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Council rejects tax freeze offer

23/02/2024

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

Tower Hamlets faces Best Value inspection

22/02/2024

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

Voter ID legal challenge launched

19/02/2024

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

Plymouth told to 'hold its nerve' on budget

19/02/2024

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

15/02/2024

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

Croydon to wind down Brick by Brick

12/02/2024

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

09/02/2024

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

Statutory recommendations lifted at Sandwell

08/02/2024

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

Audit 'backstops' could become permanent

06/02/2024

‘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

05/02/2024

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

05/02/2024

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'

02/02/2024

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

Councils urged to review ‘excessive’ pensions contributions

26/01/2024

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

Clampdown threat to diversity programmes

24/01/2024

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

Levelling up must continue, urges think-tank

22/01/2024

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

22/01/2024

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

19/01/2024

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

MPs criticise ‘glacial’ progress of levelling up projects

16/01/2024

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

Auditor's 'significant concerns' over Dudley finances

15/01/2024

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

12/01/2024

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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