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Ruth Keeling

Ruth Keeling

Chief Reporter
Covering local government’s corporate core including management, finance, human resources, legal and communications.

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020 3033 2795


  • Joanne Segars

    A piece of adviceSubscription

    9 January 2014

    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

  • Ruth Keeling

    A threat or a promise?Subscription

    9 January 2014

    Is the government likely to force pension fund mergers despite its localism agenda, or is this threat merely a means of applying leverage?

  • Ruth Keeling

    LGC View: PensionsSubscription

    9 January 2014

    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

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    Fears over second year cuts: settlement reactionSubscription

    18 December, 2013

    Concern expressed about larger than expected funding cuts in 2015-16

  • Brandon Lewis

    'Freeze funding to be baselined': LewisSubscription

    18 December, 2013

    Chancellor agrees to include council tax freeze funding in spending review baseline

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    Police protected from next year's cutsSubscription

    18 December, 2013

    Home Office won’t pass on Autumn Statement cuts in 2014-15, but no allocations published for 2015-16 as department considers options

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    School places funding increased to meet demandSubscription

    18 December, 2013

    Extra money for school places from 2017 - but grants cut as council’s energy role scrapped

  • Parish council notice board

    Parish referendum 'could end localism'Subscription

    17 December, 2013

    Localist magicians warn against a council tax referendum for parish increases above 2%

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    Homes bonus allocations publishedSubscription

    17 December, 2013

    Ministers unveil almost £1bn of bonus payments ahead of the main settlement expected this week

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    'Chugger' complaints drop following dealSubscription

    16 December, 2013

    Voluntary agreements between councils and charity fundraisers prove a success in vast majority of areas

All by Ruth Keeling

Blog posts

  • A kick in the ballot box

    Council tax risers were warned they would get kicked out of office in this election. So how did they fare…

    Ruth reports...8 May, 2013

    Comments (1)
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    Council tax intentions in 2013

    Freeze? Increase? Cut? What are local authorities planning for council tax in 2013?

    Ruth reports...17 January, 2013

  • Leading from the front

    DCLG has lead from the front on many savings measures - but what about their suggestion to scrap subsidised council canteens

    Ruth reports...19 December, 2012

  • The dangers of prudence

    With turbulent times ahead, treasurers are being extra careful with the council coffers. But such prudence could be as dangerous as it is wise

    Ruth reports...12 July, 2012

  • The future of audit

    The National Audit Office is widening its remit as the Audit Commission exits the field - should local government fear a new era of inspection?

    Ruth reports...14 June, 2012

  • The welfare time bomb

    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.

    Ruth reports...11 May, 2012

  • Blind man's bluff

    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”

    Ruth reports...27 April, 2012

  • chiefless cover lgc

    A perverse incentive

    Chief executives who overhaul their councils too thoroughly may be doing themselves out of a job, writes Ruth Keeling.

    Ruth reports...19 April, 2012

    Comments (1)
  • When in doubt, blame the officers

    Ministers have opened a new front in their council tax battle - and it involves a favourite past time

    Ruth reports...1 February, 2012

  • Council tax bill 2012

    Council Tax 'rebels'

    Keeping track of which councils have rejected the government’s financial incentive to freeze council tax next year

    Ruth reports...23 January, 2012

    Comments (6)

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