Liverpool chief Ged Fitzgerald suspended
Liverpool City Council has launched an independent disciplinary investigation into its chief executive Ged Fitzgerald.
Lib Dems fight for post-Grenfell action
The effective ‘privatisation’ of building control has led to a watering down of fire safety checks, the Lib Dems have claimed.
Key council vote on management overhaul
Lancashire CC’s cabinet is to vote today on a controversial new senior management structure that could force the departure of chief executive Jo Turton.
Rotherham wins back more control
Rotherham MBC has won back democratic control of all functions apart from children’s social care, the Government has confirmed.
IFS study casts doubt over backing for 100% business rate retention
Senior councillors and directors have expressed scepticism that 100% business rates retention will bring benefits, according to analysis from the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).
McDonnell: Do not let officers determine policies
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has warned Labour councillors not to let their officers determine the policies of their councils.
Council left with £20m bill after legal battle
Cumbria CC has been landed with a £21m bill after a disastrous dispute with its former highways contractor, Amey.
Rotherham officers 'missed opportunities' to uncover CSE
Senior officers at Rotherham MBC between 1997 and 2013 missed opportunities to uncover the scale of child sexual exploitation (CSE), a report examining their roles and performance has found.
New care legislation blamed for overspend
Dundee City Council is predicting a £4.2m overspend against its adjusted 2017/18 revenue budget, councillors will hear next week.
Brum leader faces down pressure to quit
Birmingham City Council’s leader was battling for his political survival this week as he faced down calls for him to quit over the long-running bin dispute.
Birmingham officers in warning over bin deal
A row is brewing between Birmingham City Council’s management and senior councillors over how to end the long-running industrial dispute with bin men.
Liverpool insist 'business as usual' after chief rebailed
Liverpool City Council has insisted it is ‘business as usual’ after police said chief executive Ged Fitzgerald would remain on bail for another three months.
Call for more women in local government
Council leaders have admitted that the move towards gender balance in local government should be made at a ‘faster pace’.
Council apologises for pollution figures tampering
Cheshire East Council has apologised after admitting its air quality figures were deliberately tampered with for three years.
Scrutiny highlighted in Edinburgh review
A review into Edinburgh City Council’s former property service has highlighted the importance of an overview and scrutiny process.
A match made in WF
Blind Date recently returned to our screens, with Paul O’Grady stepping in to host the iconic programme previously fronted by the late Cilla Black.
White Van Man on . . . the summer holidays
So ministers have cleared off for their long summer holidays and good riddance to them.
Praying for time
Diary knows better than to join simmering rows about religion.
PODCAST: People, passion and progress
In the latest Public Intelligence/The MJ leadership podcast Baroness Scott explains how Wiltshire CC has moved from an old-fashioned ethos to a modern business. Heather Jameson reports.
The true voice of the councillor
Rachel Wall and Colin Copus summarise the findings of a large-scale study of the challenges and ever-evolving tasks facing councillors today.rachel