Chancellor George Osborne has announced that from 2020, councils will be allowed to keep all local taxes, including £26 billion of revenue produced from business rates.

A study entitled ‘The Cost of One-Party Councils’ published by Mihály Fazekas of the University of Cambridge, suggests that one-party councils could be wasting up to £2.6 billion per year as a result of ‘weak electoral accountability’.

30 public sector websites deemed redundant are set to be scrapped to ensure a streamlined government digital presence.

Lack of financial support and guidance from the government is preventing local councils from administering necessary 20mph limits, according to a new report.

Campaigners have issued a proposal to the government to take action over England’s shrinking bus service, calling for greater devolution of powers to local regions.

A BBC investigation has revealed that the conversion of schools to academies has resulted in councils owing a potential £30 million in debt.

Camden Council has warned that current cutbacks to local government funding are unsustainable, urging ministers to consider fairer funding.

Sevenoaks District Council has set itself the target of becoming the first council in England to become financially self-sufficient.

The government is under strain to expand the Troubled Families scheme in order to aid a quarter of million people who are in need.   

The Local Government Association (LGA) has advised that £80 billion could be unravelled if the government listens and actualises the ambitions of towns, cities and counties.

Haringey Council has been criticised by opposition councillors for spending £86,000 on a rebranding exercise.

The District Council’s Network (DCN) has warned that the building of approximately 4,000 new homes has been stalled due to funding gaps caused by cuts to social housing rents.


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