Pressure growing for compensation over banned cladding materials
Pressure is mounting for Government compensation to be paid to buildings containing materials expected to be banned in the wake of the Grenfell fire.
Fresh finance warning for Northamptonshire CC
Northamptonshire CC’s finance director has issued an early warning the county already risks missing key savings targets that enabled it to agree a legal budget.
Borrowing overtakes grant funding for council capital schemes
Borrowing exceeded grant funding for council capital projects in England last year, according to newly-released figures.
£30m cash boost to tackle rough sleepers
Communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced a £30m cash boost to tackle rough sleepers in the worst hit parts of the country.
Ministry appoints new housing director general
A new director general has been appointed at Marsham Street.
Brokenshire appoints Booth-Smith as SpAd
Localis chief executive Liam Booth-Smith has been appointed as a special adviser to local government secretary James Brokenshire.
Pensions data improvement drive
Local government pension schemes (LGPS) will be visited next week to be given advice on how to improve the data they collect.
New temporary minister appointed at MHCLG
The appointment of a new minister at Marsham Street has been officially rubber stamped.
Are we entering a new era of trust and respect?
Heather Jameson would like to see a communities secretary who makes local government a funding priority through the Spending Review in return for delivery on key government policies.
Brokenshire dodges Right to Buy question
Housing secretary James Brokenshire has refused to disclose how much councils have been required to pay back to the Treasury in Right to Buy (RTB) receipts.
Funding fail for information sharing crack team
A ‘crack team’ launched to improve information sharing across the public sector has announced it is scaling back its work after failing to secure funding.
Finance review reaches out to sector
The man heading a review into Marsham Street’s oversight of the business rates system is approaching councils for their views.
EXCLUSIVE: Ministry considers Right to Buy rule change
Ministers are considering changes to the use of Right to Buy (RtB) receipts amid claims current rules are a ‘shameful cash grab’ by the Government.
Government to raid affordable homes budget to fund cladding removal
The Government’s affordable homes programme will be hit by a Government promise to fund the £400m cost of removing cladding and insulation from tower blocks, The MJ can reveal.
Councils chided on cladding cataloging
The Government is putting extra pressure on local authorities to speed up their cataloguing of buildings in the private sector that might have dangerous cladding.
Consensus building around new funding formulae
Consensus is building around a number of service areas for which the sector believes there should be a specific formula after the fair funding review.
MHCLG will not recover £36m overpayments
Millions of pounds overpaid to local authorities by the Government will not be recovered, Marsham Street has confirmed.
MHCLG: A lot can be gained from unitary
A unitary structure could save money and improve effectiveness, top civil servants have said in their clearest signal yet of a Government view on reorganisation.
Dawes: Spending Review limit on long-term funding deal
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) officials have backed the concept of a long-term funding deal for the sector but offered no future guarantees.
CIPFA plea on LEP principles
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has appealed for help as it draws up principles for officers dealing with local enterprise partnerships (LEP).