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Council hands police file on £1m pay-outs

A file relating to allegedly unlawful exit payments to managers at Northumberland CC has been handed to police.

Call for council tax overhaul

Work should begin now on the ‘long-overdue’ revaluation of all domestic properties in England to bolster local government finance, a think-tank has argued.

Council set to halve sick pay

Southend Council is planning to halve the amount of sick pay given to staff in a move Unison has described as ‘callous’.

Finance settlement set for £500m boost

The Local Government Finance Settlement is to expected to be boosted by £500m, following pressure from sector lobbying and MPs.

Bronson Battersby: Review launched after toddler’s death

Lincolnshire County Council has launched a review after the tragic death of two-year-old Bronson Battersby.

The Autumn Statement leaves councils to solve their own problems

Few expected the King’s Speech and Autumn Statement to be the silver bullet that solved local government’s problems, says Graeme McDonald, but there is nothing to change the big picture

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New power ‘should apply across the public sector’

Legal chief, Dr Mirza Ahmad,believes the power of general competence proposed in the next local government Bill should apply across the public sector – and not just to councils.

LGA outlines plans for localised business rate

Smith Square this week outlined its proposals for a localised business rate, as part of a coalition consultation.

Labour reports highlight community focus

The Labour Party published two reports to coincide with the Labour local government conference last weekend.