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    1. December 18, 2014

      Council grant cuts ‘fair’, says coalition

      Local authorities in England and Wales will see their main government grant cut by £2.6bn next year, under plans set out by...

    2. December 12, 2014

      Councils net £667m in parking charges

      Local councils in England made £667m in profit from parking charges in the last financial year, according to RAC research,...

    1. December 11, 2014

      Tax credits study reveals scale of low pay in local government

      Local government employees are as likely to receive tax credits to top up their incomes as workers in the retail sector,...

    2. October 8, 2014

      Office to home conversions threaten future of City

      London mayor Boris Johnson has teamed up with business lobbyists and the property industry to warn that government planning...

    3. October 8, 2014

      Businesses evicted to make way for flats

      Businesses in the UK are losing out to housing developers, as a result of a change in government planning policy, according...

    4. September 19, 2014

      UK government under pressure over English devolution

      The Scottish independence referendum has placed the UK government under intensifying pressure for change to the way state...

    5. September 17, 2014

      Councils at risk with development deals

      Councils are turning to property development to help balance their books in the face of funding cuts, but risk being...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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,...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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