Budgets and efficiency

  • Northamptonshire library closures ruled 'unlawful'

    15 August 2018

    The decision to close 21 council-run libraries in Northamptonshire was made unlawfully, a court has ruled.


  • Pinch point

    15 August 2018

    The battle for extra cash is on as local government struggles to balance the books and councils struggle to survive. With a Spending Review and Budget to come, Heather Jameson looks at the immediate future for the sector.


  • Whiteman: NHS will benefit most from Spending Review

    09 August 2018

    Councils were this week warned not to expect a significant windfall in next spring’s Spending Review by the man who represents local government finance officers.


  • Children's services: the lives behind the numbers

    08 August 2018

    Behind talk of crisis and budget pressures are children, families and our workforce. It is time to speak loud about it, says Robin Tuddenham.


  • Participatory budgeting 'outstanding success'

    03 August 2018

    Independent research has found Dundee City Council’s participatory budgeting (PB) was an ‘outstanding success’ that should act as an inspiration to other local authorities.


  • London boroughs: Our SEND budgets are unsustainable

    30 July 2018

    Gerald Almeroth warns that councils in the capital are facing a growing shortfall in funding for children with special educational needs and disabilities.


  • Peers suggest senior management restructure

    25 July 2018

    Local Government Association peers have suggested there is an ‘opportunity to rethink’ Shropshire Council’s senior management structure.


  • Hammond’s big tax and spend dilemma

    24 July 2018

    Latest figures show borrowing continuing to fall, which is good news for Chancellor Philip Hammond as he prepares his autumn Budget. However the Office for Budget Responsibility’s analysis of the headwinds ahead paints a gloomy picture of the impact of age-related cost pressures. Michael Burton reports


  • Zahawi fails to commit to new funds

    23 July 2018

    Children’s minister Nadhim Zahawi has declined to support strict targets and fresh cash for early intervention work to reduce the number of kids in care.


  • Districts' ability to invest in infrastructure is curtailed by borrowing caps

    23 July 2018

    Cllr John Fuller argues for a new funding approach in the forthcoming spending review that retains current incentives as well as including a prevention precept.


  • A fork in the road to austerity

    18 July 2018

    Could CIPFA’s plans to create a financial resilience index for councils help rescue local government from further catastrophe? Nathan Elvery explains why he thinks a ‘traffic light’ rating could be heading down the wrong road.


  • Budget gap doubles at Lewisham

    17 July 2018

    Lewisham LBC’s budget gap has more than doubled following an ‘unprecedented’ overspend.


  • Council calls for asylum review

    16 July 2018

    Portsmouth City Council’s leader, Cllr Gerald Vernon Jackson, has urged a review of the system for local authorities dealing with unaccompanied children seeking asylum.


  • Somerset CC's leader denies Section 114 is 'on horizon'

    13 July 2018

    Somerset CC's leader, Cllr David Fothergill, has denied the council is about to issue a Section 114 notice and has promised the council will deliver a balanced budget.


  • Nottinghamshire leader steps up unitary push

    11 July 2018

    Nottinghamshire CC’s leader has stepped up her push for a unitary council to cover the county.


  • Funding call to end 'postcode lottery'

    11 July 2018

    MPs today called for more funds to help end a so-called postcode lottery for children’s services.


  • Goodwill hunting

    10 July 2018

    A new Localis report suggests ministers should lift the cap for council tax referendums and let local people put their money where their heart is, writes Jonathan Werran.


  • Cash collection made simple

    10 July 2018

    Councils could bring in vital extra funding if they apply behavioural insights to revenue collection argues Tim Pearse


  • Education secretary appears at ADCS conference for first time in a decade

    06 July 2018

    Provision for care leavers and children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) dominated a speech by education secretary Damian Hinds.


  • Building the evidence base for a long-term settlement

    04 July 2018

    James Maker says Northamptonshire CC’s mismanagement of austerity should not prevent us talking about the latter more openly.