“We have heard the narrative but the idea of merging the 32 boroughs into super boroughs is not something that we think is the right way forward”
Ofsted inspectors find services relating to the county’s multi-agency safeguarding hub “have significantly declined in the past two years”
“Many, many people in the council, the pension fund and across the district…will be sharing a huge sense of loss”
“We will invest [money] and councils will invest land; we will invest side-by-side”
Surrey leader David Hodge stands downSubscription
County leader informed Surrey’s Conservative group of his intentions to stand down as group leader on Friday
Former top officer had been suspended after more than 1,000 voters were disenfranchised in 2017 general election
Five-year funding plan lined up for local roadsSubscription
Unitary imposes spending freezeSubscription
Budget 2018: Full coverage
Infrastructure lawyers are sceptical about chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement that PFI and PF2 contracts will be abolished
Commentary on the Budget
Local authorities are to receive an additional £675m in co-funding to help redevelop their local high streets, the chancellor has announced.
The chancellor was clearly feeling the hand of history on his shoulder. A new chapter and a turning point were declared as Phillip Hammond informed the house that austerity was now ending just like the prime minister said it would.
A third of extra funding for improving transport links in and around cities will go to areas with mayoral devolution deals
The chancellor has announced the Treasury will not sign any more private finance initiative contracts, describing the model as “inflexible and overly complex”.
Councils have “made a significant contribution to repairing the public finances and this Budget ensures [they] have more resources” to deliver services
Local authorities are to be ”fully compensated” for any loss of income as a result of reductions in business rates, the Treasury has confirmed.
The NHS has “committed to increasing mental health funding as a share of the overall budget over the next five years”, the Treasury has said
Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver the Budget this afternoon. Follow LGC’s live blog for all of the latest announcements, rumours and reaction relating to local government.
LGC Confidence Survey 2018
More than half of senior council officers expect local government reorganisation will have to proceed in their area within the next five years, the LGC confidence survey has shown.
Widespread expectation children’s and adults services will be cut but even greater concern roads and library budgets will be slashed
More than 40% of chiefs expect their council to issue a section 114 notice
A large majority of officers remain unconvinced by the national leadership’s approach to local government