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Heritage projects given £100m funding boost

19/06/2019
The National Lottery has announced plans to hand out funding to big projects over the next three years totalling £100m.

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Malthouse announces £142m infrastructure investment

11/06/2019

Thousands of new homes will be built in two areas as a result of £142m investment in infrastructure, housing minister Kit Malthouse has announced.

Welsh public sector could lose up to £1bn a year to fraud

11/06/2019

Welsh public services could lose up to £1bn a year to fraud, a new report has warned today.

Councils exposed following Kier profit warning

06/06/2019

Local authorities are heavily exposed to struggling construction giant Kier which faced a huge fall in its share price this week, according to the latest figures.

NAO to wade into fair funding review

05/06/2019

The National Audit Office (NAO) is gearing up to scrutinise the Government’s divisive fair funding review, The MJ can reveal.

Cornwall secures Spaceport funding

05/06/2019

Cornwall is set to be home to Europe’s first 'horizontal launch' spaceport.

Mayor calls for creation of 'free trade zones' in city centres

05/06/2019

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has called for a 'wholesale review' of the business rates system to save struggling high streets.

Platform launches fund to help councils crowdsource for ‘green’ projects

04/06/2019

A finance platform has invited councils to apply for grants to pilot new Community Municipal Bonds for raising finance for 'green' infrastructure projects.

Government pays £15m to councils after business rate 'error'

03/06/2019

The Government may have to pay out up to £15m to councils after it made yet another error in its business rate pilot administration.

Khan launches £100m SME investment fund

31/05/2019

The mayor of London yesterday launched the largest ever fund for small and medium enterprises, which includes £14m to support the transition to a circular economy.

Campaigners deliver petition to tackle crisis in special needs education

31/05/2019

Teachers and campaigners have launched a call for more funds to pay for special needs education.

Council funding system ‘unsustainable’, financial experts warn

29/05/2019

Spending on local services has fallen over the last decade and the funding available to councils will become ‘inadequate’, according to financial experts.

Council tax is ‘regressive’, financial experts say

28/05/2019

Council tax hits the poorest residents much harder than it does the wealthiest, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Council tax guide published to protect ‘vulnerable’

28/05/2019

The Government has published a council tax guide to help protect ‘vulnerable households’.

British Steel’s financial troubles could cost councils nearly £3m

22/05/2019

Local authorities could lose £2.8m in business rates should British Steel go into administration, a real estate company has calculated.

Councils warn of ‘draconian’ cuts to cover £50bn funding gap

22/05/2019

Local authorities have warned that they may be forced to resort to the ‘bare minimum’ of service provision if no extra funding is made available.

£62m fund to regenerate historic high streets

20/05/2019

The culture secretary has said that a new £62m fund will ‘breathe new life’ into historic high streets across the country.

Fund launched to plant 130,000 urban trees

20/05/2019

The environment secretary Michael Gove has announced a £10m fund to help encourage the planting of over a hundred thousand trees in urban areas across England.

Council criticised for ‘sitting on’ £2.65m of developer contributions

17/05/2019

City of Edinburgh Council has been criticised for ‘sitting on’ £2.65m worth of contributions from the backers of large construction projects.

Council tax system needs 'fundamental reform'

16/05/2019

The council tax system is ‘highly regressive and unsustainable,’ and needs ‘fundamental reform,’ progressive think-tank IPPR has argued.

Grayling calls on councils to apply for green transport funding

16/05/2019

Chris Grayling has urged more local authorities to apply for funding earmarked for investment into ecologically sustainable transport projects.

Councils ‘in the dark’ over youth service funding

15/05/2019

Local authority leaders have warned that councils ‘remain in the dark’ over youth service funding that helps tackle knife crime and county lines drug dealing.

Councils call for extra funding to tackle illegal knife sales

15/05/2019

The prosecution fund to help councils tackle illegal knife sales needs urgent investment, town hall chiefs have warned.

Sixth form funding declines ‘substantially’, think tank warns

13/05/2019

Education funding for 16 to 19 year olds has ‘declined substantially’ over the last decade, new research has revealed.

Debenhams’ CVA to cost councils £8.5m in rates

13/05/2019

Local authorities are set to lose millions of pounds worth of business rates due to Debenhams financial difficulties, ratings experts say.

London council budgets slashed 17% over last decade

13/05/2019

London’s local authority budgets have dropped by nearly a fifth – or 17% – per head over the last eight years, a new study has revealed.

