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Council set to discuss £500,000 loan to support EV battery production

17/09/2021
Coventry City Council is to discuss a £500,000 loan to help the new UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) take on new business.

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Funding boost to train staff on early language and numeracy skills

06/09/2021

A £10m funding boost to improve early language and numeracy skills will be awarded to an additional 50 local authorities, the Government has confirmed.

Government set to hike NI to pay for care and health

03/09/2021

Government is set to plough ahead with plans to raise national insurance to fund health and social, with an announcement expected next week.

COVID welfare claimants seen as more deserving than pre-pandemic claimants

02/09/2021

New research has revealed that COVID-19 benefit claimants are seen as much more deserving of welfare support than pre-pandemic claimants.

Council signs £67m deal to deliver affordable housing

01/09/2021

An insurer of benefit pension funds has completed a multi-million-pound deal with the London Borough of Bromley to help deliver affordable housing.

Business rates system 'discourages shift to net zero'

31/08/2021

Small firms have written to the Government warning that the business rates system is a disincentive to invest in net zero and employee wellbeing measures.

Jenrick announces nearly £9bn housing boost

31/08/2021

The Government has committed £8.6bn of investment in order to boost the provision of affordable housing across the country.

Welsh Government looks at holiday home reforms

26/08/2021

Holiday home owners in Wales could be charged the full amount of business rates amid claims people are being priced out of their local area.

Khan pledges Afghan resettlement help

26/08/2021

The Mayor of London has pledged funding to help councils resettle Afghan refugees.

Universal Credit cuts to force two million people into debt

26/08/2021

Government plans to cut Universal Credit this October could push 2.3 million people into the red, Citizens Advice warns.

Over a third of the most deprived areas will not benefit from Levelling Up Fund

25/08/2021

More than a third of England’s most deprived areas will not benefit from the Government’s £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund, according to new Salvation Army research released today.

High Court grants permission for ‘Levelling Up Fund’ legal challenge

24/08/2021

The High Court has granted permission for a legal challenge to the ‘Levelling Up Fund’ after campaigners accused the Government of using the fund for political purposes.

£3bn gap looms for councils

24/08/2021

Councils in England, Wales and Scotland are grappling with huge budget deficits totalling more than £3bn for the next financial year, according to research published by trade union Unison today. 

Community-led housing groups given access to £4m fund

24/08/2021

The Government has launched a £4m fund to help community groups build homes in their neighbourhood.

Bids open for £160m fund to improve efficiency of social housing

23/08/2021

Social housing providers are being urged to bid for a share of £160m to create warmer, greener and cheaper homes for tenants.

Government announces £20m for Family Hubs

19/08/2021

Vulnerable families will benefit from a multi-million-pound investment to improve access to early education, health and care services, Government announces.

Colleges need extra £570m to deal with ‘immense resource challenges’

18/08/2021

The rising student numbers in colleges mean that an extra £570m will be required in 2022 to prevent a further fall in spending per student, think tank warns.

Retailers tell Government to fix ‘broken’ business rates system

10/08/2021

Retailers have urged the Government to reform the business rates system as part of the effort to help high streets recover from the pandemic.

Tax ‘loophole’ costs councils £110m

09/08/2021

New research suggests business rates relief for holiday lets is currently worth £110m a year.

Call to invest £600m to avoid 'bed blocking' this winter

06/08/2021

Council and health leaders are calling for £600m to free up thousands of hospital beds this winter.

London borough to see £85m investment in affordable housing

05/08/2021

A new £85m funding initiative will deliver up to 300 affordable housing units in Bromley.

Councils missing out on £110m a year due to holiday home tax break

05/08/2021

Councils are missing out on £110m a year in council tax income due to a loophole in the business rates system, new research has shown.

Sports funding essential to enable repeat of Team GB’s success, council chiefs say

04/08/2021

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to make the most of Team GB’s success at the Tokyo Olympics by investing in grassroots and community sport facilities.

Rural communities 'overlooked' in levelling-up funding, report finds

04/08/2021

The allocation of levelling up funding is 'overlooking' rural communities, a report has claimed today.

Changing Places toilet fund opens for bids

30/07/2021

Councils in England are being urged to apply for a share of £30m to install Changing Places toilets in public places and tourist attractions.

Government threatens borrowing cap return

29/07/2021

The Government has threatened to apply statutory borrowing caps on councils that continue to expose themselves to excessive risk.

