Nottingham council calls for national campaign for sufficient funding to stop cuts

This was a motion moved by Labour Campaign for Council Housing supporter councillor Pavlos Kotsonis at Nottingham City Council. The resolution was passed with the support of the Labour group and three independent councillors.“Councils across the country face critical financial challenges and further cuts to jobs and services. £16billion has been slashed from central government … Continue reading Nottingham council calls for national campaign for sufficient funding to stop cuts

National campaign for funding of local government to prevent a new phase of austerity

30 Nottingham City Councillors have written to Keir Starmer calling on the Party to campaign for cancellation of local authority debt and funding of councils on the basis of local need. This is a welcome step in the face of the government's refusal to fully fund them for the extra costs associated with dealing with … Continue reading National campaign for funding of local government to prevent a new phase of austerity

81% of Labourlist readers call for Labour to demand cancellation of local authority debt

Following the publication on Labourlist of the letter to Keir Starmer signed by 30 Notingham City councillors (now 31) calling for Labour to campaign for debt cancellation, Labourlist included in one of its regular surveys of readers' opinion, the question, “Should Labour support cancellation of local authority debt?” Labourlist readers consist of around 80% Labour … Continue reading 81% of Labourlist readers call for Labour to demand cancellation of local authority debt

30 Nottingham City Councillors call on Labour to campaign for debt cancellation and council funding based on local needs

This is a letter signed by 30 Nottingham City councillors which they have sent to the Labour leadership. Letter to Keir Starmer, Angela Raynor & Steve Reed Dear Keir, Angela and Steve As concerned local councillors and trade unionists we are facing a financial crisis that has been exacerbated by the Covid emergency, but in … Continue reading 30 Nottingham City Councillors call on Labour to campaign for debt cancellation and council funding based on local needs

LGC survey shows scale of shortfall of government funding

Analysis of information from more than 50 councils on how the outbreak is impacting their financial position suggests the £1.6bn funding so far promised by ministers will only cover a quarter of the estimated financial impact of the crisis for councils with social care responsibilities. Overall the 51 councils in our sample reported a projected … Continue reading LGC survey shows scale of shortfall of government funding

Government funding still insufficient to cover financial impact of pandemic

The government has announced the distribution of its third tranche of funding for councils for the impact of coronavirus. The £500 million brings the total to £3.7 billion. According to the Local Government Chronicle this equates to 83% of cost pressures (extra spending). Councils would have to find £766 million without funding or make cuts. … Continue reading Government funding still insufficient to cover financial impact of pandemic

Sign our petition: Cancel local authority debt, £10 billion annual grant for council house building

To broaden the support for our debt cancellation campaign and opposition to a new phase of austerity we have put up this petition. Please sign it and share as widely as possible. https://www.megaphone.org.uk/petitions/no-to-local-government-austerity-cancel-debt-needs-based-funding-grants-to-build-council-housing?just_launched=true

“Comprehensive package” – it’s not enough Mr Jenrick

Robert Jenrick has unveiled his “comprehensive package” for local authorities. Councils will get An extra £500 million to cover the costs of responding to coronavirus, andWhere income losses are more than 5% of a council’s planned income from sales, fees and charges, the government will cover 75p in every pound lost. The first thing to … Continue reading “Comprehensive package” – it’s not enough Mr Jenrick

coronavirus funding gap rises to £7.4 billion

The financial impact of the coronavirus on local authority finances has risen by almost a fifth to £10.9bn in the space of a month, according to new figures from the Local Government Association. An LGA analysis of last month’s council financial returns to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government found that the gap … Continue reading coronavirus funding gap rises to £7.4 billion

Now Manchester City Council contemplates section 114 notice

Manchester City Council could be in the “territory” of issuing a section 114 notice by this autumn as it battles a financial shortfall of £133.2m, its treasurer has said. Covid-19 has left the council with £166.9m of reported pressures – predominantly lost income – but has only received £33.7m in additional funding from the Ministry … Continue reading Now Manchester City Council contemplates section 114 notice