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Cameron rules out English fiscal devolution in Betts clash

Cameron rules out English fiscal devolution in Betts clash

Prime minister David Cameron has ruled out fiscal devolution for England as he clashed with communities and local government committee chair Clive Betts.

Showdown talks for LEP Network future

The central organisation for coordinating the work of England’s 39 local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) is due for showdown talks with growth minister Greg Clark over its limited resources, as it faces the possibility of closing down from 8 December [..]

Portsmouth and Southampton talk combined authorities

The leaders of Portsmouth and Southampton city councils have said they would support the idea of a combined authority in the Solent area.

Tower Hamlets: no 'Trojan Horse' in our borough

Tower Hamlets has sought to rebut accusations its schools were subject to ‘Trojan Horse’ style Islamic infiltration, in the wake of a series of snap Ofsted inspections in the troubled London borough.

Core Cities make demands of Hague

Leaders of the Core Cities have urged ministers to devolve powers to UK urban areas in the same timeframe as Scottish devolution.

MPs and Ofsted clash over CSE failures

Ofsted has criticised council leadership on child sexual exploitation (CSE) hours after MPs demanded explanations from the inspectorate over how children in Rotherham were failed.

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Opinion

Crisis commissioners?

Cameron rules out English fiscal devolution in Betts clash

The recent Tower Hamlets intervention underlines the importance of statutory officer posts and represents a volte face by communities secretary Eric Pickles, writes Stephen Hughes.

Getting it right for families - integrating services from conception to age 5

Organising services coherently matters for families who don’t want to have to repeat their story endlessly and who expect practitioners to share information and as a result plan their support and care more effectively, writes Carey Oppenheim.

Great Expectations

Local Government Ombudsman, Dr Jane Martin, explains the power of people input in developing a new vision for good complaint handling in health and social care.

Public satisfaction paradox

Local government has soldiered on and maintained satisfaction levels, but for how much longer can councils fight the tide of the times, asks Ben Page.

Let councils write their own job specs

Central government needs to massively scale back on statutory duties and give councils the chance to write their own job descriptions, based on local priorities and needs, writes Heather Jameson.

Slow but steady wins the day

Incremental change and ‘subsidiarity’ should be the way forward for English devolution, argues Bob Neill

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Best Practice

Are you ready for the challenge?

Are you ready for the challenge?

Councils should prepare and protect themselves ahead of biggest change to procurement rules in a decade, writes Emily Strange.

Analysis

On track for a Midlands Powerhouse

On track for a Midlands Powerhouse

The West Midlands has belatedly become the latest region to announce a combined authority. Michael Burton talks to Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore and chief executive Mark Rogers about their plans for a Midlands Powerhouse boosted by [..]

Private sector

Bespoke internet service for social housing tenants

BT Business has launched a new shared internet service for housing associations to help improve the IT skills of tenants.

Golf boosts Wirral economy by £76m

The Open golf championship at the Royal Liverpool last summer boosted the local economy by more than £75m, according to a new report presented to Wirral MBC.

GatenbySanderson buy-out

Public sector recruitment specialists GatenbySanderson has completed a management buy-out of the firm from founder, Graham Goodwin.