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Fresh funding row brews
Another row was brewing this week over how much councils have spent on coronavirus and how much the Government will cover.
Councils given £300m and key tracking role
Councils in England will be handed £300m by the Government as they are given a central role in driving forward testing and tracing.
Call to release ‘trapped’ troubled families funding
Bureaucracy threatens to hold up cash needed to support vulnerable children, the County Councils Network (CCN) has warned.
EXCLUSIVE: Government considers bypassing councils to get cash to care providers
The Government is considering bypassing local authorities and channelling extra funding directly to care providers to ease cash flow concerns, The MJ understands.
Councils call for £5bn 'income guarantee'
England's largest councils are calling on the Government to provide a £5bn 'income guarantee to avoid them having to declare insolvency during the coronavirus pandemic.
Johnson announces £600m for infection control in care homes
Councils have welcomed the £600m extra funding for infection control within care homes.
Facing down an uncertain future
Already cash-strapped following a decade of austerity, councils now face fighting a national crisis on a basic budget with their financial futures left in the balance. Heather Jameson reports.
Districts win in latest allocations
Districts have won a significantly higher share of funding in the latest allocations of government cash to help councils cope with coronavirus.
The sector's substantive funding has come at a significant cost
Carl Les says we should be under no illusion about the scale of the challenge ahead, 'with an elongated outbreak impacting our cashflows and revenue streams more and more'.
Counties urge s114 change as coronavirus costs soar
County councils have called for a suspension of Section 114 and a relaxation of the rules so authorities can borrow to fund revenue spending.
Counties warn against a blanket council tax deferral scheme
County councils have warned that a blanket council tax deferral scheme could create significant financial problems for local government.
Care providers experience tenfold hike in costs of protective equipment
Suppliers of protective equipment are charging as much as 10 times the normal amount for their products as supplies grow scare, care companies have told the BBC.
We will see the very best of local councils
During the COVID-19 pandemic, counties are ‘doing what they have done in an understated way for so long – keeping the show running for their communities’, says Simon Edwards.
Hertfordshire leads the way in managing growth
All 12 members of the Hertfordshire Growth Board have now approved an official working agreement that will help make the county an even better place, says David Williams.
Avoiding the dangers of a ‘one-size-fits all’ approach
Two key recommendations highlighted in a new report on the need for 'levelling-up' to include counties are for Growth Boards - and for the devo White Paper to consider devolving budgets and powers to county areas, says Paul Dossett.
Counties will need to show the new chancellor that the Government will see a return on its investment
It is beyond a doubt that the ascension of Rishi Sunak to the role of chancellor is a positive for local government, says Cllr Carl Les - 'but he is not one who accepts blank cheque arguments'.
The 'levelling up' agenda cannot overlook shire counties, says report
A new report today warned Government that counties are lagging behind other parts of the country.
To truly ‘level -up’ we need to power up counties
Today a new report argues that the ‘levelling up’ agenda cannot bypass county areas. Cllr Barry Lewis says that ‘if done right, this agenda would move beyond overly-simple north-south divides and would focus on all areas that require expenditure’.
EXCLUSIVE: Growth boards plan for non-mayor areas
County councils have suggested ministers should establish growth boards to coordinate economic development in areas that do not have elected mayors or combined authorities.
Let’s replace Britain’s ‘old, cold housing stock’
As well as helping to tackle climate change, Adam Cunnington believes creating a new generation of low carbon homes creates a win-win for councils, taxpayers and residents.