February 2018 Blog Posts (5)

Liverpool plans referendum on 10% council tax rise - The Guardian

Mayor says ‘desperate’ council needs £90m over next three years amid government cuts

Liverpool’s mayor, Joe Anderson

The people of Liverpool could be asked to vote on whether they should pay up to 10% more council tax to help their “desperate” local authority maintain public services in the face of government cuts.

Joe Anderson, Liverpool’s mayor, wants to…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 8, 2018 at 11:40 — No Comments

Council tax rises on the way as local authorities try to stay afloat - The Guardian

95% of councils in England could increase charges in April, while some will cut services

A council tax bill

Local authorities in England are teetering on the edge of a financial crisis, with most planning to increase council tax from April while continuing to cut services, a survey has found.…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 8, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments

Surrey, UK’s richest county, hit by £100m cash crisis - The Times

Nine out of ten authorities will go over budget

Surrey’s usable reserves have been vastly depleted since 2013

Britain’s richest county is facing a £100 million cash crisis as scores of councils struggle to close budget deficits, an investigation has found.

Surrey county council has one of the worst financial shortfalls in the country, according to research seen by The Times. The disclosure came as nearly every part of England warned of tax rises to make ends meet and…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 8, 2018 at 11:10 — No Comments

Number of council homes sold off under Right to Buy increases five-fold in six years after Tories lift cap - The Independent

Councils warn spiralling sell-off of low-cost homes is 'unsustainable' as Labour calls for scheme to be halted

The rapid loss of social housing because of the Right to Buyscheme has been laid bare after new figures revealed more than five times more homes are being sold now…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 2, 2018 at 11:14 — No Comments

Finsbury Park attack: man 'brainwashed by anti-Muslim propaganda' convicted - The Guardian

Darren Osborne is found guilty of terrorist killing outside mosque, triggering review of extreme right threat

A man “brainwashed” within a month by anti-Muslim propaganda has been found guilty of a murderous terrorist attack on worshippers leaving a mosque, triggering a complete review of the national security threat posed by the extreme right.

A jury took less than an hour to be convinced that Darren Osborne, 48, drove a van into a crowd of Muslims near a…

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Added by Joanne Beaumont on February 2, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

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