We need to talk about the state of the state
We are trying to pay for public services with a tax system based on property and full-time employment as we shift to online shopping and the gig economy, writes Heather Jameson.
A new season for London's devolution
John O'Brien says it is too early to tell whether London's latest devolution development has any wider significance for the Government’s approach to the agenda.
Will the figures actually add up?
Michael Burton looks at key public finance issues highlighted in the Institute for Fiscal Studies' post-Budget briefing.
The Budget reaffirms the need for fiscal freedom
Bob Neill examines the details of the chancellor’s Budget and looks at why local government needs more fiscal devolution.
Evaluating rate revaluations
Alex Jones urges the Government to move quickly to ensure the business rates system is fairer, more accurate and less volatile.
Where next for council budgets under siege?
Government policies have done little to ease budget pressures. Norma Atlay asks whether it is time to review the councillor-to-electorate ratio.
Capital health devo deal delayed
Plans to announce further health devolution to London this week have been pushed back by Number 10, The MJ understands.
Setting a strategy for the finance revolution
Local authorities must not wait for further details on business rates retention before developing their strategy, writes Jo Killian.
Budget 2017: A gimmick-free budget from 'Mr Spreadsheet'
The chancellor's Budget gives extra cash for care, but there are no major surprises in store, says Michael Burton.
Budget 2017: Chancellor announces rescue package for care
Chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled his final Spring Budget, offering a £2bn cash boost for social care in a bid to rescue councils from the care crisis.
Budget 2017: Hammond announces £2bn social care cash
Chancellor Philip Hammond has promised additional grant funding of £2bn over the next three years in an attempt to plug England’s social care budget gap.
Budget 2017: Councils to bid for £690m congestion fund
Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a major local funding boost to tackle congestion in his first Budget, with a £690m competitive fund for English councils to get local networks moving.
Budget 2017: Funding for new wave of free schools
Chancellor Philip Hammond has today confirmed a £320m funding package to build 110 new free schools.
Budget 2017: Capital handed new devolution powers
The Budget has boosted devolution to the capital with new powers handed down to London.
Budget 2017: Hammond announces £435m business rate package
Local authorities will be able to access a £300m fund in order to ease business rate revaluation challenges in their local areas, chancellor Philip Hammond has announced.
Gearing up for the rate debate
James Maker outlines the importance of county authorities in achieving a balanced business rate system and looks ahead to the contentious debate about tier-splits.
Budget plea for children's services cash
Chancellor Phillip Hammond should not ignore over-stretched children’s services in tomorrow’s Budget, a charity has urged.
Temporary accommodation bill revealed
A ‘chronic shortage’ of affordable housing is forcing local authorities to spend £2m a day on temporary accommodation for homeless families, council leaders have warned.
Hammond comes under renewed pressure on social care
Chancellor Philip Hammond has come under renewed pressure to invest fresh cash into adult social care in this week’s Budget.
An emergency shot in the arm for local health and care
However controversial, reconfiguring hospitals is the right policy direction to resurrect health and social care, writes Robert Pollock. But policy is only credible if backed up by the resources and capability to deliver it.