10 years since the start of the crisis: back to recovery thanks to decisive EU action

The global financial crisis began 10 years ago and led to the European Union’s worst recession in its six-decade history. The crisis did not start in Europe but EU institutions and Member States needed to act resolutely to counter its impact and address the shortcomings of the initial set-up of the Economic and Monetary Union. … Read more

Developers renege on affordable homes as countryside faces housing crisis

Council targets to meet local need missed in many areas New research from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), released today, shows a growing crisis of affordable housing provision in many rural areas. Using Government data, the research indicates that the proportion of affordable homes being provided by non-metropolitan local authorities has halved in … Read more

‘Transport deserts’ risk as new research reveals bus funding crisis: better funding and Bus Services Bill powers needed to reverse decline, say campaigners

New research out today reveals supported bus services have been hit hard by funding cuts with over 500 routes completely withdrawn or reduced across England and Wales in 2016/17. The ‘Buses in Crisis’ research by Campaign for Better Transport  shows that nearly £30 million has been cut from local authority supported bus funding in the last … Read more

LGA Analysis: Council tax rises will not fix local government funding crisis

Council tax rises in 2017/18 will not bring in enough money to prevent the need for further deep cuts to local services next year, the Local Government Association warns today. All councils can raise council tax by up to 1.99 per cent in 2017/18 to fund local services without the need for a referendum – most … Read more

The Chancellor should use £2.4bn in unallocated business rates to ease the social care funding crisis, says UNISON

The government could ease the social care crisis by handing councils back billions in surplus cash raised from business rates, says a report published today (Wednesday) by UNISON. The government expects to receive a £2.4bn windfall from business taxes next year, and for the two subsequent years. This is because it now receives more in … Read more