Emergency Budget

  • Council accuses government of ‘betrayal’

    22 September 2020

    Nottingham City Council has charged the Government with reneging on a promise to cover the costs of the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Oxfordshire looks to bridge £16m budget gap

    12 August 2020

    The council plans to delay service overhauls in a bid to cover a £16m budget shortfall this year due to the coronavirus crisis.


  • We must provide Luton with a bright future

    26 July 2020

    Luton BC has agreed a ‘drastic’ emergency budget of £22m savings, and will ‘continue to bang loudly on the Government’s door’ for the finances it needs, says leader Hazel Simmons.


  • Northants publishes emergency plans to balance books

    01 October 2018

    Troubled Northamptonshire CC has published emergency plans to stabilise its short-term finances by plugging last year’s £35m deficit, balancing its books this year and slashing future costs.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Councils deplore Government guidance after Grenfell

    20 February 2018

    The Government’s guidance on fire safety after the Grenfell Tower fire has been ‘mediocre,’ ‘contradictory,’ ‘disjointed’ or non-existent, councils have said in response to a Labour survey.


  • Sadiq Khan: Government must pay for fire safety work on privately-owned blocks

    14 February 2018

    London’s mayor has called upon the Government to pay for remedial work on privately-owned tower blocks in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire.


  • Council shock at government refusal to fund fire safety work

    14 September 2017

    Nottingham City Council’s disbelief after its request for financial support from the Government to install fire sprinklers in tower blocks was turned down has been made public.


  • Dealing with disaster

    31 August 2016

    One year on since the tragic events of the Shoreham Air disaster, Sean Ruth, Louise Goldsmith and Penelope Schofield explain how councils and public services responded to the incident and continue to deal with its impact on the local community


  • Osborne abandons budget surplus plans

    01 July 2016

    Chancellor George Osborne has abandoned plans to run a budget surplus by 2020 as Brexit threatens a ‘significant negative economic shock to our economy’.


  • Osborne warns of further local government cuts post-Brexit

    15 June 2016

    Local government faces further budget cuts if voters back Brexit in the European Union referendum, chancellor George Osborne has warned.


  • Government reassurance after pensions petition

    20 April 2016

    Councils will not be forced to invest their pension funds into infrastructure schemes, the Government has confirmed.


  • Under pressure

    12 January 2016

    Councils were working hard over Christmas to deal with devastating flooding. Yet serious concerns are being raised that climate change could double flood damage in coming years, even with continued spending on flood defences. Thomas Bridge reports


  • Time to pay your way

    10 September 2015

    Commissioners need funds to pay long-suffering care workers properly, says Ray James.


  • Districts should welcome Sunday trading powers

    18 August 2015

    One of the policy announcements in the Summer Budget was a proposal to devolve decision-making on Sunday opening hours for larger shops. Ian Miller welcomes the move.


  • We need to fix roof once and for all

    12 August 2015

    It was John F Kennedy who famously said: ‘The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining’ – and on the face of it this seems to be good advice, Tony Kirkham writes.


  • Scots, Welsh and NI call for ‘more clarity’ over budgets

    12 August 2015

    Politicians from Britain’s devolved administrations have called for more clarity from Whitehall over the UK Government’s future spending plans.


  • Funding by results

    12 August 2015

    Government funding will increasingly depend on outcomes, Dan Corry believes.


  • Don't forget public in devolution rush

    29 July 2015

    The timetable set by George Osborne in his Budget for the first wave of councils to secure devolution is incredibly tight but director of Involve, Simon Burall, urges local government not to forget the public.


  • Kickstarting the housing revolution

    27 July 2015

    Bob Neill spells out how the Government can deliver on its promise to kickstart the housing revolution.


  • The money makers

    22 July 2015

    Dan Peters reports on the results of a joint The MJ, LGN and Localis study in which local authorities have highlighted income generation as a vital part of their survival.