State-funded homecare threatened by 'systemic under-funding'

State-funded homecare threatened by 'systemic under-funding'

Homecare providers have warned that a gaping hole in their finances poses ‘genuine risks’ to the viability of state-funded services as they threaten to pull out of council contracts.

Resident could lose home after court battle with council chief

A Carmarthenshire CC resident could lose her home as part of a long-running libel case with the council's chief executive.

Lincolnshire CC reject and ‘kill off’ devo deal

Lincolnshire CC has rejected plans for a Greater Lincolnshire Combined Authority and ‘killed off’ the prospect of a local devolution deal.

Isle of Wight U-turns to back Solent deal

Plans for a Solent Combined Authority have been approved by Isle of Wight Council, following a U-turn on local support.

Javid backs Homelessness Bill

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has given his backing to a Bill that would place a duty on councils to intervene earlier to prevent homelessness.

Greater Manchester health shift 'delegation not devolution'

The shifting of health powers to Greater Manchester is better described as delegation instead of devolution, a senior figure involved in the process has suggested.

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Most important for mayors

State-funded homecare threatened by 'systemic under-funding'

What must metro mayors prioritise once they take power in 2017? Paul Wheeler explains

Using Brexit to transform procurement

Local government is being stifled by a restrictive commissioning and procurement system but Brexit could offer a radical alternative route, writes Léonie Cowen

Does the North need its Powerhouse?

The North must shape its own destiny and cannot rely on the Government's Powerhouse plans, writes Ed Cox

A funny old world

Global upheaval and national uncertainty means local government needs to step in and instil a sense of control, writes Dr Jonathan Carr-West

Only the very brave need apply

With fresh pressure looming for local government, Heather Jameson says council chiefs will need to be tough enough to fight their corner and stand up to national politicians

Counting down to the Autumn Statement

Andrew Burns explains how next month's Autumn Statement will lay bare the chancellor's vision for local government and public services

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Best Practice

Speaking out on harmful behaviour

Speaking out on harmful behaviour

New approaches are needed to effectively deal with the issue of children sexually harming other young children, writes Javed Khan


Devolution – restoring faith in democracy?

Devolution – restoring faith in democracy?

The EU referendum and its aftermath have been poor examples of democracy in action. Stronger citizen involvement in devolution could restore public faith in systems of power and unite communities under a common purpose, writes Aidan Harper

Private sector

We’re helping to educate a new generation of people

School maintenance is a crucial issue but mounting demands in education mean the issue is being missed, says Neil Fergus

Slough takes back its waste services

Slough BC has agreed to bring its waste and recycling collections back in-house when the current contract with Amey ends.

Mouchel buy boosts Kier’s pre-tax profits

Pre-tax profits at Kier Group have soared by 45%, as another local government contractor, Mitie, warns results will be ‘significantly lower’ than previously thought.