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Nearly 500,000 new Universal Credit claims made in nine days

26/03/2020
A think tank has warned that the UK is in the midst of an unemployment crisis as 477,000 new Universal Credit (UC) claims are made in nine days.

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Councils to be fully funded for coronavirus costs

18/03/2020

Councils in England will be fully funded for implementing measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, the chancellor has confirmed.

Emergency funding to help rough sleepers self-isolate

18/03/2020

Councils will be reimbursed the cost of helping homeless people self-isolate to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Budget 2020: Sunak reveals spending spree for first budget

11/03/2020

New chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a Budget to end austerity, boost productivity and tackle the problems created by coronavirus.  

Budget 2020: Mayoral authorities win big in transport

11/03/2020

The Government has unveiled £4.2bn for urban transport as part of its spring budget giveaways.

Budget: £27bn for national roads and £2.5bn for potholes

11/03/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) will spend over £27bn between 2020 and 2025 and pledged an extra £2.5bn for local road maintenance in the Budget.

Budget 2020: Flood-hit areas to share £200m defence fund

11/03/2020

The money will go to 25 areas based on criteria including repeated flooding.

Over £30bn annual investment needed to reach net zero by 2050

09/03/2020

An estimated £33bn of investment is needed every year for the next three decades if the Government is to meet its carbon emissions target of net zero by 2050.

Home Office extends funding for EU Settlement Scheme

09/03/2020

Local authorities will be allowed to bid for a share of £8m to help vulnerable people apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Council tax to rise by 3.7% on average

06/03/2020

The average council tax bill is set to increase by 3.7% in 2020/21, new analysis has revealed.

Councils face £6.5bn funding gap by 2025

06/03/2020

Local services are facing a £6.5bn funding gap over the next five years, town hall chiefs have warned today.

Councils and teachers call for over £5bn of extra school funding

05/03/2020

Local authorities, parents and teachers have joined forces to call on the Government to increase school funding by £5.5bn.

Devolve power to mayor’s office to deliver ‘green investment’ for London, report says

04/03/2020

A study has called for the devolution of power to mayor of London’s office and the creation of a ‘taskforce’ to deliver investment London needs to decarbonise.

Councils report 'huge overspends' on social care

04/03/2020

More than eight out of ten councils overspent on children's social care last year, with nearly half (47%) spending more than their adult social care budget, new figures have shown.

North of Tyne mayor announces nearly £20m funding package to ‘boost’ business

03/03/2020

The mayor of North of Tyne has announced a £19.75m funding package to support business growth and innovation.

Council chiefs warn of ‘chronic need’ for bridge repair funding

02/03/2020

Local leaders have said there is a ‘chronic need’ for investment in local roads in response to a report on the number of substandard road bridges in Britain.

Council votes for climate change referendum

02/03/2020

Warwick DC has voted to hold a referendum on a 34.2% rise in its share of council tax to fund a climate emergency action programme.

Councils awarded share of £93m fund to repair potholes

02/03/2020

Local authorities are to be awarded a share of a multi-million pound funding pot to repair roads and bridges, the Government has announced.

Council chiefs warn social care company debts are putting children's care ‘at risk’

27/02/2020

Six of the 10 largest independent groups of providers of children’s care had more debts and liabilities than tangible assets last year, council leaders say.

PM announces extra £236m to tackle rough sleeping

27/02/2020

The Government has announced an extra £236m to help get rough sleepers off the street and will lead an ‘urgent review’ into what forces people to sleep rough.

Councils spend average of £2 per head on cycling infrastructure, study reveals

26/02/2020

Local authorities have spent on average just £2 per head of population per year on cycling infrastructure over the last ten years, new research reveals.

Minimum ‘basic’ income trial reports mixed results

26/02/2020

A pilot scheme assessing the impact of a minimum ‘basic’ income on poverty and inequality improves well-being but financial insecurities remain.

Jenrick announces over £49bn funding package for councils

25/02/2020

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed a multi-million pound funding package for councils in what the Government says is the ‘biggest real-terms increase in spending power in a decade’.

Financial pressures ‘biggest concern’ of school leaders

24/02/2020

A majority of school leaders who responded to Ofsted inspectors have warned that financial pressures are their ‘biggest concern’.

Public back local tourism taxes

24/02/2020

More than half of residents think councils should have the power to set a tourism levy, according to a new survey.

Councils overspent £3bn on children's social care in five years

21/02/2020

Demand and funding pressures have forced councils to overspend on children’s social care budgets by more than £3bn in the past five years, new analysis has revealed.

