SEND funding boost of £280m announced
Councils will receive £280m to create new school places for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Fears over public health 'fragmentation'
The Government’s overhaul of public health has raised fears of a ‘fragmentation’ of the system among councils.
Redcar receives £3.7m Government bailout
The Government has agreed to pay Redcar and Cleveland BC £3.7m in ‘exceptional financial support’ following last year’s ransomware attack.
£31m Hong Kong integration fund launched
Funding of £30.7m will be provided to councils to support new arrivals from Hong Kong.
Surfeit of grant pots makes a pot noodle for councils
If questions about the way the Levelling Up Fund and the Towns Fund are targeted dulls ministers’ appetites for more pots then they could always consider rolling them up into one fund and calling it, say, revenue support grant, says Michael Burton.
Liverpool Labour and the wider party should never have let this happen
After Max Caller's 'shocking' report on Liverpool City Council, Labour needs to make a case for good governance, and let go of its centralising tendencies, says Emma Burnell.
Public health funding frozen or cut for 100 councils
Spending per capita has fallen for 31 authorities and frozen for a further 69 after new spending commitments are taken into account.
Levelling up fund faces legal challenge
The Government could face legal action over its ‘troublingly opaque’ allocation of the Levelling Up Fund.
Let's see what happens on longer-term funding
Lorna Baxter gave evidence at the Public Accounts Committee in response to the NAO report on local government finance during COVID. She says there is acknowledgement that the longer-term funding and distribution mechanism needs to be addressed.
Buckinghamshire’s new collaborations
Claire Hawkes outlines Buckinghamshire Council’s community board approach to distributing COVID-19 crisis funding, using a ‘light-touch, but robust application process’.
The need for a connected COVID-19 recovery
MP Neil O’Brien OBE calls on central government to support local action to help those most at risk of loneliness post-lockdown.
Treat the housing and homelessness crises as a national emergency
To eradicate rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament the Government needs to move beyond commissioning short-term accommodation solutions, says Brian Jennings.
Financial collapse at Croydon could have been avoided
Chances to avert the council’s current financial plight were missed, its leader has admitted.
City leaders raise concerns over levelling up fund
Council leaders have questioned the how effective the Government’s levelling up fund will prove to be.
Levelling up funding is 'poorly targeted' report warns
There are 6.5 million people living in deprived local authorities that will not be helped by the Government's levelling up funding, new analysis has revealed.
The funding puzzle stays unsolved
CIPFA's council tax data revealed the average council tax bills for band D properties in two regions of England will now exceed £2,000. Taxpayers will begin to ask what they get for this, says Rob Whiteman.
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.
Communities call for funding powers
Funds aimed at levelling up the country should be devolved to communities, according to a new report.
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.
Future Forum North: Councils should ‘box clever’
Local government was urged at The MJ’s Future Forum North to capitalise on the plaudits the sector has accrued for its work during the coronavirus pandemic.