Public health funding boosted almost 5%
Councils will receive public health grants totalling £3.3bn next year, the Government has announced.
Academics urge fiscal devolution
Experts have told MPs that financial powers must form part of the Government’s devolution plans.
Budget 2020: If this is a national crisis it's one many of us felt was already underway
Local agendas should prevail, according to chair of SIGOMA Sir Stephen Houghton – but he says the headline capital aspirations in the Budget seem to harbour real ambition beyond already thriving areas.
Budget 2020: Mayoral authorities win big in transport
The Government has unveiled £4.2bn for urban transport as part of its spring budget giveaways.
Budget 2020: Flood-hit areas to share £200m defence fund
The money will go to 25 areas based on criteria including repeated flooding.
Budget 2020: £5bn emergency fund to fight coronavirus
The Government has promised to deliver a £5bn emergency fund to help manage the extra pressures the NHS and social care are facing in the wake of coronavirus.
Care crisis’ answers are already out there
There have been enough reports on the future funding of social care to fill a Whitehall filing cabinet, most of which have ended up in the one marked ‘too difficult', says Michael Burton.
Bond issue a ‘grown-up moment’ for councils
The issuing of the first bond by the UK Municipal Bonds Agency (UKMBA) is a 'grown-up moment for local authorities,’ former chairman of the Local Government Association, Sir Merrick Cockell, has said.
Don’t just leave us to muddle through
Anita Charlesworth examines what the Government’s radical new immigration plans mean for social care – and says it ‘now needs to join up the dots between its policies’ and commit to adequately funding the sector.
Hoping for more certainty in the new funding world
In budget-setting and medium-term financial planning you can continue to see local government doing its best to respond, says Adele Taylor - but she hopes more certainty 'will allow us to create an even more sustainable environment for communities'.
Councils are key to fulfilling the promise of the Addison Act
Cllr Eleanor Southwood says councils have a moral duty to provide sustainable, permanent homes- and councils once again have an opportunity to fulfil the early Addison Act promises.
Tackling the high street challenge head-on
The latest Local Government Association high streets leadership programme highlighted how councils are beginning to plan for a future that is no longer dominated by retail, says Matt Baker.
Councils braced for mounting pressure on aslyum support system
Concern has been raised over councils' capacity to support child asylum seekers ahead of an expected surge later this year.
North disproportionately hit by housing cutbacks - research
Increased funding and investment in planning skills are required to reverse disproportionate cuts to councils in the north of England, according to research published today.
‘Things will not get better: We need radical action’
Neil McInroy argues that a crisis in children’s and adults’ services calls for ‘a new spirit of action which challenges economic and political power’.
South-east in plea for funding ‘fairness’
Deprived areas in the south-east require investment as much as northern England, the chairman of Greater Brighton City Region has argued.
South-east defends record on refugees
Local government figures have defended the record of the south-east and London on taking in asylum seekers and refugees.
Our unsustainable finance system needs a reboot
Heather Jameson says the finance system is increasingly unsustainable and local government has no confidence in the Government’s plans to resolve it or to tackle the issue of funding adult social care.
Building Community Power in Bristol
Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees outlines why the city has joined the Keep it Local network – a new coalition of councils who are seeking to harness the power of community.
Scottish councils’ improvements ‘stalling’
Spending on culture and leisure, economic development, and roads all fell by around a quarter last year, according to a study.