An audit report in Scotland said that local councils needed to improve their planning and control of major capital projects.
Source: Major Capital Investment in Councils, Audit Scotland
An audit report highlighted the increasing difficulty faced by local authorities in England in absorbing cuts in central government funding without reducing services. Only half the savings required by them by March 2015 had been delivered, and 1 in 8 was at risk of being unable to balance its books.
Source: Financial Sustainability of Local Authorities, HC 888 (Session 201213), National Audit Office, TSO
A report examined the outcome of a pilot of community budgets. It said that extending community budgets in England could save up to £4 billion per year. Devolving more decisions to local areas would also lead to better services.
Source: Ernst & Young LLP, Whole Place Community Budgets: A review of the potential for aggregation, Local Government Association
Notes: Community budgets bring together public sector funding in local areas to give authorities such as local councils, the police, and health services the ability to integrate their work and design services around the needs of the people who use them.