee.

Auditor's 'significant concerns' over Dudley finances


Dudley MBC has received a withering verdict on its finances from external auditor Grant Thornton as it attempts to stave off a section 114 notice.

Audit reset to trigger slew of qualified and disclaimed opinions


The auditor general has warned of qualified and disclaimed audits being issued ahead of a reset to take place later this year.

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