Social care needs more cash whether tax hike happens or not, says SIGOMA
Adult social care will need extra funding whether the Government’s planned tax hike goes ahead or not, the chair of the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities (SIGOMA) has said.
Councils urged to go faster on grants
Chief executives have been urged by the Government to go faster in distributing COVID-19 grants.
Council faces £25m Games funding bill
Birmingham City Council has been left to pick up another £25m for the staging of the Commonwealth Games after partners failed to come forward.
Fair Cost of Care fund won't be enough, say providers
The Fair Cost of Care fund aimed at stopping local care markets being destabilised won’t be enough to fix ‘massive staff shortages’ and mend a sector in crisis, says the CEO of the National Care Forum.
Our golden chance to improve the lives of children
The levelling up agenda provides us with the chance to tackle the rising number of children living in poverty, but this relies on Government committing to developing a cross-departmental strategy, says Charlotte Ramsden.
LGA plea for funding certainty
A call for more certainty over future finances for the sector has been made by the Local Government Association (LGA).
Liverpool auditor seeks corruption investigation
Calls have been made for further investigations into the extent of alleged bribery and corruption at Liverpool City Council.
Tax reforms offer solutions to finance flaws - report
Changes to the current system could resolve issues around sufficiency and unfairness, and support local economies, according to new research commissioned by the Local Government Association.
Finance reforms to be unveiled in spring
Proposals to overhaul the local government finance system will be published in the spring, a minister has confirmed.
Birmingham has a bold vision for levelling up
The levelling up White Paper must show how double devolution can deliver opportunities for every local place and back the innovations Birmingham is leading the way on, says Cllr Ian Ward.
Council finances fared better than expected in COVID crisis, says IFS
The cost of COVID for councils has been far less than expected, research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found.
More delays to levelling up White Paper could hinder outcomes
Jack Shaw says further delays to the the levelling up White Paper will make the decisions the Government will need to take even more difficult - and politically time is not on its side.
Wirral faces £27m budget gap
The council said it was time to ‘make the changes that have been put off for too many years’ following heavy criticism from external reviews of its finances.
Fund planners to solve housing crisis - Lords
Peers have said council planning departments must be better resourced to prevent an ‘emerging crisis’.
Scottish settlement ‘worst seen’ by leaders
Council leaders in Scotland are demanding a meeting with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon over funding for next year.
Councils to deliver £1bn business rescue package
Local authorities have been tasked with administering the Government’s business grants scheme as the Omicron variant takes its toll.
Welsh councils win £750m funding boost
The Welsh Government has included a £743m increase in funding for councils in its latest budget.
£25m scheme to protect rough sleepers launched
Councils have been tasked with accommodating and vaccinating people sleeping rough in response to the surge in COVID-19 infection rates.
How the North-East is leading the way in innovative affordable housing delivery
A leaseback funding model with Kajima is helping Newcastle City Council avoid large upfront capital spending while securing the delivery of affordable housing, says Craig Smailes.
Counties' concern at care funding
County councils have expressed concern at the level of central funding to rebalance care markets.