Budget

Javid confirms date of ‘fast-tracked’ Spending Round

28/08/2019

Chancellor Sajid Javid has confirmed the date of the fast-tracked Spending Round announced earlier this month.

Councils exceed children’s social care budget by £800m

27/08/2019

Funding shortages and demand pressures forced local authorities to overspend on their children’s social care budgets by nearly £800m last year, LGA warns.

Adult education budget devolved to six combined authorities

01/08/2019

Six mayoral combined authorities and the GLA will be responsible for the adult education budget in their areas from today, the Government has announced.

‘Well-run’ council faces £15m budget gap

10/07/2019

A council claiming to be one of the best-managed in the country has warned it must have more Government money if it is to provide a 'decent level of services'.

Crisis-hit Northants delivers balanced budget with £4.5m underspend

03/07/2019

Northamptonshire County Council yesterday announced it had delivered a balanced budget for this financial year with an underspend of £4.5m.

Birmingham to axe over 1,000 jobs due to ‘brutal’ Whitehall cuts

27/02/2019

Britain's biggest council says it is facing 'the most challenging period its history' after announcing a further round of huge cuts in its workforce.

Northamptonshire approves 4.99% council tax rise

22/02/2019

Northamptonshire County Council has taken advantage of special freedom to increase council tax by 4.99% without needing to hold a referendum.

MHCLG to make 'compelling case' for more funding

13/02/2019

Local government minister Rishi Sunak has vowed that his department will ‘make a compelling case’ for more funding ahead of this year’s Spending Review.

Scottish council to cut 150 jobs

08/02/2019

Aberdeenshire Council is considering cutting up to 150 jobs over the next year in a bid to make savings.

Northamptonshire budget process a ‘rollercoaster’

07/02/2019

The chief executive of Northamptonshire CC said the council’s budget was prepared with the speed of a rollercoaster.

Scottish council chiefs ‘disappointed’ by Holyrood cuts

13/12/2018

Council chiefs in Scotland are ‘disappointed’ that the value of local services was not recognised by the Scottish government in yesterday’s budget.

Council reduces workforce by 138 to balance budget

26/11/2018

Over 130 Bath and North East Somerset Council workers have been made redundant at a cost to the council of £4.75m.

Budget 2018: Hammond praises local government

29/10/2018

In a Budget billed as the end of austerity, chancellor Phillip Hammond praised local government’s contribution to rescuing public finances and doled out cash for adult social care, mental health, high streets and roads.

Budget 2018: £800m cash injection for social care

29/10/2018

Social care has been given an £800m boost in today’s Budget after chancellor Philip Hammond said he recognised the ‘immediate pressures’ local authorities were facing.

Budget 2018: Google and Amazon to be hit by new tax

29/10/2018

A new UK digital services tax aimed at giants such as Google and Amazon will be narrowly targeted on UK-generated revenues from April 2020.

Budget 2018: Cash for care could be swallowed up by rates relief

28/10/2018

Chancellor Phillip Hammond is expected to announce nearly a billion pounds for social care in an austerity-busting budget later today.

Surge in child protection plans pushing services to ‘tipping point’

25/10/2018

Children’s services are approaching the point of crisis following a jump in demand, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Whitehall must spend £19bn annually to end austerity

16/10/2018

Theresa May’s promise to bring an ‘end to austerity’ is incompatible with the chancellor’s aim of balancing the books by the mid-2020s, financial experts say.

Northants confirms £65m cuts package

10/10/2018

Crisis-hit Northamptonshire County Council has confirmed a £65m cuts package aimed at tackling a huge shortfall in its finances.

Up to 130 jobs at risk at Somerset Council

04/09/2018

Staff will be forced to take two days unpaid leave, up to 130 jobs could be lost, winter gritting will be cut and a park-and-ride service suspended under a package of proposals by Somerset County Council to save £13m.

Equal pay claims will put 'unprecedented' pressure on council, warns watchdog

23/08/2018

The cost of resolving equal pay claims could put 'unprecedented financial pressure' on council services in Glasgow, the spending watchdog has warned.

