Senior Birmingham City Council officers have expressed their commitment to tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE) after an inquiry into the issue.
Government spending targets are 'insane'
A former ministerial adviser has questioned the Government’s spending forecasts, saying the targets were ‘impossible’ and ‘insane’.
Norfolk under fire for decision to plug charity pension fund deficit
Opposition councillors at Norfolk CC have described as ‘scandalous’ a closed-doors decision to fund a charity’s pension deficit by £700,000.
Cameron rules out English fiscal devolution in Betts clash
Prime minister David Cameron ruled out fiscal devolution for England as he clashed with communities and local government committee chair Clive Betts.
Sector gears up for #OurDay tweet marathon
Councillors and council staff are set to take part in a 24-hour social media marathon this Wednesday, attempting to beat figures from last year's event when 11,000 tweets from 3,500 local government Twitter accounts reached some three million people [..]
Sparks relinquishes Dudley role
Chair of the Local Government Association, Cllr David Sparks, has stood down with immediate effect from his role as leader of Dudley MBC to focus on his national responsibilities.
Even if there is a slackening and the timetables are revised the pressure on spending won’t miraculously lift. What can UK authorities do as they await devolution resolutions, asks David Walker
Questioning the concept of austerity
With a week to go before the Autumn Statement and six months before the general election chancellor George Osborne’s room for fiscal manoeuvre is looking increasingly boxed in.
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, writes Carey Oppenheim.
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.
If Trading Standards is in your portfolio, dodgy schemes are just part of the job.
Mike Emmerich and Mark Morrin explain how new powers granted to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority will blaze a devolutionary trail for other local areas to follow.