• Council cyber-attacks rocket

    23 July 2021

    Cyber-attacks on UK council remote workers increased by 213% during the pandemic, Freedom of Information Act requests have found.

  • Councils will continue to draw on reserves, predicts Moody's

    21 July 2021

    Many councils will continue to draw on their reserves to manage the uncertain funding environment and offset budgetary pressures, international ratings agency Moody’s has predicted.

  • Review launched into chief's departure

    21 July 2021

    Pembrokeshire CC’s interim boss has commissioned an independent review into the ‘severance arrangements’ linked to the departure of former chief executive Ian Westley.

  • No pay-out for suspended director

    21 July 2021

    Croydon LBC’s suspended executive director of place has resigned with no pay-out, The MJ understands.

  • Public finances improve

    21 July 2021

    The public finances improved last month as economic activity picked up though debt remains at a record high, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

  • In times of financial uncertainty, clear and simple narratives are key

    20 July 2021

    Tracie Langley has been asked how she keeps her nerve as a section 151 'in the face of what is a quite squeaky financial position'. The first thing she tells herself is that nothing is impossible.

  • Walsall's £29m savings plan suffers delays

    20 July 2021

    The council’s flagship £28.9m savings programme has been hit by delays as COVID-19 continues to take its financial toll on the sector.

  • PM plans national insurance rise to fund social care

    20 July 2021

    Ministers are believed to be planning a national insurance rise to fund adult social care.

  • Lancashire rules out city of culture bid

    19 July 2021

    The council has resisted pressure to back the county’s bid to become the next city of culture in 2025.

  • MPs call for urgent finance reforms

    19 July 2021

    Councils should be given more flexibility to raise their own taxes and social care funding urgently needs to be reformed, MPs have said.

  • Voter ID 'colossal waste of money,' says Labour

    14 July 2021

    Proposals to introduce voter ID are a ‘colossal waste of money,’ Labour has argued.

  • Reserves used to meet ‘avalanche of need’

    14 July 2021

    A third of councils have resorted to using reserves to meet adult social care overspends, an extensive survey has found.

  • Liverpool's accounts delayed by police investigation

    14 July 2021

    Liverpool City Council auditors have warned they will not be able to sign off the council’s accounts until police fraud investigations are complete.

  • Raid on reserves will hit hard on council cash

    13 July 2021

    As the Treasury threatens to raid reserves, Heather Jameson warns the 'snapshot' figures could have a long term impact on councils as we head for the spending review.

  • Taking a risk

    13 July 2021

    A new study warns of looming unfunded risks to the public finances from climate change to adult care which Michael Burton says should be heeded by the chancellor as he prepares the next Spending Review

  • Government insists Everyone In is 'continuing'

    13 July 2021

    The Government has insisted the Everyone In programme is ‘continuing’ despite reportedly suggesting to some councils that they should close their hotels for rough sleepers.

  • Penalised for our prudence

    13 July 2021

    Eleven councils will receive nothing from the local tax income guarantee (TIG) aimed at compensating them from the impact of the pandemic on their budgets. For them, the scheme ‘has proved to be no more than a mirage’, says Cllr Richard Brown

  • EXCLUSIVE: Councils push back over reserves raid threat

    13 July 2021

    Council chiefs have pushed back as the Treasury eyes up the sector’s reserves in the run up to this year’s Spending Review, The MJ understands.

  • UK should emulate Biden - Marmot

    09 July 2021

    Public health expert Sir Michael Marmot has urged the Government to follow the lead of US President Joe Biden to level up the UK.

  • Children's services funding row

    08 July 2021

    An investigation into children’s social care has been urged to look at funding by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS).