Watchdog head in 'bankruptcy' warning
The head of Parliament’s financial watchdog has warned that ‘a lot’ of councils remained at risk of ‘effectively going bankrupt’ despite another £500m cash injection.
More burden-sharing than burden-busting
Last week’s funding announcement was ‘miles away from the Government’s initial vow to support local authorities in full’ - and the sector remains unsatisfied, says Dan Peters.
Government’s ‘top down’ approach hindering LRFs
Poor communication by the UK Government of crucial changes to coronavirus policies is a central problem being experienced by local resilience forums (LRFs), says new research.
Jenrick announces more cash, income compensation and tax delay
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has announced more cash and new ways councils will be reimbursed for income lost as a result of coronavirus.
MPs refuse to back down on Westferry
MPs have refused to accept the Prime Minister’s attempts to close down questions over Robert Jenrick’s decision on the Westferry Printworks planning application.
MHCLG rejects statutory duties review
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has rejected calls to review statutory duties on councils, The MJ has learnt.
UN expresses 'serious concern' over cladding
The United Nations’ special rapporteur on adequate housing has expressed ‘serious concern’ that 600,000 people in England continue to live in blocks with dangerous cladding.
Former MHCLG officials mooted for cabinet job
Two former Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) officials are among the candidates tipped to take over from the ousted cabinet secretary.
Making a bigger impact on value for money
COVID-19 may have had an impact on the work programme, but boss of the National Audit Office Gareth Davies says he is ‘determined’ the scrutiny body will have more of an influence on value for money. Dan Peters reports.
Government's national approach criticised by top auditor
A top auditor has heavily criticised the Government’s ‘national approach’ to the coronavirus response.
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh demand for modelling data
Ministers this week came under renewed pressure to share the Government’s latest coronavirus predictions and modelling to help local areas plan for the months ahead.
Luton forced into unavoidable cuts
Luton BC’s boss has said the council has done all it can but has no other choice than to cut 365 jobs and frontline services.
Clobbered by COVID
Chair of the Local Government Association's Resources Board Cllr Richard Watts argues that central Government must ensure authorities receive ongoing and consistent funding to enable them to keep supporting their communities.
Ready, steady, CFO!
Tim Willis outlines the new challenges COVID-19 has inflicted on his council, including estimated losses of ‘nearly a third of our £17m net revenue expenditure’. Government needs to fund the shortfall, he says.
Fresh league table fears
The prospect of council performance being ranked in a league table has been raised again this week.
Jenrick insists he followed rules in Westferry decision
Under-fire communities secretary Robert Jenrick has insisted his decision to approve a controversial planning application by Conservative donor Richard Desmond was taken ‘in good faith’.
Councils call for clarity on local lockdowns
Councils this week called for clarity on the legal powers they will have if they are forced to implement local coronavirus lockdowns.
CIPFA issues temporary s114 guidance
Council finance chiefs have been given new guidelines for dealing with financial collapse during the coronavirus crisis.
Supporting the survivors
C.Co has been working with a pan-Cheshire programme designed to provide a safe place to live and support for complex needs for survivors of domestic abuse. John Knight explains.
We need to break the deadlock
This weekend marks the three-year anniversary of the tragic fire at Grenfell. While welcoming the announcement in March of the £1bn Building Safety Fund, Sir Bob Neill says bureaucracy must not get in the way of delivery.