Local Government Association
Why we must reform public sector procurement
There is a growing clamour for post-Brexit public procurement reform, writes Mark Robinson.
Name and shame threat hangs over councils
Councils that fail to get business rates relief schemes in place by the beginning of next month could be named and shamed by the Government.
Local authorities lending weight to staff pay rise calls
Councils are piling on the pressure to give local government staff a pay rise by backing trade union calls.
All councils should sign up to peer review challenges
Following the results of a survey by The MJ, Michael Burton argues peer reviews are critical to performance monitoring.
MPs back social care system overhaul
A poll of 100 English MPs has found just one in 10 believe the current social care system is suitable for the UK’s ageing population.
LGA calls for government to lift planning fees freeze
Councils have ramped up their calls for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to meet its commitment to allow them to increase planning fees by 20%.
Councils call for modernisation of taxi laws
Council leaders have demanded a rethink of ‘outdated’ taxi laws to reflect new technology, reduce the risk of child sexual exploitation and improve working conditions.
Homecare market under growing pressure
The continued under-funding of adult social care is placing the homecare provider market under a lot of pressure, councils have warned.
Outsourcing blamed for bin complaints increase
The outsourcing of waste collections by councils in England has led to an increase in the number of complaints being upheld by the ombudsman, a new report has warned today.
County call for targets rethink
Councils have called for the Government to rethink a threat to strip them of promised cash if they fail to meet ‘undeliverable and arbitrary’ targets.
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’.
Councils call for post-Brexit procurement reforms
Council leaders have called on the Government to ‘simplify’ the current rules on how local authorities buy goods and services once the UK has exited the EU.
Reading balances books but warns: ‘there’s no room for error’
Reading Council’s new boss has said the authority’s books are balanced until 2020 but there is ‘no room for things to go wrong’.
Helping councils on a tight budget invest in culture
Council cuts have placed arts and culture under increasing pressure in recent years, but Darren Henley believes investment in these vital services can act as a catalyst for regeneration, civic revival and economic growth.
Leaders make fresh plea for housing borrowing powers
Councils have demanded new powers and funding to build affordable homes after a survey revealed three-fifths of private renters never expect to own a home.
Homelessness predicted to rocket
Rough sleeping has been predicted to rocket by 76% in the next 10 years, according to new analysis by homeless charity Crisis.
Why we must protect parental autonomy
Councils and devolved authorities need to beware. The trend towards over-reach on child discipline threatens to create more standoffs between officialdom and parents, as Claire Fox explains.
Exclusive: Councils face 'daily' struggle to place vulnerable kids
The state of the children’s care market has been described as a ‘scar on the conscience of our country’ amid warnings over the lack of placements available for vulnerable young people.
An uncomfortable truth
Mark Rogers says the sector is not regulating itself properly and offers a suggestion for a revamped sector-led improvement scheme.
When it comes to commercialisation, we can't afford to do nothing
As councils rush to buy up commercial property, questions are being asked about the capacity and capability of the councils taking on these ventures. Hiba Mahamadi asks whether the risks are worth the financial reward.