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Amey facing £200m Birmingham divorce bill

19/02/2019
Amey could be set to pay more than £200m to extricate itself from its troubled 25-year PFI contract with Birmingham after years of legal difficulties, according to reports.

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Nearly all English councils to increase council tax

14/02/2019

Most councils plan on increasing council tax this year while slashing frontline services due to Government cuts, survey reveals.

Whitehall must fund separate food waste collections, experts say

14/02/2019

Extra Government funding must be provided to speed up separate collections of food waste, the industry body has demanded.

Infrastructure funding must be tied to ‘clean air agenda’, think tank says

14/02/2019

Ministers must use the forthcoming spending review to tie funding for vital public infrastructure to the 'clean air agenda', according to think tank Localis.

Pothole compensation costs councils nearly £3m a year

13/02/2019

Councils paid £2.8m to drivers for damage caused by potholes in 2017/18, new figures have revealed.

Whitehall announces £9m boost for garden communities

13/02/2019

The Government has today announced a £9m cash injection to help speed up the building of garden towns and villages across the country.

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.

Underfunding of bus scheme leaves elderly ‘isolated’

11/02/2019

Elderly and vulnerable people could be left isolated because the concessionary bus fares scheme is underfunded, local government leaders have warned.

Edinburgh council votes in favour of ‘tourist tax’

08/02/2019

City of Edinburgh councillors have voted in favour for what could be the UK’s first ‘tourist tax’.

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.

Glasgow approves £500m equal pay deal

07/02/2019

Glasgow council’s long-running equal pay dispute has finally come to an end as councillors formally approve a multi-million pound compensation deal for claimants.

Rochdale council worker jailed for £80,000 fraud

07/02/2019

A council worker has been jailed for defrauding Rochdale Borough Council of £80,000 - money that was then spent on prostitutes and cocaine.

Government in 'denial' over councils' finances, warn MPs

06/02/2019

Marsham Street has ‘an unacceptable lack of ambition’ for local government –  with no aspiration for improving finances beyond merely ‘coping’, according to a scathing Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report.

Nearly £1bn cut from Scottish authorities in past eight years

05/02/2019

Funding cuts are finally beginning to take their toll as Scottish councils can no longer protect services, according to report published today.

Labour to vote against ‘unfair’ local government funding

05/02/2019

Labour have pledged to vote against the Local Government Funding Settlement, arguing it fails to recognise the ‘dire situation’ facing councils.

Council considers selling off venues to fund equal pay settlement

04/02/2019

Glasgow city councillors are expected to rubber stamp a multi-million pound package this week to settle the long-running dispute over equal pay for women employees.

Popular council services could be swallowed by £8bn funding black hole

01/02/2019

Many popular council services could disappear by 2025 due to a £8bn funding black hole, council leaders have warned today.

Tax reforms and £90m secured in Scottish budget deal

31/01/2019

A £90m windfall for local authorities and moves to reform council tax have been pledged by the Scottish Government.

Council underestimates value of housing stock by £86m

31/01/2019

Northampton Borough Council underestimated the value of its housing stock by more than £86m, according to a delayed audit report.

£70bn plan to boost the North’s infrastructure published

31/01/2019

Transport for the North has set out a multi-billion pound blueprint for transforming the North’s economy and creating an estimated 850,000 jobs.

Northamptonshire given permission for extra council tax increase

29/01/2019

Northamptonshire County Council has been given the freedom to increase council tax by 2% more than other local authorities without holding a referendum, it was announced today.

Councils need £8.7bn to fund preventative services, survey reveals

29/01/2019

Council leaders estimate that they should be spending almost twice as much on preventative services than is possible after nearly a decade of austerity.

Local government cuts ‘callous and calculated’, say Labour

29/01/2019

The Labour Party have accused the Government of being ‘callous’ as an analysis reveals that local government funding benefits affluent Tory areas the most.

Cuts to council tax support have created ‘sizeable’ increase in arrears

29/01/2019

Cuts to council tax support (CTS) have led to a surge in unpaid tax, new research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies has revealed.

Councils to receive £56.5m to prepare for Brexit

29/01/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed a £56m handout from the Government to cover costs resulting from Brexit over the next two years, plus a pledge that any future costs will be fully funded.

Council spending on cultural services slashed by £400m

28/01/2019

Council spending on cultural resources such as museums, libraries, and the arts has been reduced by almost £400m over the last eight years of austerity, new research has revealed.

British cities bear the brunt of austerity, think tank reveals

28/01/2019

A think tank has called for an end to local government austerity as it reveals that Whitehall cuts have hit cities twice as hard as the rest of Britain.

