A ministerial group tasked with boosting the community budgets programme has been launched, as documents obtained by LGC revealed the extent to which a turbulent spending review period has hampered the programmes progress.
Local Government Chronicle argues that the current state of fractious central-local relations must improve to benefit both sides
Almost all public services could be opened up to private companies under plans being put forward by David Cameron.
Ministers much-vaunted community-based budgets programme is at risk of collapsing, senior council figures have warned.
Councillors should have to approve local authority salaries of more than £100,000, the government says.
David Cameron has attempted to breathe new life into his much-criticised Big Society initiative, declaring that it is his ?mission in politics? to make it succeed.
Eric Pickles, the Local Government Secretary, is to order councils to list the staff and detail their responsibilities.
David Cameron refused to rule out the possibility of the introduction of local fuel taxes as part of the local government finance review that is due to be published shortly.
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%.
Localis has welcomed with open arms many of the coalition governments policies to decentralise power to local government and communities. But without genuinely rebalancing the control of finances between central and local government, the governments commitment to decentralise power will only go so far.