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Council officers' CSE commitment after inquiry

Council officers' CSE commitment after inquiry

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.

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Opinion

Gauging the pressures

Council officers' CSE commitment after inquiry

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.

Crisis commissioners?

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.

Great Expectations

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.

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Best Practice

How we handled Hovelgate

How we handled Hovelgate

If Trading Standards is in your portfolio, dodgy schemes are just part of the job.

Analysis

Leading the pack

Leading the pack

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.

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.

Golf boosts Wirral economy by £76m

The Open golf championship at the Royal Liverpool last summer boosted the local economy by more than £75m, according to a new report presented to Wirral MBC.

GatenbySanderson buy-out

Public sector recruitment specialists GatenbySanderson has completed a management buy-out of the firm from founder, Graham Goodwin.