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LGA demands academy auditing powers

LGA demands academy auditing powers

Councils want to claw back control of school auditing responsibilities as leaders challenge Whitehall over a string of spending abuses by academies and free schools.

'Business as usual' amid end of metro mayor rumours

Whitehall has denied claims that Theresa May is planning to axe controversial plans to impose directly elected mayors on regions as a prerequisite to devolution.

Inverclyde director promoted to chief executive

Inverclyde Council has appointed senior director Aubrey Fawcett as its new chief executive.

Hold-up of controversial scheme 'issue of timing not policy'

Holyrood remains ‘firmly committed’ to its controversial named person policy despite its implementation being delayed by a UK Supreme Court ruling.

WMCA receives first cash boost

New communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced the transfer of the first cash injection to the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), proclaiming it is now time to ‘fire up the Midlands Engine’.

Councils take action after ombudsman criticism

Two west London councils failed to work together effectively to support a woman at risk of domestic violence, the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has found.

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Opinion

Rates research has some surprises

LGA demands academy auditing powers

CCN director Simon Edwards on what can be learnt from research ahead of the single biggest local government shake-up in modern times.

Dear Jeremy

Director of South East England Councils Heather Bolton gives health secretary Jeremy Hunt eight ways to ensure councils can play a full role in STPs.

Going for Gold in local government

Heather Jameson urges local government to harness the spirit of Team GB, and build pride, confidence and joy in communities.

Let’s look at the art of the possible

What started off as a sign local government could stand on its own two feet is starting to look like anything but, writes Heather Jameson.

Stick your input in, your output out

Birmingham City Council's chief executive Mark Rogers says local government can learn from Half Man, Half Biscuit’s Nigel Blackwell.

Time for a change in urban policy

Now is perhaps the time to re-evaluate the success, or more importantly the failure, of urban policy over the past decades, writes Michael Burton.

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Best Practice

A 21st century public leader

A 21st century public leader

Public service leaders need to embody a wide range of characteristics but the current volatile environment needs a very different type of model, says Deborah Cadman.

Analysis

Can Burnham burst the Westminster bubble?

Can Burnham burst the Westminster bubble?

After being named Labour’s candidate for the Greater Manchester metro mayor, Andy Burnham talks to Thomas Bridge about his aims for the role, the future of devolution and why he wants to step away from Westminster and into local government.

Private sector

Interserve loses £34m

Support services firm Interserve has announced £34m losses in the first half of this year after a costly exit from the energy-from-waste sector.

Bristol to launch waste company

Bristol City Council has approved plans for all its waste services to be delivered by one council-owned company.

Serco and Morgan Sindall bounce back with strong results

Two international outsourcing giants have reported increases in profits this year, as rival local government contractor Liberata is sold for £43m.