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100% rates retention Bill revealed

100% rates retention Bill revealed

Much-anticipated framework legislation that will pave the way for local government to retain all of the business rates it collects by 2020 has been published.

Chiefs warn school reforms not ‘way forward’

Council chief executives have warned that Holyrood plans to reform the way schools are run are not ‘the way forward for Scottish education’.

Long-term success of refugee resettlement programme at risk

A lack of clarity on what local authorities should provide to Syrian refugees poses a threat to the long-term success of the Government’s resettlement programme, MPs have warned.

Scottish councils in budget stand off

Some councils north of the border are refusing to accept the Scottish Government’s draft finance settlement before the deadline.

NHB reforms 'could hit housing growth'

Reforms to the New Homes Bonus (NHB) outlined in the provisional local government finance settlement will stunt future housing growth, the District Councils’ Network (DCN) has warned.

Pan-Yorkshire devo deal back on agenda after minister's backing

Yorkshire leaders appear to have softened their stance towards a whole-region deal after the Government’s Northern Powerhouse minister hinted his preference for the idea.

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Opinion

Shaping reorganisation around economic growth

100% rates retention Bill revealed

Abdool Kara argues economic growth should be a key design principle in any reorganisation debate.

The NHB reforms are unfair and counterproductive

Cllr Sharon Taylor reacts to the Government's finance settlement consultation.

The future governance of local enterprise partnerships

Local enterprise partnerships are not democratic institutions but with responsibility for significant sums of public money, Ed Hammond says there should be expectations around strong local accountability.

Alone again

Loneliness is a major modern-day public health issue and a drain on resources. Cllr Michelle Lowe explains why tackling the root causes must be a priority for councils

Keeping housing ratios real

The UK is in the grip of a major housing crisis, but it will take more than bricks and mortar for the Government to meet its housing targets, writes Cllr David Finch

Transformation is dead

Transformation is the word on everyone’s lips, but Simon Parker argues the big wins are not in the technology, but in the human relationships it enables

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Best Practice

Independence way

Independence way

Gill Steward explains how Bexley LBC’s services for older and disabled adults will enable them to feel part of the wider community and not merely patients in the health and social care system

Analysis

Time to transform

Time to transform

In just six months the prime minister has pulled down the cornerstones of the David Cameron era in an attempt to solve the Brexit conundrum. Sam Clayden speaks to sector leaders about the future for public sector reform under Theresa May’s [..]

Private sector

Council is rapped over outsourcing care services

The outgoing Local Government Ombudsman has warned local authorities they ‘cannot contract out accountability’ when awarding contracts for care home services.

IoW in £200,000 energy deal

Isle of Wight Council is expected to light up the new year by investing more than £200,000 in a community energy project.

Crowdfunder site vows to work with authorities

The crowdfunding website Funding Circle has insisted it remains committed to local authorities despite the end of its partnership with Herefordshire Council.