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Manchester DCS quits after damning Ofsted report

Manchester DCS quits after damning Ofsted report

Manchester City Council’s director of children’s services has quit his post, following a damning Ofsted report last month.

Wirral votes for devolution

Wirral Council had voted to support a motion calling on the government to devolve more powers and funding from Whitehall to the city regions and local authorities in England.

Councils approve trading standards merger

Surrey and Buckingham CC have approved plans to merge their trading standards services in a bid to save almost £400,000 a year.

Salford wins judicial review over transport cuts

Salford City Council has won a legal battle over plans to cut wheelchair bus services to day centres.

Cabinet seat call for cities

The Government should consider giving cities a permanent seat at cabinet, a 12-month inquiry published today recommends.

NHS calls for more cash to meet funding shortfall

The NHS has launched a plea for more cash as NHS England announced there will be an £8bn-a-year black hole in funding over the next five years - and called for more measures on health prevention.

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Opinion

Step up to redress your reputations

Manchester DCS quits after damning Ofsted report

Editor Heather Jameson on the City Growth Commission's call for a permanent seat at Cabinet for local representatives.

Respecting the real headline-makers

Despite UKIP’s successes, David Walker assesses the wider challenges ‘protest parties’ would face in government – and the consistent work local government continues to produce in areas that don’t always make the news.

Muted response to Lyons despite housing crisis

Some 80% of us believe there is a housing crisis so why did the Lyons Review on housing receive such a muted response, asks chief executive of Ipsos MORI Ben Page.

If the welfare cap fits, wear it

Features editor Jonathan Werran on the countdown to chancellor George Osborne's quite wintry Autumn Statement on 3 December.

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.

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Best Practice

A Network of friends

A Network of friends

Freya Burley explains how a social pedagogic approach to fostering is proving successful in a new series of pilots via The Fostering Network.

Analysis

Open door policies

Open door policies

Stephen Hughes analyses ways in which the level of investment needed for housing can be attained.

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.