Councils want to claw back control of school auditing responsibilities as leaders challenge Whitehall over a string of spending abuses by academies and free schools.
'Business as usual' amid end of metro mayor rumours
Whitehall has denied claims that Theresa May is planning to axe controversial plans to impose directly elected mayors on regions as a prerequisite to devolution.
Inverclyde director promoted to chief executive
Inverclyde Council has appointed senior director Aubrey Fawcett as its new chief executive.
Hold-up of controversial scheme 'issue of timing not policy'
Holyrood remains ‘firmly committed’ to its controversial named person policy despite its implementation being delayed by a UK Supreme Court ruling.
WMCA receives first cash boost
New communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced the transfer of the first cash injection to the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), proclaiming it is now time to ‘fire up the Midlands Engine’.
Councils take action after ombudsman criticism
Two west London councils failed to work together effectively to support a woman at risk of domestic violence, the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has found.
CCN director Simon Edwards on what can be learnt from research ahead of the single biggest local government shake-up in modern times.
Director of South East England Councils Heather Bolton gives health secretary Jeremy Hunt eight ways to ensure councils can play a full role in STPs.
Going for Gold in local government
Heather Jameson urges local government to harness the spirit of Team GB, and build pride, confidence and joy in communities.
Let’s look at the art of the possible
What started off as a sign local government could stand on its own two feet is starting to look like anything but, writes Heather Jameson.
Stick your input in, your output out
Birmingham City Council's chief executive Mark Rogers says local government can learn from Half Man, Half Biscuit’s Nigel Blackwell.
Time for a change in urban policy
Now is perhaps the time to re-evaluate the success, or more importantly the failure, of urban policy over the past decades, writes Michael Burton.
Public service leaders need to embody a wide range of characteristics but the current volatile environment needs a very different type of model, says Deborah Cadman.
After being named Labour’s candidate for the Greater Manchester metro mayor, Andy Burnham talks to Thomas Bridge about his aims for the role, the future of devolution and why he wants to step away from Westminster and into local government.