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An unsettling finance settlement?

23.02.18: Piali Das Gupta, head of policy at Solace, looks over the final local government finance settlement and argues that it does not do enough to support struggling council services. The fortnight before Christmas has become a rather anxious tim...

Finance settlement: a golden opportunity

23.02.18: The local government finance settlement must enable counties to continue to be the engines of the English economy by providing a fairer funding approach, says Philip Atkins, vice-chairman of the County Councils Network (CCN) and leader of Staffo...

Scottish councils demand money from government for future pay increases

19.02.18: Scottish councils have today asked for additional resources to pay for future public sector pay increases. The government in Scotland last year pledged to lift the unpopular 1% cap on public sector wages, and today Cosla, the local governme...

Lord Porter: Uncharted waters

19.02.18: Lord Porter CBE, chairman of the LGA, analyses the expected impact of the final local government finance settlement on councils of all shapes and sizes. This year looks set to be another busy and challenging year for local government with c...

Khan unveils £140m of landmark devolution funding

15.02.18: The Mayor of London has announced a £140m investment to boost the capital’s economy. The cash will go into a brand-new investment fund to support projects such as business space, transport infrastructure, and schemes to increase new...

London borough tables ‘voluntary contribution’ tax plans for richest residents

12.02.18: City of Westminster Council, which is responsible for one of the wealthiest boroughs in London, has put forward plans to allow certain residents to pay a voluntary council tax. The policy would mean people living in Band H properties will b...

Councils across the UK fear for financial stability after Northamptonshire collapse

08.02.18: Around 80% of councils are concerned about their own financial stability following Northamptonshire County Council’s announcement of the first major authority spending ban in 20 years. The latest State of Local Government Finance Surv...

Northamptonshire tables unitary plans to combat ‘bleak financial position’

07.02.18: Transforming into a unitary authority could be the last option left to the debt-ridden Northamptonshire County Council. Councillors suggested that only “significant local government reorganisation” could save the authority from...

Councils could be hit with 20% fee rise to cover Carillion deals

06.02.18: Councils who were using failed construction and services giant Carillion are expected to be hit with a 20% hike in services charges to cover the company’s losses. The increase is being overseen by PwC, at the request of the Official R...

Northamptonshire becomes first council in 20 years to issue major spending ban

05.02.18: “Severe financial challenges” have led a major county council to issue a section 114 notice, meaning that stringent spending controls will be implemented with immediate effect. In a statement, Northamptonshire County Council sai...

Capita situation is not ‘another Carillion’, says Cabinet Office minister

01.02.18: Senior government ministers have denied that the massive downturn in recent profits which has hit Capita is not comparable to the recent failure of Carillion. The public sector services powerhouse has been under increasing pressure in recen...

Globalisation and automation increase reliance on public sector jobs

30.01.18: Publicly funded occupations are expected to increase to half of jobs in cities by 2030, analysis by the Centre for Cities has revealed. Whilst automation and globalisation have impacted on private sector jobs in some areas, in 29 out of 62 citi...

Norwich City residents could be hit by three-pronged £100 tax hike

29.01.18: Residents in Norwich could see their combined council tax increase by an average of nearly £100 a year if three separate tax increases are approved. The city is affected by tax changes from the county council, city council and the loc...

LGA hits out at government over £12bn road funding gap

26.01.18: The LGA has attacked central government today after it emerged that Whitehall would be spending 52 times more money on the national road network than it would give councils to deal with the same issues locally. For every mile, the governmen...

County council tax hike powers will only meet 10% of costs

25.01.18: Plans to allow councils to increase tax by a further 1% are only likely to cover a tenth of the money lost to counties through central government budget cuts. The claim comes from the County Councils Network (CCN), which says the measures a...

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An unsettling finance settlement?

23/02/2018An unsettling finance settlement?

Piali Das Gupta, head of policy at Solace, looks over the final local government finance settlement and argues that it does not do enough to supp... more >
Finance settlement: a golden opportunity

23/02/2018Finance settlement: a golden opportunity

The local government finance settlement must enable counties to continue to be the engines of the English economy by providing a fairer funding a... more >
Data protection by design

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Citizen-centric cities for a better tomorrow

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BIM: Digitising the public sector

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Adrian Prandle, director of economic strategy and negotiations at the National Education Union (NEU), questions the stark lack of announcements a... more >
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