Malthouse launches £8.5m to support neighbourhood plans

13/05/2019

Minister of state for housing Kit Malthouse launched a multi-million pound fund at the weekend to help voluntary groups deliver thousands of discounted homes.

Councils raise £242m from parking permit applications

10/05/2019

Local authorities have raised hundreds of millions of pounds over the last three years thanks to applications for parking permits, according to a new study.

UK needs £1bn a year to combat flood threat

09/05/2019

A long-term strategy to ensure infrastructure is resilient to flooding and coastal change by 2050 has been unveiled today by the Environment Agency.

Whitehall launches £200m fund to replace unsafe cladding

09/05/2019

The Government has launched a £200m fund to help remove and replace unsafe cladding on privately owned high-rise buildings after campaigners raise awareness of the issue.

Council to save £143m after ending LOBO loan

07/05/2019

Newham Council is set to £143m after successfully terminating its Lender Option Borrower Option (LOBO) loans with NatWest bank.

Tree disease to cost economy £15bn

07/05/2019

Ash dieback will cost the UK economy £15bn, researchers have calculated.

Children’s homes face ‘delicate moment’, report reveals

03/05/2019

A report on the state of the children’s homes market has cautioned central and local government to ‘be mindful’ of the consequences of funding cuts.

Funding boost to help vulnerable rough sleepers

03/05/2019

More than 100 local authorities are to share £25m funding to help vulnerable rough sleepers to get specialist support.

Spending Review should put aside £3bn for children's services say MPs

30/04/2019

The Government needs to release at least £3bn of non-ring-fenced funding to local authorities to save children’s services from the ‘crisis’ they are in, MPs have said.

Think tank calls for per-mile London road charging

29/04/2019

A new report has called for London to move towards a new road user charging scheme that charges drivers on a per-mile basis.

Amount of unpaid council tax rises to £3bn

26/04/2019

The total amount of unpaid council tax has risen to more than £3bn, according to the latest figures.

Hopes for legislative backing behind new code

24/04/2019

An overhaul of financial management in councils could be enshrined in law, according to a consultation that stakeholders must respond to within days to influence.

Council spending on single homeless people falls by £1bn

24/04/2019

Councils have called on the Government to provide more help to tackle homelessness, following figures showing a drop in the amount they spend dealing with it.

Over 1,500 pubs close since controversial business rates revaluation

23/04/2019

Hundreds of local pubs closed down last year due to a ‘myriad of cost pressures’, new research reveals.

Homelessness charity wins £3.6m lottery grant

23/04/2019

A charity which helps people battling with homelessness, long-term unemployment and addiction is set to expand thanks to a grant from the national lottery.

A £3m fund launched to improve infrastructure procurement

18/04/2019

A £3m fund has been made available for pilot projects that explore new approaches to procurement in housing and council-led infrastructure construction.

Special needs provision in schools cut by over £1bn

16/04/2019

Children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities have lost out on £1.2bn of Government funding over the last four years.

Report calls for ‘fundamental review’ of council funding

15/04/2019

A new report has called for a review of local government funding in Scotland and argues there needs to be a fairer system of property taxes and environmental charges.

Councils call for extra funding to stop UK being flooded with unsafe products

15/04/2019

Council leaders have warned new national bodies are not the best way to protect the UK from unsafe products.

Council buys office to generate income

15/04/2019

South Cambridgeshire DC has made a £13m investment in a high-quality office building to generate an initial net return of around 5.6%.

Council chiefs call for investment in services young people ‘need’

12/04/2019

Local government leaders have welcomed the Government’s proposed youth charter, but insist investment in local services is what young people ‘want and need’.

Austerity 'could end at the Spending Review'

11/04/2019

There is a ‘genuine chance’ austerity will end at the Spending Review, according to upbeat director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Paul Johnson.

Scottish councils lose over £120m due to ‘weak’ financial controls

11/04/2019

Systems to prevent public money being lost to mistakes and fraud in local government ‘may be under strain’, Audit Scotland has warned.

Corbyn launches attack on fair funding review

11/04/2019

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has entered the debate over the fair funding review, claiming it ‘will make poorer areas even poorer’.

Wales champions council tax discounts for mentally impaired

10/04/2019

A new initiative will make it easier for people with a severe mental impairment to receive a council tax discount.

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