Thousands of refugees face homelessness at Christmas, LGA warns
The Government’s push to clear the asylum backlog is putting ‘tens of thousands’ of refugees at risk of homelessness over Christmas, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.
Councils call for emergency school transport funding
‘Spiralling’ transport costs for children with special educational needs are threatening the financial stability of England’s largest councils, according to a report.
English-Welsh council partnership signed in bid for extra funding
Two English and two Welsh county councils have signed a partnership agreement.
Councils at ‘significant legal risk’ over issues facing monitoring officers
A report has called for the creation of a professional body for monitoring officers and a review of council structures to ensure their position within the ‘top tier of governance’.
Chancellor urged to tackle audit backlog
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has called on the Government to ‘tackle the crisis’ in local authority financial reporting and audit.
South Cambs issued Best Value notice over four-day week
The Government has issued a Best Value notice to South Cambridgeshire DC following 'concerns' about its trial of a four-day working week.
Council looks to address £100m ‘black hole’
Somerset Council is considering measures, including reducing staffing and cutting services to statutory levels, to cover a £100m funding gap.
One in 10 county councils facing effective bankruptcy
England’s county and unitary authorities are ‘running out of road’ to prevent insolvency, with one in 10 not sure they can balance their budgets this year.
Public services in 'dire state’
No public services are performing better than before the pandemic and satisfaction with councils has dropped, a report has found.
Section 114 ‘almost inevitable’ for Leicester
Leicester City Council is ‘rapidly running out of options’ to cut costs and faces financial crisis ahead of its 2025-26 budget, its mayor has warned local government secretary Michael Gove.
Homelessness fears over asylum fast-tracking
The largest city councils in England and Scotland fear that Government plans to speed up asylum decisions will result in thousands of people facing homelessness.
Government crackdown on four-day week
The Government is exploring measures to ‘ensure the sector is clear’ four-day weeks should not be pursued.
Welsh councils face £750m shortfall
Local government finances in Wales are on an ‘unsustainable path,’ according to a report from Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre.
DCN in cuts warning
Cultural services, community support and parks and green spaces are all at risk of cuts without a boost to the local government finance settlement, respondents to a District Councils’ Network (DCN) survey have warned.
Inflation pushes councils’ shortfall up by £1bn
English councils face a funding gap of £4bn over the next two years, new Local Government Association research has found.
Councils underperform in first-of-kind climate study
Widespread low scores in the first study of UK councils’ climate action highlight national barriers, pressure group Climate Emergency UK has said.
Councils' parking revenue approaches £1bn
The income councils raked in from parking trebled to almost £1bn in the last financial year.
‘For-profit’ asylum housing system must end, charity says
Responsibility for asylum accommodation must be returned to local authorities from private firms, the charity Refugee Action has said.
Wales to automatically register voters
The Welsh Government is to establish automatic voter registration for local government and Senedd elections.
Councils face £3.5bn shortfall
Research has uncovered a £3.5bn shortfall facing councils over the next financial year.