Raising council tax is a 'threat' not an opportunity, says Whiteman
Government plans to give councils the option to raise council feels more like a ‘threat’ than an opportunity, finance expert Rob Whiteman has said.
Raid on reserves will hit hard on council cash
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.
Sustainability of Scottish councils 'at risk' without long-term financial certainty, watchdog warns
The financial sustainability of Scottish councils is at risk without a longer-term settlement, the public spending watchdog has warned today.
Treasury to look at public health spending
Councils are facing increased scrutiny from central government over their use of public health funding.
End to welfare support threatens council finances
Cutting off pandemic welfare support could lead to ‘disaster’ for families and local government funding, councils have warned.
Building back better and fairer
Tameside MBC’s Budget and focus on Inclusive Growth offers a platform to work together to seize an opportunity to build a new and better future, argues Cllr Oliver Ryan.
Marsham Street told to improve transparency
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has come under fire from finance watchdogs for a lack of transparency.
'Good settlement fails to make up for austerity'
The Welsh Government has confirmed funding for councils, with the publication of the final local government settlement.
MPs attack 'broken' council funding
The Government has promised reform of the system of financing local authorities.
Jenrick announces final finance settlement
The Government has published the final local government finance settlement for England.
Council tax rises could undermine levelling up
The Government’s reliance on council tax increases to boost local government funding could hinder the recovery of deprived communities, a think-tank has concluded.
Welsh councils' funding boosted by 3.8%
Welsh councils’ funding package of £6.3bn next year is ‘as good a settlement as I can offer,’ local government minister Julie James has said.
Questions over settlement boost
The scale of the increase in core funding in the local government finance settlement claimed by ministers has been questioned by finance experts.
Jenrick confirms £1.55bn boost
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick today used the provisional finance settlement for 2021/22 to confirm the allocations for £1.55bn funding.
Tanks for the suggestion
The local government sector could only look on with envy as the Ministry of Defence was promised a multi-year settlement and funding hike.
All I want for Christmas
As an early Christmas present Tony Kirkham would like 'a clear and positive Comprehensive Spending Review which adequately reflects the demands on local government'. And he would like 'a local government settlement that allows us to meet the needs of our residents and businesses'.
COVID continues to threaten our statutory obligations to our communities
If Government enforces Tier 3 then it must be prepared to support local councils to protect the vulnerable and those whose incomes will be severely affected, argues chair of Core Cities UK Cllr Judith Blake.
Call for multi-year funding
Ministers have been urged to commit to multi-year settlements for local government by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
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'.
Finance settlement pulled for new terror law
Tomorrow’s local government finance settlement has been pulled to make way for emergency legislation to end the automatic early release of terrorists.