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Hampshire leader: mayoral combined authority would ‘devastate’ services and divide county

22.02.18: Hampshire County Council remains “strongly opposed” to any arrangement that would split the county, the council leader has stated. In a letter to the county’s 11 district council leaders, Cllr Roy Perry has reiterated his stan...

Cash-strapped Northamptonshire warned budget proposals may be breaking the law

21.02.18: Auditors at KPMG have issued an advisory notice to the struggling Northamptonshire County Council warning that it should not sign off its proposed budget because it may be unlawful. The notice cautions that the proposals set out by the council...

‘Arrogant’ Welsh government should apologise and set a new tone

21.02.18: The Welsh government’s tone is too often “hectoring” and “arrogant,” the local government minister has stated. In a blog post, Alun Davies said that the government should apologise, change its approach, and join t...

Parliament told to vote on boundary review as soon as possible

20.02.18: The House of Commons should vote as soon as possible on whether to continue with the parliamentary boundary review, the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) has argued. In its report, ‘Parliamentary boundary...

Seven council staff members arrested in fraud investigation

19.02.18: Seven members of staff at Cardiff Council have been arrested on suspicion of fraud. A council spokesperson confirmed that eight people were arrested on Wednesday as part of the investigation, of which seven were council workers, who alleged...

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...

Rising costs putting councils in 'serious difficulty' says Brighton and Hove boss

15.02.18: Brighton and Hove City Council will struggle without a change in national policy, its leader has warned. The council’s services cost almost £2.1m to run each day, and when the initial budget proposals for 2018-19 were released last...

Landowners in Wales face tax in Welsh Government plans

13.02.18: A tax on vacant land could be introduced in Wales in plans to be announced today by the government. The new tax would apply to land where permission to build has been granted (or land that is within a local development plan) but where no wo...

Birmingham City to make cuts of £53m in next year in bid to balance books

13.02.18: Birmingham City Council has revealed its plans to invest in housing and social care despite needing to make savings of £53m in its 2018-19 budget. In its proposed financial plan for next year, England’s biggest council has said that...

Suffolk ‘super council’ mergers get government go-ahead

09.02.18: Plans to create two new major councils in Suffolk have received approval from the government this week. Housing and communities secretary Sajid Javid announced in December that he was “minded to” agree to the proposals, which wo...

High Court backs controversial £2bn Haringey housing development

09.02.18: A £2bn housing scheme run by Haringey Council has been given the green light by the High Court, despite local opposition. The Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) was criticised by residents who said they had not been properly consulted...

Sheffield publishes proposals to meet £44m funding gap

08.02.18: Sheffield City Council has published its budget proposals, which it claims will meet the challenge of a £44m funding gap next year. In order to meet the funding gap, which it says is due to further austerity cuts and rising demand for ess...

Opposition demands Javid resignation over finance settlement errors

08.02.18: The shadow communities secretary has called on his government counterpart to resign, following allegations that he “knowingly misled” parliament when publishing the provisional local government finance settlement. Labour’s...

New Weymouth Town Council could be established by April 2019

07.02.18: Weymouth could see the establishment of a new town council by April 2019. Members of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s management committee has recommended that the council approves the potential change. The recommendation comes...

Local election candidates will no longer have to share home address with voters

07.02.18: Candidates standing at local elections will no longer be required to publish their home address on ballot papers, the prime minister has announced. Speaking in Manchester yesterday, Theresa May said that the idea of the open public sphere was i...

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