Evidence session on the sustainability of local government
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7 June, 2018Robert Cusack
Almost three-quarters (74%) of council leaders and senior officers expect some councils will face a serious financial crisis in the next financial year, according to a new survey published by consultancy firm PwC.
18 May, 2018David Paine
Birmingham City Council used £63m from reserves to balance its 2017-18 budget after spending almost £21m more than it planned to last year – a chunk of which related to last year’s waste dispute.
17 May, 2018David Paine
Somerset CC only has “sufficient resources to balance its budget for one more year” beyond 2018-19 if it continues to overspend at its current levels, a corporate peer review by the Local Government Association has found.
15 May, 2018Gary Porter
In politics, you have to always expect the unexpected as it proved again when a mini-reshuffle saw James Brokenshire become our new secretary of state, taking up office at Marsham Street.
14 May, 2018David Paine
LGC’s essential daily briefing.
10 May, 2018Matthew Taylor
By the time this column is published we will be past the peak of columns, blogs, tweets and, possibly, handwritten notes advising James Brokenshire on what he should do in his new role as secretary of state for the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. That won’t stop me adding my views, partly because they are out of line with the apparent consensus.
9 May, 2018Paul McDermott, Victoria Thornton
When ministers confirmed state aid law would be incorporated in UK law following Brexit, it came as little surprise. UK governments of all persuasions have steadfastly supported the framework as a means of eliminating ‘unfair’ public and taxpayer subsidies.
2 May, 2018Gareth Davies
At first glance it appeared a great story. Eighteen councils in England had nothing held over in their reserves to protect against financial uncertainty. The pressure local authorities are under is well publicised but if these figures were correct, the situation would be far worse than feared.
26 April, 2018David Paine
A damning report into Worcestershire CC’s finances, which had previously been kept hidden, has finally been made public.