CHANCELLOR Philip Hammond should use the Budget bring forward £1.5bn from the Better Care Fund to plug holes in social care funding during 2017-18 and commit to closing the gap for the rest of the decade, MPs have said.

Mark Raeburn, managing director of Capita One, examines the factors local authorities need to consider in implementing the next stage of the SEND reforms.

SURREY County Council's leader reached a "gentlemen's agreement" with the Chancellor and local government secretary Sajid Javid to call off a planned 15 per cent rise in council tax rise.

WOMEN are still significantly underrepresented in leadership roles across Wales, according to new report.

YORKSHIRE council leaders are to hold talks on the possibility of pursuing a "White Rose" devolution deal for the whole county, despite the Government saying it opposes the plan.

SOCIAL CARE will get an extra £2bn over the next three years, with £1bn for 2017-18, to help councils ease pressure on services, Philip Hammond has announced.

BUSINESS RATES revaluations will be reformed to make them more frequent and avoid the "dramatic" hikes the present system can deliver, the Chancellor has announced.

THE SPRING BUDGET included an extra £2bn for social care over the next three years, a pledge to reform business rates revaluations, as well as measures to boost skills, ease congestion and boost devolution to London. LGE rounds up reaction to the Chancellor's announcements from local government and beyond.

BUDGET measures to establish new schools and repairing existing ones are welcome but councils must be handed back powers to build and improve schools themselves if the rising demand for places is to be met, the Local Government Association has said.

DELAYED discharges from hospitals due to a lack of suitable home care rose by almost half in the year to January, according to the latest statistics.

£392m will be invested in transport, infrastructure and supporting growth to kick-start the Midlands Engine, Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced.

WELSH Councils continue to face challenges in producing accurate accounts earlier and managing budget constraints, auditors have said.