70,000 homes ‘at risk’ of having no flood insurance

21/02/2020

A think tank has warned that there are around 70,000 homes that are at risk of having no flood insurance because they are built in high-risk flooding zones.

Councils face £19bn funding gap by 2025

21/02/2020

Councils will face a funding shortfall of £19.1bn over the next five years despite planning council tax increases, new research has shown.

Government announces financial support for flood-hit areas

19/02/2020

The Government has announced councils in areas affected by recent flooding will receive grants to cover the cost of council tax and business rates reliefs.

Affordable housing in Wales to receive a £24m ‘boost’

18/02/2020

The Welsh government has announced that £24m is to be invested into building more affordable homes in Wales.

Scottish councils warn budget will 'devastate communities'

18/02/2020

Councils in Scotland have warned that efforts to tackle child poverty, climate change or deliver inclusive growth are at risk under the draft budget.

Extending support for refugees could save millions, research finds

18/02/2020

Helping new refugees for longer could help save the public purse millions of pounds every year, new research has revealed today.

Funding boost to end ‘postcode lottery’ of domestic abuse support

17/02/2020

Councils across England will share £16.6m funding to help provide services and support to survivors of domestic abuse.

Government activates emergency fund in the wake of Storm Dennis

17/02/2020

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick today activated the Government’s emergency financial assistance scheme for areas affected by Storm Dennis.

Barnet Council to appoint new pension fund

12/02/2020

Barnet Council’s policy and resources committee are set to approve the appointment of the West Yorkshire Pension Fund to administer its pension scheme.

Short-term approach to funding urban transport networks ‘inefficient’

12/02/2020

A transport group has warned that the ‘excessive reliance’ on short-term competition funding for transforming urban transport networks is ‘inefficient’.

Over 50,000 trees to be planted in urban areas

10/02/2020

More than 50,000 trees are to be planted in urban communities following the allocation of the first round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund.

Councils warn about 'hidden cuts' in Scottish Budget

06/02/2020

Council leaders have complained about ‘hidden cuts’ in a Scottish Budget that will deliver £11.3bn for council services in 2020/21.

Glasgow CC ‘successfully delivered’ £500m in equal pay claims, watchdog says

06/02/2020

Glasgow City Council has successfully delivered a project to finance £500m in equal pay claims, Scotland’s local authority watchdog says.

Plans outlined for Britain’s first all-electric bus town

06/02/2020

One local authority is set to receive £50m to become Britain’s first all-electric bus town.

Cuts force most councils to increase council tax and charges

05/02/2020

The majority of councils are planning on raising council tax and charging for services in 2020/21 in order to make ends meet, new research has revealed.

More than 200 local councils fail to publish audited accounts on time

05/02/2020

A third of town and community councils in Wales failed to publish their audited accounts on time, a report has warned today.

Kier takes over interim Birmingham contract

04/02/2020

Kier has been brought in to manage the 15-month interim highway services contract in Birmingham after Amey's failed PFI deal in the city.

Temporary accommodation industry worth £1.1bn

04/02/2020

An investigation has revealed that councils are spending £1.1bn on temporary accommodation every year, with 86% going to private landlords or companies.

Funding per pupil to ‘increase’, PM says

30/01/2020

Councils will be required by law to make sure every school receives the full amount of the minimum levels of funding pledged for each pupil, PM announces.

Auditors call for ‘clarity’ of privately financed contracts

29/01/2020

Auditors in Scotland have called for ‘more clarity’ when it comes to financing public infrastructure projects.

Councils sent back to drawing board on SEND

28/01/2020

Councils have been sent back to the drawing board after a quango ripped apart their plans to recover massive special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) deficits.

Seven out of 10 councils overspend on homelessness

28/01/2020

Seven out of 10 English councils overspent their homelessness budgets in 2018/19 by a combined total of nearly £115m, Local Government Association (LGA) analysis has found.

Rough sleeping programme gets £115m funding boost

28/01/2020

Funding for the Rough Sleeping Initiative will be increased by 30% this year to enable councils to deliver up to 6,000 new bed spaces.

Poorer areas to lose 'hundreds of millions' under proposed changes

27/01/2020

Former ‘red wall’ areas are to lose millions of pounds under the fair funding review, analysis by LGA Labour Group has found.

Funding doubles for residential charge points

21/01/2020

Funding for on-street charge points has been doubled to help end the ‘postcode lottery’ for the uptake of electric vehicles.

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Leaving nothing to chance

The ‘levelling-up’ Budget is era-defining and ambitious in scope – but we will have to wait until the summer Spending Review to understand the blueprint, says Localis’s Jonathan Werran.
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