• 'Simply not enough money in sector,' says outgoing leader

    05 April 2024

    The outgoing leader of Nottingham City Council has said there ‘simply isn’t enough money’ in local government to ‘run the services our citizens depend on’.

  • Public inquiry into Thurrock’s financial failure rejected

    03 April 2024

    The Government has rejected a request for a public inquiry into Thurrock Council’s financial failure and levels of debt.

  • Don’t leave finance professionals short-changed

    13 March 2024

    Andrew Tromans and Mizan Rouf outline the past and present recruitment challenges in public finance.

  • A quick fix – but is there any choice?

    13 March 2024

    With news of capitalisation directions being given to several councils, Heather Jameson asks if this risky measure – designed to provide fiscal support – will ultimately provide greater problems down the line.

  • Carving out a financial solution

    13 March 2024

    With local government currently in the spotlight in General Election year, Dr Jonathan Carr-West looks at ways councils can capitalise to make their case for funding reforms.

  • Shifting the dial on moral hazard

    06 March 2024

    Robert Weaver looks at the extent to which moral hazard and non-financial risks need to be understood by the sector to help ensure robust governance arrangements.

  • Moving forward after failure

    06 March 2024

    Ed Hammond considers the governance challenges facing members under section 114 and other models of oversight and the implications for member-officer relationships.

  • Government's asset sale plan: Short-term fix or long-term disaster?

    01 March 2024

    Selling council assets may provide a quick fix of cash, but cuts off future revenue supplies and worsens budget deficits, warns Thomas Howard.

  • Government agrees £2.5bn of capitalisation directions

    29 February 2024

    A total of 19 councils have agreed in-principle capitalisation directions worth almost £2.5bn with the Government.

  • 14 councils ‘likely’ to issue s114s next year

    28 February 2024

    More than half of councils are likely to issue a section 114 notice within the next Parliament unless funding is reformed, senior local authority figures have warned.

  • Cuts put hard squeeze on most deprived councils

    27 February 2024

    New analysis reveals upper tier local authorities in the most deprived decile have seen a real-terms cut in their core spending power of more than a quarter since 2010-11, says Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton.

  • Thurrock boosted by £500m after sale

    26 February 2024

    Thurrock Council has received £510m in payments following the sale of Toucan Energy Holdings – the firm that triggered a section 114 notice when it collapsed.

  • Brum proposes £300m cuts

    20 February 2024

    Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council will cut spending on services by £300m to balance its books.

  • Getting the house in order

    19 February 2024

    Martin Ford speaks to sector experts about what is fuelling the risks of Housing Revenue Accounts going into deficit and what action could be taken to reduce the burdens on councils.

  • Government timetable could push councils to issue section 114s, treasurers warn

    16 February 2024

    The Government’s proposed timeline for implementing changes to tackle risky borrowing by some councils could end up pushing local authorities into section 114 territory, district treasurers have warned.

  • Sunak doesn't accept the council tax system is broken

    16 February 2024

    Without the additional £17m a year Somerset Council could have generated through council tax the future looks very bleak indeed, says leader Bill Revans.

  • Senior Nottingham councillors refuse to back budget cuts

    14 February 2024

    Senior members of cash-strapped Nottingham City Council have refused to recommend a report that proposed £20m in budget cuts.

  • Council tax bands need a regional overhaul

    13 February 2024

    Heather Jameson asks: 'Will any incoming government rush to reform council tax? Will they be braver and take on wider public finance reform?'

  • Reform council tax to level up

    13 February 2024

    Henri Murison says the archaic council tax system has to change – and work should begin immediately on a revaluation of all properties in England before the General Election.

  • A hike too far?

    11 February 2024

    The Government has allowed some authorities to hike council tax while refusing Somerset Council’s bid to take the same step. Meanwhile, the system remains ‘highly regressive’. Ann McGauran reports.