Waste crime could be costing the UK nearly a billion pounds a year

23/07/2021

Waste-related crime is costing the country an estimated £1bn a year, a new report has found.

Chancellor facing 'difficult' spending review

21/07/2021

Public services could face a £17bn funding cut in the spending review, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned.

MPs call for urgent council finance reforms

19/07/2021

Councils should be given more flexibility to raise their own taxes and social care funding urgently needs to be reformed, MPs have said.

Small businesses took on five times more debt during pandemic

16/07/2021

Independent businesses offer placemakers an opportunity to create a unique experience but need the support of central and local government, report says.

Children’s services spending slashed in half, charities warn

15/07/2021

Council spending on crucial services that help stop children reaching crisis point has almost halved over the last decade, new research has revealed.

Local government funding cuts have ‘cost lives’, study warns

15/07/2021

Cuts in local government funding over recent years have cost lives and reduced life expectancy, academics have warned in a new study.

Reserves used to meet ‘avalanche of need’

14/07/2021

A third of councils have resorted to using reserves to meet adult social care overspends, an extensive survey has found.

Over £1bn road investment could prevent 11,000 injuries

13/07/2021

A new study has calculated that investment packages totalling £1.4bn could prevent over 11,000 fatal and serious injuries on the roads over the next two decades.

Committee calls for urgent consultation on UK Shared Prosperity Fund

12/07/2021

Local authorities in Scotland should be consulted on how much funding they will receive under the new UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), MPs have said.

Coalition calls for reforms to ‘flawed’ apprenticeship levy

09/07/2021

The Government has been urged to make urgent reforms to the apprenticeship levy by a coalition by local government and major employers in London.

20 years of economic interventions have failed to help poorest communities, report warns

07/07/2021

The last 20 years of local economic interventions have consistently failed to address the inequalities across the UK’s most deprived communities, a new report has warned today.

Funding formula has shifted money from most deprived schools, watchdog warns

02/07/2021

Funding for deprived schools has shifted towards more wealthier schools, the public spending watchdog has warned today.

BREAKING: Slough becomes second council to issue Section 114 in a year

01/07/2021

Slough Council has become the second local authority in less than a year to issue a dreaded Section 114 notice.

Eight councils to undergo independent financial reviews

01/07/2021

Eight councils granted ‘exceptional support’ from the Government are to undergo independent reviews of their finances.

Special needs deficits to grow to £1.3bn in two years

30/06/2021

A ‘spiralling deficit’ in special educational needs services (SEN) is expected to grow to an ‘unmanageable’ £1.3bn in just two years’ time, county councils have warned.

Treasury launches consultation for business rates revaluations every three years

30/06/2021

Business rates revaluations could take place more frequently to better reflect changing economic conditions under proposals unveiled by the Government.

‘Left behind’ areas receive less targeted funding, research reveals

29/06/2021

England's 'left behind' neighbourhoods receive less than half the charitable grants of other equally deprived places, new research has shown.

CIPFA to publish strengthened local government Prudential Code

25/06/2021

A new code of practice to ensure local authorities’ financial plans are 'affordable, prudent and sustainable' will be published by the end of the year.

Council tax debt rises to £4.4bn

24/06/2021

Council tax debt increased by £841m last year due to the pandemic reducing or delaying recovery action, official figures have shown.

Councils receive extra £160m to support struggling families

23/06/2021

Councils will receive an extra £160m to help struggling families with food and utility bills.

Seven people charged following missing £10.25m council loan

22/06/2021

Seven people have been charged in connection with a missing £10.25m council loan to Northampton Town FC.

Councils highlight role of libraries in national recovery from COVID-19

21/06/2021

Councils are warning investment in libraries is crucial to help children catch up on lost learning and support local communities post-pandemic.

Councils levy over £1m fines for COVID offences

18/06/2021

Councils have issued over £1m in fines to businesses for COVID offences, an investigation has unveiled.

Sunak announces launch of UK Infrastructure Bank

17/06/2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak today announced the launch of a UK Infrastructure Bank which the Government argues will help level up the country by funding infrastructure projects.

Councils can issue traffic fines from December

15/06/2021

Powers to enforce moving traffic offences will not be extended to local authorities in England outside London until the end of the year, a Department for Transport (DfT) minister has said.

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