Only 5% of council leaders optimistic about Brexit, as planning eats up resources October 29, 2019

Key Findings: Councils are increasingly pessimistic about the impact of Brexit. 71% of council chiefs expect it to have a negative or very negative impact on their local economy – an increase of 16% since March 2018. Those who expect Brexit to have a positive or very positive impact has halved to 5%. Among Conservative-led […]

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 […]