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  1. August 7, 2014

    Scottish vote fuels row over Barnett formula

    Scotland’s independence referendum is fuelling controversy about one of the UK’s thorniest issues – the share-out of public...

  2. July 7, 2014

    Millions in the UK training for non-existent jobs

    Within a decade millions of people in the UK will have qualifications for non-existent jobs, the new chairman of the Local...

  1. June 23, 2014

    Council and school staff vote to strike

    Britain faces one of its biggest protests against the effects of government spending cuts after local government workers...

  2. March 23, 2014

    More state land must be used for homes, says Sir John Ritblat

    More needs to be done to free up land for housebuilding if the government is to reduce the risk of a bubble in the...

  3. February 11, 2014

    Planners seek cash for fast ruling

    Westminster Council has sought permission from the Treasury to accept cash payments from property developers to speed up...

  4. August 28, 2013

    Serious imbalance in UK policy making, warns Local Government Association

    Plans to give English MPs a greater say over England-only legislation will fail to address the serious imbalance in UK...

  5. July 4, 2013

    Councils warn of widening financial black hole

    The financial black hole faced by councils is widening by £2bn a year amid “counter-productive” funding cuts, and could...

  6. June 26, 2013

    Arts organisations express relief over funding settlement

    Arts bodies expressed relief that George Osborne had protected the sector from draconian cuts in the spending review but...

  7. June 26, 2013

    UK cuts will ‘stretch essential services to breaking point’

    Further steep cuts in funding for local councils “will stretch essential services to breaking point in many areas”, Sir...

  8. June 20, 2013

    Ed Miliband eyes penalties for builders who fail to develop land

    Housebuilders would face financial penalties for sitting on undeveloped land under Labour plans to boost building and tackle...

  9. May 9, 2013

    Councils warn of local services ‘meltdown’ due to cuts

    Ministers should end the ringfence around health and education budgets to prevent a “meltdown” in local services, councils...

  10. April 1, 2013

    Town hall bonus for new homes under fire

    A £3bn programme to reward councils that oversee more homebuilding is facing calls for an “urgent review” after Whitehall...

  11. March 26, 2013

    Survey shows local service cuts to come

    The Conservative chairman of the Local Government Association has warned of the “calm before the storm”, as a survey of 81...

  12. March 14, 2013

    Highways on road to ruin, warn councils

    As ministers focus on securing external investment in key infrastructure projects, they have been warned that much of...

  13. March 12, 2013

    School ministers consider bond market

    Education ministers are considering turning to the bond market to raise more than £1bn to revive stalled plans to rebuild...

  14. March 8, 2013

    Councils plead on home building

    The chancellor will be urged by Britain’s local authorities to use this month’s Budget to end restrictions on their ability...

  15. February 26, 2013

    Moody’s downgrades UK councils

    Moody’s has downgraded the credit ratings of some UK councils, housing associations, universities and Transport for London...

  16. January 31, 2013

    Councils in court over benefit changes

    A policy dubbed “the new poll tax” by critics is to be tested in the courts, in the first concrete sign of a public backlash...

  17. January 29, 2013

    Bill lets developers sidestep councils

    Developers wanting to build large offices, warehouses and factories will be able to sidestep local authority planning...

  18. FT Data

    January 21, 2013

    Making academies work

    On the Today programme last week, Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of schools, announced that Ofsted, the...

  19. January 9, 2013

    London councils face adult care costs gap

    The cost of caring for London’s ageing population is swallowing up a rising proportion of council budgets and will lead to a...

  20. December 21, 2012

    Retailers fight online trend with fairy lights

    From garlands of glittering gold holly to twinkling canopies of dazzling stars; when it comes to fighting online retailing,...

  21. December 18, 2012

    Big rise in councils sharing to save cash

    The vast majority of England’s councils have set up agreements with other local authorities to share services in an effort...

  22. December 14, 2012

    Councils target second home tax discounts

    Hundreds of thousands of people who own second homes face a rise in their council tax bills within months as local...

  23. November 25, 2012

    Councils angry at £1bn of stealth cuts

    Council leaders have accused the government of imposing some £1bn of cuts by stealth, leaving town halls dealing with an...

  24. October 29, 2012

    High street taskforce attacks delay

    The chairman of a new taskforce designed to tackle the blight of run-down high streets has criticised the communities...

  25. October 25, 2012

    Osborne urged to halt planning changes

    George Osborne has been urged not to shake up the planning system by an alliance of councils and property companies who have...

  26. October 24, 2012

    Birmingham loses ‘historic’ equal pay case

    More women could bring compensation claims for equal pay before the High Court after a ruling by the Supreme Court on...

  27. October 15, 2012

    Revolt brews over council tax overhaul

    A Liberal Democrat revolt over what one peer termed the “new poll tax” was in prospect on Monday as critics warned that a...

  28. September 16, 2012

    Planning move seen as ‘blow to democracy’

    A Labour shadow minister has condemned a move by ministers to take planning decisions away from councils, describing it as a...

  29. August 27, 2012

    ‘Pay windows’ open way to dodge clamp

    When George Osborne announced in 2010 that public sector workers would endure a two-year pay freeze, the news was attacked...

  30. Westminster Blog

    August 14, 2012

    Ministers move away from the private sector

    Last week, Sir Merrick Cockell, the head of the Local Government Association, made some interesting comments about how the...

  31. August 9, 2012

    Council chief calls for outsourcing rethink

    The days of assuming that private companies offer the best way of delivering public services are over, the head of the Local...

  32. July 19, 2012

    Households struggle to get flood cover

    Households across the country are experiencing problems obtaining flood insurance after ministers’ failure to reach a speedy...

  33. July 17, 2012

    Academy cash to be returned to councils

    Almost £60m is being returned to local authorities after around 30 threatened to seek a judicial review of the amount of...

  34. July 3, 2012

    BoE urged to lend via regional funds

    The Bank of England should fund small businesses directly through a network modelled on Germany’s regional lenders to...

  35. June 26, 2012

    Bigger bill ahead for care of elderly

    Working age households face an even larger burden of supporting pensioners than previously expected, even though pensioners...

  36. June 19, 2012

    Town halls urge solution to care crisis

    Councils in England and Wales have called on the three main political parties to resolve the looming crisis in social care...

  37. May 24, 2012

    Gove unveils school rebuilding decision

    Hundreds of England’s most dilapidated schools are to be rebuilt or refurbished after the government announced the results...

  38. April 20, 2012

    Councils call to crack down on ‘chuggers’

    Councils are calling for new powers to crack down on “chuggers” – or street fundraisers – who collar passers-by for...

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