A financial settlement has been published revealing councils are set to receive £3.5 billion of extra funding, which will be available for adult so

A report entitled ‘Beyond business rates: incentivising cities to grow’ has argued that councils should be handed more control of their finances, including the £10 billion generated in stamp duty tax.

The UK’s inflation rate rose to 0.1 per cent in November, turning positive for the first time in four months.

Blackpool’s Winter Gardens is one of 77 projects set to receive a £3 million cash boost to develop coastal towns and resorts.

Birmingham City Council has warned that 1,200 jobs could be lost in a bid to generate savings of £250 million over the next four years.

Council leaders have called for tighter controls on Freedom of Information (FoI) requests claiming they are a ‘burden’ on local authorities.

The National Employers have made a two-year deal to unions, which will see council staff being offered a one per cent pay increase from April 2016, and a further one per cent the following year.

The government has confirmed that councils will be reimbursed for clean up costs following damage caused by Storm Desmond.

A small number of councils are at risk of financial or service failure, a report published by accountancy firm Grant Thornton has cautioned.

Figures published by the Kings Fund suggest that a two per cent increase to fund social care would raise a lot less than the £2 billion figure claimed by Chancellor George Osborne.

Plans to make the Midlands an ‘engine of growth’ by creating 300,000 jobs in addition to boosting the national economy by £34 billion has been unveiled at the University of Birmingham.

Councils planning to save money by cutting the length of the primary school week are to be banned from enforcing the cuts.

Councils are seeing increased costs from the rising number of public health funerals, according to a Freedom of Information request by BBC Local Radio.

Scottish Parliament has called for local authorities to maximise the opportunities presented through pension funds to improve local infrastructure.

Housing experts have denounced the government’s ‘pay to stay’ policy, claiming forcing social housing tenants with higher incomes to pay more in rent will discourage them from increasing their earnings.

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