Much-anticipated framework legislation that will pave the way for local government to retain all of the business rates it collects by 2020 has been published.
Chiefs warn school reforms not ‘way forward’
Council chief executives have warned that Holyrood plans to reform the way schools are run are not ‘the way forward for Scottish education’.
Long-term success of refugee resettlement programme at risk
A lack of clarity on what local authorities should provide to Syrian refugees poses a threat to the long-term success of the Government’s resettlement programme, MPs have warned.
Scottish councils in budget stand off
Some councils north of the border are refusing to accept the Scottish Government’s draft finance settlement before the deadline.
NHB reforms 'could hit housing growth'
Reforms to the New Homes Bonus (NHB) outlined in the provisional local government finance settlement will stunt future housing growth, the District Councils’ Network (DCN) has warned.
Pan-Yorkshire devo deal back on agenda after minister's backing
Yorkshire leaders appear to have softened their stance towards a whole-region deal after the Government’s Northern Powerhouse minister hinted his preference for the idea.
Abdool Kara argues economic growth should be a key design principle in any reorganisation debate.
The NHB reforms are unfair and counterproductive
Cllr Sharon Taylor reacts to the Government's finance settlement consultation.
The future governance of local enterprise partnerships
Local enterprise partnerships are not democratic institutions but with responsibility for significant sums of public money, Ed Hammond says there should be expectations around strong local accountability.
Loneliness is a major modern-day public health issue and a drain on resources. Cllr Michelle Lowe explains why tackling the root causes must be a priority for councils
Keeping housing ratios real
The UK is in the grip of a major housing crisis, but it will take more than bricks and mortar for the Government to meet its housing targets, writes Cllr David Finch
Transformation is dead
Transformation is the word on everyone’s lips, but Simon Parker argues the big wins are not in the technology, but in the human relationships it enables
Gill Steward explains how Bexley LBC’s services for older and disabled adults will enable them to feel part of the wider community and not merely patients in the health and social care system
In just six months the prime minister has pulled down the cornerstones of the David Cameron era in an attempt to solve the Brexit conundrum. Sam Clayden speaks to sector leaders about the future for public sector reform under Theresa May’s [..]