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Wilshaw renews Birmingham City Council attack as he defends Ofsted

Wilshaw renews Birmingham City Council attack as he defends Ofsted

Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has renewed his attack on Birmingham City Council over its role in the Trojan Horse affair.

Cash for innovation programme after minister's praise

The children’s social care innovation programme will receive £100m over its life, the National Children and Adult Services Conference has been told.

Lamb roars against 'ridiculous' health and care divide

Lib Dem minister Norman Lamb has called for an end to the ‘ridiculous divide’ between health and social care.

LGA ponders child sexual exploitation response

The Local Government Association (LGA) could develop a peer challenge programme to specifically deal with the challenge of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Osborne plans 'metro mayor' for Greater Manchester

Chancellor George Osborne is set to foist a ‘metro mayor’ on Greater Manchester in return for greater control over key levers of economic growth, it has emerged.

Miliband to announce regional cabinet

Ed Miliband is set to announce that council leaders will join cabinet meetings if Labour win the next General Election later today.

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Opinion

Giving youth a chance

Wilshaw renews Birmingham City Council attack as he defends Ofsted

Alan Wood says this week’s National Children and Adult Services Conference is a chance to celebrate the ground-breaking work local government continues to put into helping children and young people

Are we up to the challenge?

Councils are delivering on children and young people’s services, but an increased emphasis on local solutions will be key to keeping up with demands, writes David Sparks

It’s decision time

David Pearson outlines the key challenges for health and social care that will be tackled at the National Children and Adult Services Conference.

Playing politics with finance won’t do

Party politics represents the greatest threat to a fair settlement for local government finances, writes Heather Jameson.

Councils are key to fighting HIV

Local authorities are best placed to mobilise the services needed to tackle awareness and prevent the spread of HIV. Luciana Berger explains.

Situations vacant

With an impeccable sense of timing for the half-term holidays, spending watchdogs the National Audit Office have just issued its overview report into the performance of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

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Best Practice

Derby day winners

Derby City Council scooped the awards for senior management team of the year and workforce transformation at this year’s The MJ Awards. Jonathan Werran investigates what made Derby stand head and shoulders above their peers in driving innovation, [..]

Analysis

The last throw of the dice

The last throw of the dice

As the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance publishes its interim report, chair of the Commission Darra Singh, tells Heather Jameson we are at a crucial turning point for local authority funding

Private sector

Public sector contracts: SMEs and big companies – friends or foe?

The best public sector procurement outcomes arise from a balance of small and large players working in collaboration, writes Chris Gough.

A lot more still needs to be done

The Five Year Forward View released last week provides a well-argued insight into Simon Stevens’ current thinking for the NHS, writes head of public healthcare at Grant Thornton UK, Bill Upton.

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.