Councils are facing unprecedented financial pressure and core services are creaking. How did we get here and what needs to happen? In this week’s bumper episode we speak to council leaders, the LGA, SOLACE and experts from the NAO, IFS and CfPS about their reaction to the findings of LGiU’s State of Local Government Finance […]
What does 2019 hold for local government? Is this the year councils finally get the clarity they desperately need on social care and funding? Although Whitehall is distracted by Brexit, there are some glimmers of hope that other policies are still on the agenda – including the NHS 10 year plan and the Waste Strategy. […]
2019 was supposed to be the year that we start to get some visibility on the way forward on some of our most intractable challenges but is that likely in a year that already looks to be consumed by Brexit, asks Jonathan Carr-West.
Does it matter if local government fails? Well obviously at LGiU we think it does, writes Jonathan Carr-West. But, why?
Pleasantly surprising or deeply disappointing? Cause for optimism or despair? Welcome extra cash or hush money? Listen to Jennifer and Jonathan lay out their very different views on the Chancellor’s Budget announcements this week – from potholes to social care, high street regeneration to business rate reliefs. We also bring you highlights from our member-only […]
Where next for council funding? That was the question we posed to our guests in Norwich City Hall at our recent roundtable on local government finance. We were joined by council leaders, cabinet members, chief executives and finance directors from councils across the East of England for a fascinating discussion of the key issues from […]
We have, believes Jonathan Carr-West, an increasingly accurate and compelling vision for how our civic futures could look. But how do we bridge the gap from where we are now to where we need to be?
Lloyds Bank Foundation's new research from the New Policy Institute looks at changes to local government spending supporting people facing disadvantage. For LGiU, Caroline Howe, Policy and National Programmes Manager, Lloyds Bank Foundation explains what they’ve found.
As Parliament grinds to a halt, we reflect on the situation in local government left by the vacuum of policy strategy on social care and funding, as well as the impact of a No Deal Brexit on councils. Plus we launch our #LocalGovReads campaign, asking what local government is reading over the summer, and some […]
Things lurch from bad to worse in Northamptonshire. Following the issue of a second section 114 notice and a scathing letter to councillors from the Finance Director condemning years of financial mismanagement that have left the council on the brink of collapse and needing to find another £60 – 70 million saving this year. The […]