Cuts force councils to neglect preventative services despite Government aspirations January 29, 2019

A respected quarterly survey found a very significant gap between what council chief executives and leaders feel they should be spending on prevention and what they actually spend. This gap equates to an £8.7bn shortfall in spending on prevention. The news comes in the wake of the launch of two Government strategies designed to encourage […]

Councils’ leaderships reveal Brexit’s negative impact on community cohesion January 29, 2019

Over half of local authority chiefs believe Brexit is having a negative impact on community cohesion, with many areas witnessing a rise in hate crime and division. Less than 2 per cent feel it is having a positive effect. 73 per cent of Labour councils feel Brexit is having a negative impact, compared to 35 […]

Survey reveals steep decline in council capacity to deliver social care October 25, 2018

The confidence of council leaderships in their capacity to deliver adult social care has declined by over 20 per cent in just eight months. Survey also found that 97 per cent are planning to raise council tax from March 2019 as a result of funding cuts and increasing demand. Almost half of councils say they […]

Most local authorities will only deliver the bare minimum in five years’ time August 9, 2018

Northamptonshire is just the beginning: most local authorities will only deliver the bare minimum in five years’ time Only one third of councils feel they will financially be able to provide discretionary services beyond 2023 and may cut back to the legal minimum. Communities are facing the loss of essential services – with libraries, parks […]

Council Chiefs Sound Alarm on Brexit March 5, 2018

Nationwide survey finds overwhelming majority of Council Leaders and Chief Executives think Brexit will damage local economies. Large majority also say they are receiving inadequate support from Government to plan for Brexit. Weaker local economies would lead to a lower ability to raise business rates – something that local services will increasingly come to rely […]