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Forbes: Social housing under threat

Forbes: Social housing under threat

The future of social housing has ‘never been under so much threat,’ Local Government Association senior vice president, Cllr Nick Forbes has told Labour’s party conference in Liverpool.

Interim chief vows to ‘get to bottom’ of South Ribble failures

South Ribble’s BC’s new interim chief executive has vowed to ‘get to the bottom’ of council failures, following a damning investigation into safeguarding.

Government committed to £95k exit cap

The Government remains committed to its plans to cap all public sector exit payments at £95,000 despite widespread opposition.

Chief to head Reading turnaround

Achieving for Children chief executive Nick Whitfield has been assigned to turn around Reading Council’s failing children’s services.

First UK council to divest pension fund from fossil fuels

Waltham Forest LBC has become the first local authority in the UK to divest its pension fund from all fossil fuels.

Lord O’Neill quits Northern Powerhouse role in Treasury

Key Northern Powerhouse champion Lord O’Neill has resigned as commercial secretary to the Treasury, in a further setback to the strategy.

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Opinion

What now for devolution?

Forbes: Social housing under threat

Lord O’Neill’s resignation letter reveals much about the position of devolution in Theresa May’s Government and councils should be concerned, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West

Back to school

Councils are achieving great results on education in London but question marks over government funding raise serious concerns over staff, standards and child outcomes. Cllr Peter John reflects on the lessons of the London Councils’ Education Summit

Reaching a turning point

Local government is in an excellent position to help improve the justice system, writes Bob Neill MP

Tricks of the trade

Sleight of hand is not confined to the Magic Circle and local government must be aware of the wizardry going on behind devolution, warns Abdool Kara.

Curing the health crisis

Mark Rogers makes his plea to Government over the future of STPs and the role social care must play in the national health crisis

Moment of truth

Local government faces two crucial deadline dates in the next few weeks, says Norma Atlay

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Best Practice

United in the social care challenge

Working more closely with the voluntary and community sector could offer councils a new way to tackle pressure on adult social care. Iain MacBeath explains how Hertfordshire CC launched a new fund to ensure the sector receives the support it needs

Analysis

The opaque cost of austerity

The opaque cost of austerity

While austerity has dominated the local government agenda since 2010, councils are now being hit by hidden costs. Cliff Dalton examines the financial impact of local government’s approach to savings and how the sector must respond

Private sector

Districts set to enter property business

Three more district councils are expected to join the growing number of local authorities entering the property business.

Aberdeen’s Hilton deal to create 350 jobs

Aberdeen City Council has signed a franchise deal with Hilton Worldwide to open a new hotel at the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).

£9.2m windfall for councils

Local authorities across the country are to receive a six-figure windfall after the council-owned company YPO announced £9.2m in dividends.