Manchester City Council’s director of children’s services has quit his post, following a damning Ofsted report last month.
Wirral votes for devolution
Wirral Council had voted to support a motion calling on the government to devolve more powers and funding from Whitehall to the city regions and local authorities in England.
Councils approve trading standards merger
Surrey and Buckingham CC have approved plans to merge their trading standards services in a bid to save almost £400,000 a year.
Salford wins judicial review over transport cuts
Salford City Council has won a legal battle over plans to cut wheelchair bus services to day centres.
Cabinet seat call for cities
The Government should consider giving cities a permanent seat at cabinet, a 12-month inquiry published today recommends.
NHS calls for more cash to meet funding shortfall
The NHS has launched a plea for more cash as NHS England announced there will be an £8bn-a-year black hole in funding over the next five years - and called for more measures on health prevention.
Editor Heather Jameson on the City Growth Commission's call for a permanent seat at Cabinet for local representatives.
Respecting the real headline-makers
Despite UKIP’s successes, David Walker assesses the wider challenges ‘protest parties’ would face in government – and the consistent work local government continues to produce in areas that don’t always make the news.
Muted response to Lyons despite housing crisis
Some 80% of us believe there is a housing crisis so why did the Lyons Review on housing receive such a muted response, asks chief executive of Ipsos MORI Ben Page.
If the welfare cap fits, wear it
Features editor Jonathan Werran on the countdown to chancellor George Osborne's quite wintry Autumn Statement on 3 December.
Youngsters being let down by the system
Something is going wrong with care system, says Kate Mulley, director of public policy at Action for Children.
We can disagree on the future shape of local government or the composition of Parliament, but counties are united in shared localist ambitions, writes Ross Henley.
Freya Burley explains how a social pedagogic approach to fostering is proving successful in a new series of pilots via The Fostering Network.
Stephen Hughes analyses ways in which the level of investment needed for housing can be attained.