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Prime minister David Cameron has announced plans to stop council tax and business rates payments for properties seriously damaged by the riots.
The government has admitted it cannot force councils in England to provide weekly bin collections.
Plans are to be drawn up which would see the auditing of councils’ accounts outsourced to the private sector.
There is always something of a pendulum effect in local politics as those in government at Westminster lose seats locally but the recent local election results show it is swinging in a most unusual fashion. Come the morning after the night before, the two halves of the coalition both woke up with sore heads, but for very different reasons.
Eric Pickles, the Local Government Secretary, is to order councils to list the staff and detail their responsibilities.
The local government finance settlement was finalised on Monday, with the upper limit for cuts to local authority revenue spending power adjusted down from 8.9% to 8.8%.
Alex Thomson, Chief Executive of Localis, has given evidence to the Localism Bill Committee.
Localis has produced a report based on a survey of a quarter of finance heads in local councils on the local government settlement.
Councils are to be put in charge of encouraging healthier lifestyles under plans to be unveiled by ministers.