Autumn Statement

  • Pension funds told to report annually on pooling progress

    17 May 2024

    Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds should report annually on progress against pooling and private equity investments, fresh guidance has said.

  • Sort out housing through invest-to-save

    07 May 2024

    As the sector's macro financial dilemma becomes more widely and better understood, so too should potential and credible solutions, says Tracy BIngham.

  • Blow to council hopes for cash boost

    23 April 2024

    The prospect of extra cash for councils has faded further with the latest public finance figures showing the UK borrowed more than expected last month.

  • The dead hand of centralism holds back productivity

    20 March 2024

    If councils had the tools, most if not all of them could by now have set fees to recover the full cost of a fast-track planning system, argues Ian Miller.

  • Desperately seeking a long-term diagnosis

    11 March 2024

    A successful economy needs to be built around world-class infrastructure  - and skilled, healthy people and public services are essential to the delivery of both, says Iain Murray.

  • Budget leaves councils in peril

    08 March 2024

    Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton says many will highlight that cuts in local government spending mean the return of austerity – ‘but council leaders will know that it never went away’.

  • Autumn’s big Statement

    08 January 2024

    Sir Bob Neill welcomes the Autumn Statement’s response to councils’ calls for action on the Local Housing Allowance but is concerned by what little there was on adult social care and looked-after children.

  • DWP fails to commit to continuing Household Support Fund

    08 January 2024

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has failed to commit to making the Household Support Fund (HSF) available to councils in 2024-25.

  • Sunak vows to keep public spending down

    08 January 2024

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has kicked off election year with a promise to keep public spending down and cut taxes.

  • The prospect of a decent settlement has since been dashed

    13 December 2023

    Most councils will have to make full use of the limited capacity within the council tax referendum limits, and it will be interesting to see how many approach the DLUHC to discuss Exceptional Financial Support, says Tracy Bingham.

  • No Christmas cheer from Gove the Grinch

    13 December 2023

    In a year that Michael Gove handed £1.9bn in departmental underspends back to the Treasury, and the Government gave the public a 2% cut in National Insurance, underfunding councils is a political choice, says Heather Jameson.

  • The dire state of local government finances risks undermining devolution

    12 December 2023

    'Failing to put local government finances on a sustainable footing could undermine the progress both parties have made towards devolving power to communities', says Zoë Billingham.

  • West Yorkshire’s economic promise

    11 December 2023

    West Yorkshire will host one of the Government’s investment zones. Andrew Vaux speaks to political and business leaders about what it means for the region.

  • Are we heading to a funding train crash?

    04 December 2023

    The District Councils’ Network 'seeks at least a 6% increase in core spending power for districts, including the ability to raise council tax by 5% or £10 – modest asks compared to what other types of council have received in the past or might receive for 2024', says Ian Miller.

  • No quick fix as challenges grow

    04 December 2023

    Ann McGauran reflects on last week’s NCAS conference, where the general mood was of determination despite a morale-testing lack of financial backing for the sector from the recent Autumn Statement.

  • Under pressure

    04 December 2023

    Pressures are increasing in every local authority he speaks to, but with the need to bear down on the cost of living still pressing, this is not the right time for a big rise in council tax, says Greg Clark.

  • Brighton’s finances in ‘perilous position’

    04 December 2023

    Brighton & Hove City Council’s finances are in an ‘extremely perilous position’, the local authority’s leader has warned.

  • Santa or the Grinch? No quick fix for fail finances

    29 November 2023

    Heather Jameson says: 'It all comes back to the same issues over and again for local government. The funding system is fundamentally broken.'

  • Autumn Statement: what lies behind the promises?

    28 November 2023

    Despite a few helpful announcements from the chancellor in relation to cost of living and hospitality the reality is the overall outlook for Westminster residents remains difficult, says Cllr Adam Hug.

  • Social care’s new dawn

    27 November 2023

    There are signs Whitehall is now starting to ‘get’ prevention and how to support people to stay out of hospital and residential care, says Beverley Tarka.