News

Balls ploughs ahead with mansion tax plans

Balls ploughs ahead with mansion tax plans

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls is ploughing ahead with plans for a mansion tax despite criticism from senior Labour figures.

Auditors to probe Pembrokeshire chief's payoff

Welsh spending watchdogs are poised to scrutinise the severance deal of Pembrokeshire County Council chief executive Bryn Parry-Jones.

Jan Ormondroyd parachuted in to Rotherham

Former Bristol City Council chief executive Jan Ormondroyd has been selected to lead beleaguered Rotherham MBC as interim chief executive, with a troubleshooting brief to manage ongoing reviews, it has been revealed.

Bedroom tax hits the North most, ALMOs' research indicates

Residents in the North of England continue to face the greatest impact of the so-called bedroom tax, a national survey conducted by three major council housing organisations has revealed.

New shared chief appointed

Malvern Hills DC and Wychavon DC have appointed Jack Hegarty as their shared chief executive/managing director.

Sparks: councils cannot take further budget cuts

Councils will tell the next government in 2015 that the sector cannot take any more cuts, the chair of the Local Government Association tells SOLACE Summit.

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Opinion

Districts' devolution direction

Balls ploughs ahead with mansion tax plans

Devolution should be about place and make sense for communities and not be a tool to re-ignite a rather tired structures debate, writes South Norfolk DC chief executive Sandra Dineen.

Youngsters being let down by the system

Something is going wrong with care system, says Kate Mulley, director of public policy at Action for Children.

Decentralise, deliver

We can disagree on the future shape of local government or the composition of Parliament, but counties are united in shared localist ambitions, writes Ross Henley.

Keep the door open on the road to devolution

It is less than a month ago that the Scots voted on independence, the poll which kicked off the debate on devolution. How far has it come?

It takes courage to innovate

Most councils are actively pursuing a successful change agenda, but authorities would do well to also share learning from when things go wrong, writes Paul Lankester.

Spanish main opportunity

Barcelona's ambitious energy from waste management programme is a sustainable strategy British councils should learn from, writes Paul O'Brien.

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Best Practice

Rising from the ruins

Cheshire West & Chester Council was instrumental in helping to create a vibrant new hub for one of the UK’s most deprived areas. Its work won the accolade of Community Investor at this year’s MJ Awards

Analysis

Safe as houses

Safe as houses

Sir Michael Lyons’ independent review of housing for the Labour Party was launched last week with the aim of meeting the party’s pledge to see the nation build 200,000 homes a year by 2020 within existing budgetary constraints. Jonathan Werran [..]

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.

No buyer found to save airport from closure

Local authorities are planning to extend the Lancashire Enterprise Zone to cover Blackpool International Airport, which closed yesterday (15 October).

Council’s deal to sell off ACL brings Wasps to Coventry

Coventry City Council has agreed to sell its share in the company that runs the Ricoh Arena to the Wasps Rugby Club, in a deal reportedly worth around £30m.