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A piece of adviceSubscription
A new board is set to advise on further changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme, including possible mergers, but it got off to a rocky start with ministers. Ruth Keeling talks to chairwoman Joanne Segars
A threat or a promise?Subscription
Is the government likely to force pension fund mergers despite its localism agenda, or is this threat merely a means of applying leverage?
LGC View: PensionsSubscription
Negotiations over the new local government pension benefits may be over, but ‘back end’ reforms of governance, administration and structure means the work is very far from over, writes Ruth Keeling
Fears over second year cuts: settlement reactionSubscription
Concern expressed about larger than expected funding cuts in 2015-16
'Freeze funding to be baselined': LewisSubscription
Chancellor agrees to include council tax freeze funding in spending review baseline
Police protected from next year's cutsSubscription
Home Office won’t pass on Autumn Statement cuts in 2014-15, but no allocations published for 2015-16 as department considers options
School places funding increased to meet demandSubscription
Extra money for school places from 2017 - but grants cut as council’s energy role scrapped
Parish referendum 'could end localism'Subscription
Localist magicians warn against a council tax referendum for parish increases above 2%
Homes bonus allocations publishedSubscription
Ministers unveil almost £1bn of bonus payments ahead of the main settlement expected this week
'Chugger' complaints drop following dealSubscription
Voluntary agreements between councils and charity fundraisers prove a success in vast majority of areas
Council tax risers were warned they would get kicked out of office in this election. So how did they fare…
Freeze? Increase? Cut? What are local authorities planning for council tax in 2013?
DCLG has lead from the front on many savings measures - but what about their suggestion to scrap subsidised council canteens
With turbulent times ahead, treasurers are being extra careful with the council coffers. But such prudence could be as dangerous as it is wise
The National Audit Office is widening its remit as the Audit Commission exits the field - should local government fear a new era of inspection?
Local government insiders have described the government’s welfare reforms as a “time bomb” for local government, and in recent weeks you may have heard a whispered countdown.
Private letters between Conservative leaders and their ministers reveal frustration over the way the council tax freeze grant was handled. Not only did they feel forced into making a decision they were unsure about, but the lack of information about future funding meant they were making that decision “in the dark”
Chief executives who overhaul their councils too thoroughly may be doing themselves out of a job, writes Ruth Keeling.
Ministers have opened a new front in their council tax battle - and it involves a favourite past time
Keeping track of which councils have rejected the government’s financial incentive to freeze council tax next year