Trade union Unite has called for local authorities to be held accountable for the way in which they use cash reserves, in a 14-point campaign.

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has revealed that local authority fraud defences have saved councils around £271 million, over the last financial year.

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has warned that the government’s decision to increase council tax by two per cent, has failed to plug the gap in care spend.

Sutton Coldfield Town Council has called on Birmingham City Council to provide £3 million to restore a crumbling town hall to enable it to host events and performances.

The proposal to devolve further financial powers to London has gained the support of Communities Secretary Greg Clark.

A new enquiry has been launched to explore the impact of funding cuts on local parks and possible funding models to be used in the future.

Decaying seaside towns could get a tourism boost after a camping for the creation of a seaside tsar.

Bolton council has announced proposals to close 13 children’s centres in a bid to save £1.5 million.

Portsmouth City Council has expanded its UK property portfolio with the purchase of £12.4 million parcel distribution warehouse, near Birmingham, as part of a drive to generate more income.

A report by Citizens Advice has accused councils in England of being too quick to resort to sending in bailiffs to recover council tax debts.

Data from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has shown that around a third of councils in England have spent additional money topping up government housing benefits, in order to make up for new welfare changes.

The annual IT Margins Benchmarking study has highlighted that local authorities are being charged up to 11 times too much for IT purchases, as a result of excessive margins by suppliers.

New figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) have revealed that councils’ spending in England will fall by one per cent in 2016-17.

Lincoln Council has approved proposals to charge 20p to use its public toilets as part of plans to combat government funding cuts.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has raised concerns over the oversight of devolution deals in England, warning that plans for proper accountability are not yet in place.

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