Welsh finance deal confirms cash for key services but core funding reduction
Welsh local authorities will receive £4.2bn to spend on key services in 2018/19 – but councils have warned they are still bearing the brunt of austerity.
Welsh council tax support extended to 2019
The Welsh Government has announced it will extend its council tax reduction scheme into 2018/19 after helping 300,000 vulnerable and low income families last year.
Council tax increase warning
Local authorities in Wales will be forced to increase council tax by the maximum 5% next year, a senior councillor has warned.
Welsh councils bemoan 'catastrophic austerity'
A seeming increase in Wales’ public sector budgets masks the ‘catastrophic impact that eight years of austerity have had on local public services,’ the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has warned.
Welsh councils call for end to cuts
Welsh council leaders have called for an end to the ‘relentless cuts to public services’ after a new report highlighted the scale of shrinking budgets.
Welsh councils' performance improves
Nearly two-thirds of council services in Wales have improved over the last year, according to new figures.
Why we must protect parental autonomy
Councils and devolved authorities need to beware. The trend towards over-reach on child discipline threatens to create more standoffs between officialdom and parents, as Claire Fox explains.
Councils win legal battle with health boards
Health boards in Wales ‘misinterpreted’ the law over who is responsible for paying for nurses to deliver social care in residential homes, a court has ruled.
Praying for time
Diary knows better than to join simmering rows about religion.
‘Regional collaboration will strengthen services’
Local authorities must not be sidelined when it comes to funding if plans for greater collaboration goes ahead, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA)’s leader warned.
Wales considers PR for local elections
Councils could be allowed to introduce proportional representation for local elections under new proposals unveiled by the Welsh Government.
City deals among promises in DUP-Conservative deal
Fresh devolved powers for Northern Ireland form a key part of today’s £1bn deal between the minority Conservative government and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
Lewis hired by Stevenage
Stevenage BC has appointed Patrick Lewis as assistant director for regeneration.
Welsh industrial action legislation amended
Public sector employers in Wales will no longer be able to use temporary workers to cover the work of employees during industrial action.
Conservatives come out top in local elections
Results from the local elections have featured significant gains for the Conservative Party, including the first directly-elected mayors in the West of England, Tees Valley and West Midlands.
CIPFA warning over voluntary mergers
Councils will be unable to cover the costs of voluntary mergers in Wales using their reserves, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA) has warned.
Rural England Budget blow
Rural residents are paying an average of £87 more per head in council tax than their urban counterparts, new figures have suggested.
Trio of Welsh authorities sign IT deal to tackle early intervention
Three Welsh councils have signed up to Capita IT software to help address issues impacting vulnerable children and families.
Wales boasts of lower council tax than England
Council tax in Wales remains lower than in England, new figures published today have revealed.
White paper reform a ‘missed opportunity
Newport City Council has labelled the Welsh Government’s white paper on local government reform ‘disappointingly traditional’ and a missed opportunity.