Senior ministry officials to be quizzed by MPs
Senior government officials will be hauled in front of MPs next week after a rare move from the Public Accounts Committee.
EXCLUSIVE: Stretched councils rumbled over identical financial returns
Councils have been reminded to regularly update their monthly financial returns to Whitehall after stretched teams were caught submitting the same numbers each time.
LGA presses to move powers out of London
Moving powers from the capital to the regions is more important than moving civil servants, the chair of the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
Government accused of 'political' COVID funding
Officers at Hampshire CC have accused the Government of awarding funding based on politics rather than financial need.
Sector braced for more Whitehall interventions
Local government is braced for further Whitehall interventions in the wake of ministers launching reviews of two councils within days of each other.
Preparing reorganisation is a pointless distraction
Only Somerset, North Yorkshire and Cumbria have been asked to submit unitary proposals. Steve Leach and Colin Copus say local authorities should reflect ‘real places, not artificial constructs, with which people have no affinity’.
Pension funds' plea for employer help
An appeal has been made to local government employers to help pensions staff facing an administrative mountain.
Allocation of £3.6bn towns fund appears 'politically motivated,' says watchdog
The Government has been accused of 'political bias' when allocating funding from its £3.6bn Towns Fund by the public spending watchdog.
Croydon issues Section 114 notice
Crisis-hit Croydon LBC has issued a Section 114 notice after extra spending controls proved not to be enough.
Combined authority expansion halted by ‘party politics’
The expansion of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has stalled after leaders failed to reach an agreement.
Crisis call for return of Everyone In
The chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis has called for ring-fenced funding for councils to provide COVID-safe accommodation for anyone at risk of rough sleeping.
Welsh may escape exit pay cap
Welsh workers could be spared from the Government’s strict public sector exit pay cap.
Government review into Nottingham finances
The council is facing a review into its handling of Robin Hood Energy, over which the authority incurred millions of pounds in losses.
Report exposes local-national divide over pandemic
Fractures between local and national decision-makers have been highlighted in a new report examining responses to the coronavirus crisis.
Exclusive: Councils 'Struggling' to deliver on food standards
Some councils are ‘struggling to do even the most urgent and priority’ work on food standards, a government watchdog has told chief executives of local authorities in England.
Cities issue stark finance warning
The Core Cities have written to the Government, warning they face Section 114 notices unless the gaps in funding are addressed.
Government doubles down on exit pay cap
The Government has entrenched its position on its exit pay cap, raising the likelihood of a confrontation in the courts.
Reorganisation hopes renewed for counties
Ministers have given hope to counties pushing for local government reorganisation as they give mixed messages to the sector.
Seven areas across England set to receive nearly £180m investment
Communities in seven areas across England are set to benefit from up to £178.7m in new Town Deals, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has announced.
Spelthorne councillors to be more involved in commercial decisions after criticism
Spelthorne BC councillors will be more involved in future investment-related decisions after the council’s borrowing was criticised for ignoring government guidance.