Khan announces £85m to tackle violent crime

25/01/2019

Sadiq Khan has announced he will be using £85m of city hall funding to tackle violent crime.

LGA faces financial headache

25/01/2019

Smith Square has acknowledged the financial challenges it faces as it freezes subscriptions while grappling with declining Government grants and a pension scheme deficit.

£8.3m down the drain as Suffolk pulls plug on bridges project

24/01/2019

Suffolk County Council is set to shelve plans to build three bridges on the River Orwell in Ipswich, despite having already spent £8.3m in development costs.

Council to reimburse drivers after ‘confusing signs’ lead to fines

24/01/2019

A county council has said it will reimburse the parking fines of drivers who were caught out by ‘confusing’ signs.

EXCLUSIVE: No-deal Brexit funding call

23/01/2019

Smith Square has pushed Marsham Street to provide funding for councils to implement their no-deal Brexit plans as Whitehall urges local authorities to act now.

Financing the low carbon economy

23/01/2019

George Matthew explains what funding is available to enable local authorities to deliver heat networks.

Auditors bid to explain real cause of difference in councils' spend on kids

23/01/2019

A nine-fold variation in spending on children’s social care could largely be down to ‘differences in characteristics’ between councils, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) study.

Council considers selling assets to pay £500m equal pay deal

22/01/2019

Glasgow City Council might be forced to sell off some of its major assets in order to pay for its recently reached £500m equal pay deal.

Crime prevention budgets ‘slashed’ under Tories

21/01/2019

Crime prevention budgets have been cut by more than a half since 2010, an analysis from Labour has revealed.

Crawley council joins ‘money-saving’ insurance mutual

21/01/2019

Crawley Borough Council has become a founding member of the local government insurance mutual, which it argues will help reduce the authority’s ‘forecasted budget gap’.

Councils using premium rate phone lines branded 'greedy'

21/01/2019

Campaigners have accused local authorities of being ‘greedy and foolish’ for using premium rate lines for people to pay rent and parking fines.

Five areas to share £20m cultural development fund

18/01/2019

The five areas to receive £20m of funding to invest in culture have been unveiled by the Government.

Newham to improve financial management after £9m fraud allegations

16/01/2019

The Mayor of Newham has announced plans to set up a commission to advise the council on how to ‘become a beacon of good practice’ in its financial management.

Whitehall launches consultation on local funding of flood defences

16/01/2019

The Government today announced that it wishes to ‘begin a conversation’ on increasing local funding for flood and coastal erosion management.

Cash-strapped school launches £20,000 crowdfunding campaign

16/01/2019

A Worcestershire school has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £20,000 in order to supplement its ‘squeezed’ budget.

Council chiefs warn of scams targeting the vulnerable

16/01/2019

Local authority leaders have called on carers and families to be aware of fraud targeting older and more vulnerable people.

‘Tougher penalties’ needed to protect small businesses against late payment

15/01/2019

Small businesses have called for ‘tougher penalties’ for large companies that pay their suppliers late to protect them from another Carillion-style collapse.

Homes England agrees £70m loan for new homes in Northamptonshire

15/01/2019

A £70m cash injection from Homes England will bring around 8,500 new homes and up to 3,000 jobs to Northamptonshire.

Nearly one in three council-run secondary schools are in the red

11/01/2019

Almost one in three local authority maintained secondary schools were in a financial deficit in 2017-18, new research has revealed.

Is bankruptcy an option?

10/01/2019

Neil Merrick finds out what consequences a council may face if it is unable to provide statutory services or deliver a balanced budget.

Parking charges increase by £170m in five years

09/01/2019

Council chiefs defend themselves after research reveals local authorities have increased their revenue from parking charges by nearly £170m in five years, while simultaneously cutting road improvements.

‘Pauper’s funerals’ cost councils £5.4m last year

09/01/2019

Local authorities spent nearly £5.4m on public health funerals in 2017/18, new research has revealed.

Nine out of ten councils blow the budget on children's care

09/01/2019

Nearly ninety percent of councils overspent on children’s social care last year, according to figures released by the Local Government Association.

Council calls ‘extraordinary meeting’ over £9m fraud allegations

08/01/2019

Newham Council has called an ‘extraordinary meeting’ to look into allegations of fraud concerning the local authority’s repairs and maintenance service (RMS).

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The December issue of Local Government News looks at the consequences a council may face if it is unable to provide statutory services, the launch of Liverpool’s housing company and how councils can best manage roles in local authority companies.

It also has a special section on green building and energy efficiency including what funding is available to enable councils to deliver heat networks and how councils can pay for ‘smart buildings’.

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