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Whitehall should be 'embarrassed' by PAC report

Whitehall should be 'embarrassed' by PAC report

Whitehall should be ‘embarrassed’ by the findings of a public accounts committee (PAC) report into the extension of right to buy, according to the committee’s chair.

Council rapped over lack of training

A Scottish council has been rapped by a regulator for repeatedly failing to train staff around data protection.

Report: Chiefs upbeat despite cuts

Town hall bosses remain upbeat about developing new approaches to delivering services despite public sector cutbacks, a new report has claimed.

Under-funding claims after MPs' mental health criticism

A significant number of councils and health services are failing to identify mental health issues when children enter care, a select committee report has found.

Minister on devolution: Take it or leave it

A government minister has told East Anglia it can either take or leave the devolution deal signed before the Budget.

Morgan stands firm on forced academisation

Local authority staff working on school improvement will have to leave councils if they wish to be involved with multi-academy trusts (MAT), education secretary Nicky Morgan has announced.

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Opinion

Are we here or there?

Whitehall should be 'embarrassed' by PAC report

Local identity and ‘connectedness’ are under increasing pressure. Dr Jonathan Carr-West explains why councils must address the issue of community

Key messages from The MJ Future Forum

Local government had much to chew over at The MJ Future Forum. Michael Burton delivers the lessons learnt on finance, devolution and ongoing transformation.

A true test of local powers

Nick Forbes explains why the steel crisis proves devolution of business rates must be accompanied with protections for councils and greater power over job creation

The long and winding road

As the Housing and Planning Bill returns to the Commons, Lord Porter explains the many battles waged to ensure councils get the reforms they need

Getting into a muddle over the nation’s education

With evidence proving council run schools perform better than academies, Heather Jameson says the Government needs to find a local not ideological approach to education

Cracks are showing in devo deals

With the East Anglia devolution deal already cracking under pressure, Heather Jameson says the Government's unworkable approach lies at the root of ongoing devolution problems

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Best Practice

When your bond is your word

When your bond is your word

Sir Merrick Cockell examines New Zealand’s municipal bonds agency and asks what lessons can be learned by the UK

Analysis

Tensions over rate retention

Tensions over rate retention

As the sector awaits details of business rates retention, Dan Peters talks to Duncan Whitfield about his verdict on the landmark devolution of powers

Private sector

‘Develop private sector JVs,’ authorities are told

Councils need to develop stronger working relationships if joint ventures (JVs) with the private sector are to succeed, according to a new report.

Luton’s long-term plan to attract £1.5bn

Luton BC has launched a 20-year plan designed to attract £1.5bn of inward investment to the borough.

Serco apology over failure to pay schools’ staff wages

Outsourcing giant Serco has apologised to schools in Lincolnshire after failing to pay staff wages and invoices.