Local government has been in quite a state for some time now
- a central issue being the lack of cash:
Futures Forum: The 'funding pressures' on local government
Futures Forum: The future of our care services: councils increasing tax to fund adult social care
Largely because local government is very limited as to how it can raise its income:
Futures Forum: Business rates: promising a 'fundamental reform of the system'
Futures Forum: County Council calls for "an urgent national review of local government funding" as "thousands of small businesses are set to be hammered by a rise in business rates"
Northamptonshire Council is having to sell off its HQ:
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: "a cash-strapped local authority is considering selling its new headquarters"
Radio 4's Briefing Room this evening looked at where we are now:
BBC Radio 4 - The Briefing Room, Is your local council going bust?