Local government finance settlement: short-term needs met with 2.4% boost

13.12.18: The annual local government finance settlement shows that the government has recognised short-term pressures facing local government — but it is yet to solve medium to long-term financial demands burdening authorities around the UK, accord...

Oxford council owes balanced budget to its wholly-owned public services company

13.12.18: Oxford City Council has owed its fully balanced four-year budget proposal – which is better than many other local authorities up and down the country which have been forced to make often drastic cuts to services – to its approach to...

Salisbury City Council leader steps down due to job’s impact on personal life

13.12.18: The leader of Salisbury City Council is to step down from the role citing the job’s impact on his personal life behind the decision. Cllr Matthew Dean, who has been in the role since April 2017 and leader of the Conservative group for...

Core council spending ‘taken a hit’ from ‘smoke and mirrors’ Scottish Budget, but Brexit may force changes

13.12.18: Finance secretary Derek Mackay has unveiled a series of cash injections for Scotland’s public services, with preparations for Brexit at the heart of the government’s spending plans. Mackay yesterday revealed the Budget proposals...

Approach to failures in local government needs ‘thorough rethink’

12.12.18: Methods of addressing failure in local government are “no longer fit for purpose” and need a major shift in approach to ensure struggling councils don’t end up making their situations worse, think tanks have warned. Accord...