Northamptonshire CC plan to save £70m ‘very tall order’

10/08/2018

Northamptonshire CC may face serious hurdles making savings by renegotiating contracts with third-party suppliers, public sector procurement expert warns.

Fresh finance warning for Northamptonshire County Council

18/06/2018

Northamptonshire CC’s finance director has issued an early warning the county already risks missing key savings targets that enabled it to agree a legal budget.

Crisis-hit county manages to balance its books

09/05/2018

Northamptonshire County Council has balanced the books for 2017/2018 and end the financial year without using all of its reserves.

Councils need ‘decisive’ leadership to manage budget cuts

05/04/2018

Decisive leadership is needed to ensure council services remain sustainable, the spending watchdog for Scotland has warned.

County at ‘crisis point’ announces revised budget

28/02/2018

Northamptonshire County Council has announced revised budget savings after being warned by auditors to revise its spending plans.

MPs call on Government to ‘take over’ Northamptonshire CC

06/02/2018

Northamptonshire’s MPs have all signed a statement saying they had ‘no confidence’ in the council’s leadership due to its ‘self-inflicted’ financial problems.

Labour accuses Government of 'holding back' local government

29/01/2018

Labour MPs have urged ministers to provide ‘strategic vision’ for local government.

Essex council claims it is on track to become UK's first self-sufficient unitary authority

08/01/2018

Thurrock Council in Essex is claiming be the first local authority of its size to become financially 'self-sufficient'.

LGA attacks 'counter-productive' cut

21/12/2017

A cut to councils’ public health grants has been criticised by the Local Government Association (LGA) for being ‘short-sighted and extremely counter-productive’.

Scots Budget reveals plan to increase income tax bands

14/12/2017

The Scottish Government has unveiled a draft budget which raises income tax in a bid to raise an extra £164m to pay for public services.

Council funding could be cut in half in next two years

11/12/2017

Councils face a 'cliff edge' unless the government provides urgent extra funding, local authorities leaders have warned - with some services disappearing altogether.

Budget 2017: Devolution and housing key planks in speech

22/11/2017

Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget has seen the chancellor unveil a raft of new devolution deals, measures to boost housing and changes to resolve issues with controversial Universal Credit.

Budget 2017: New devo deals for WMCA and North of Tyne

22/11/2017

The chancellor has pledged to ‘back’ the Northern Powerhouse, the Midlands Engine and elected mayors as he announced a pack of new devolution deals.

Budget 2017: £2.6bn for STPs

22/11/2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced £2.6bn for the NHS’ sustainability and transformation partnerships (STP) in today’s Budget.

Budget 2017: Housing Revenue Account cap lifted for some

22/11/2017

The Housing Revenue Account cap will be lifted for councils in ‘high-demand areas’ and stamp duty will be scrapped for most first-time buyers, chancellor Philip Hammond announced in his Budget speech today.

Budget 2017: London to retain all local business rate growth

22/11/2017

London local government will be able to keep all its business rates growth as part of a 100% retention pilot.

Council work highlighted ahead of Budget

21/11/2017

Local authorities have used this year’s 24-hour tweet-a-thon as an opportunity to showcase the huge range of services they provide ahead of a crunch Budget.

Council to cut workforce by 15% by 2020

16/11/2017

Around 300 full-time jobs will be lost at Bath & North East Somerset Council as it tries to find savings of £16m by 2020.

County outlines savings of £27m

15/11/2017

Suffolk County Council is planning to increase council tax for the first time in seven years in its budget for the year ahead.

Six in ten councils make progress on business rates relief

15/11/2017

More than 200 councils have now reissued business rates bills in accordance with the Government’s discretionary relief package, latest figures have shown.

Newcastle warns of 40 potential job cuts

13/11/2017

Newcastle City Council has announced it will have to save more than £13m next year and raise council tax in order to set a balanced budget, leading to the loss of 40 full-time jobs.

Rate rise adds 'insult to injury' for public sector workers

02/11/2017

The Bank of England's interest rate rise adds 'insult to injury' for public sector employees, union chief Dave Prentis has claimed.

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Safeguarding shake-up

With local safeguarding children boards being abolished, Neil Merrick finds out what new arrangements councils are setting up in their local areas.
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