• Council rejects tax freeze offer

    23 February 2024

    Argyll and Bute Council has become the first to reject the Scottish Government’s council tax freeze.

  • Brum proposes £300m cuts

    20 February 2024

    Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council will cut spending on services by £300m to balance its books.

  • Local government needs a 10 year plan for renewal

    19 February 2024

    Jessica Studdert says: 'Whether or not future growth enables overall spending to rise, Treasury calculations should recognise the value of the local safety net as foundational for all other services to function effectively and less reactively.'

  • Plymouth told to 'hold its nerve' on budget

    19 February 2024

    Plymouth City Council’s budget for the forthcoming year hinges on a request to the Government for a capitalisation direction.

  • Cheshire East seeks £18m capitalisation direction

    15 February 2024

    Cheshire East Council has become the latest council to approach the Government for ‘exceptional financial support’ in a bid to avoid a section 114 notice.

  • Reform's opportunities and threats

    13 February 2024

    Some areas of reform could present as a financial threat for some councils, but be the opposite for others, says Tracy Bingham.

  • No one forgets financial decisions have real people at the heart of them

    06 February 2024

    Adele Taylor says: 'As officers in local government we know we have to provide politically neutral and professional advice, but we also need to recognise the challenge our politicians face.'

  • Tackling homelessness

    05 February 2024

    Homelessness is piling pressure on squeezed council budgets. The MJ and the National Audit Office teamed up to bring council chief executives and senior managers together in Manchester to get under the skin of the issue. Paul Marinko reports.

  • Time for a fightback

    05 February 2024

    Political parties think the general public doesn’t care about councils, which is why, electorally, they are not on the agenda – but they’re wrong, says Sarah Longlands.

  • Councils push back budgets

    05 February 2024

    Uncertainties over funding have forced councils to push back their budget-setting with the deadline looming.

  • Starting over with Total Place

    29 January 2024

    Born out of attempts to streamline services and cut costs across the public sector, Total Place captured the imagination of the sector before falling victim to a poltical shift. Is it time to revisit it, asks Heather Jameson.

  • Pooling together

    29 January 2024

    As New Local launches a paper proposing place-based pooled budgets across public services, Jessica Studdert argues for the need to revisit Total Place principles.

  • The Hunt for cash

    23 January 2024

    The Treasury has asked an internal team of experts to hunt down potential extra cash for local government, The MJ understands.

  • Hollowed out local government sets off a downward spiral

    22 January 2024

    'It is time to move the debate on from platitudes and tinkering with year-to-year budgets to the wholesale reform of the financial powers available to local government', says Mo Baines.

  • Creative vision for Haringey

    17 January 2024

    Haringey has appointed two leaders with a strong background in the creative world into the director of culture and creativity role as a job share. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Auditor's 'significant concerns' over Dudley finances

    15 January 2024

    Dudley MBC has received a withering verdict on its finances from external auditor Grant Thornton as it attempts to stave off a section 114 notice.

  • North Northants leader warns of ‘robust action’ to stem budget crisis

    12 January 2024

    The leader of North Northamptonshire Council has banned all but essential spending in an urgent bid to solve the authority’s budget pressures.

  • Thurrock avoids 10% council tax hike

    12 January 2024

    Cash-strapped Thurrock Council has pledged residents will not face a 10% council tax rise – but still needs to confirm how much extra they must pay.

  • Somerset in capitalisation request amid ‘financial emergency’

    10 January 2024

    Somerset Council is to seek a capitalisation direction and permission to raise council tax by up to 10% as it attempts to stave off a section 114 notice.

  • Birmingham faces 10% council tax hike

    10 January 2024

    Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council could raise council tax by 10% if the Government gives its finance plan the go-ahead.