Borough budgets fall a fifth in the capital

London’s local authority budgets have dropped by nearly a fifth per head over the last eight years, with inner London boroughs hit the hardest.

Public sector outsourcing spend softens

The private sector dominated the UK outsourcing market in Q1 of 2019, whilst public sector spend fell year-on-year.

£8.5 million fund to deliver discounted homes

Kit Malthouse has announced a £8.5 million-pound support package to deliver thousands of discounted homes over a three-year pilot project.

Green light for South Yorkshire devolution deal

James Brokenshire has told the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority that a devolution deal for the region can go ahead.

Funding for councils caring for asylum seeking children

The Home Office has announced a funding boost of over £30 million for local authorities looking after unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Government ‘unwilling’ to make necessary high street changes

The HCLG Committee has said the government is ‘unwilling to make the radical change required’ to transform high streets.

Government urged to sustainably fund public health

The County Councils Network is among a number of signatories to a new statement calling on the government to sustainably fund public health services.

Brokenshire commits £25 million for Holocaust Memorial

Communities Secretary confirms that an additional £25 million has been committed to the new National Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

£9.1m for free meals and activities over summer

£9.1 million of funding will be used to help offer 50,000 disadvantaged children free meals and activities over the upcoming summer holidays.

Councils told to embrace benefits of public scrutiny

Councils should embrace scrutiny of their spending decisions to achieve value for money and improve services.

Pioneering scheme to tackle bad behaviour in schools

A £10 million investment is set to help over 500 schools take part in a pioneering scheme to tackle bad behaviour.

£160m spent on Brexit consultant contracts

The government has signed a round of new Brexit contracts with outside consultants worth almost £160 million.

Council cuts contributing to rising knife crime

Communities with the biggest council spending cuts to youth services are likely to see the biggest increases in knife crime.

Over £25 million to help vulnerable rough sleepers

More than £25 million of funding is to be allocated to over 100 areas across England to help fund 20 new rough sleeping centres.

Crowdfunding potential for public sector infrastructure finance

Investment-based crowdfunding can provide local authorities with a competitively-priced source of capital and increased levels of civic engagement.

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