Whitehall is considering a crackdown on councils that excessively borrow for commercial reasons as it continues to restrict council tax rises.
Wakefield avoids intervention over children's services
Wakefield Council should retain control of its children’s services, a commissioner has recommended.
Social care Green Paper delayed again amid Westminster turmoil
Turmoil in Westminster has piled further uncertainty onto local government, with the social care Green Paper the latest casualty.
Use of temporary accommodation rockets
The number of households in temporary accommodation has rocketed by 71% over the last eight years, according to the latest Government statistics.
Government: Population 'most important cost driver'
Population will be ‘by far the most important cost driver’ for the new foundation formula, the Government has said.
Ade Adetosoye takes up interim chief role at Bromley
Councillors in Bromley have appointed Ade Adetosoye as interim chief executive, following the retirement of Doug Patterson.
Brexit, improved system leadership and fixing the divisions between Whitehall and local government are just a few of the issues to tackle in order to put local services back to the top of the agenda, as outgoing SOLACE president Jo Miller reflects
The introduction of Tourism Tax in the UK – what could it mean for local councils?
Councils across the UK will need to ensure any tourism taxes they propose maintain their competitiveness in the market, and they will need to provide clarity to stakeholders on how the funds will be used, says Rory Alexander.
Confronting the graph of doom
Tracie Evans wonders if this is the right moment to remind everybody that 'we in the sector predicted in the graph of doom that 2019/20 would be the year when the money would start running out...'
When care cannot cope
Care provider Allied Healthcare may have found a buyer for its business, but Glen Garrod warns pre-Christmas uncertainty may lead some staff to walk away and some councils could transfer their contracts to other providers or bring them ‘in-house’
Like Mariah Carey, it may be prudent to not want a lot for Xmas this year
Despite a number of minor successes, the position of the sector as it approaches the end of the year remains precarious, according to Abdool Kara
We need to talk about finance
Piali Das Gupta wants central Government, caught up with Brexit, to start paying attention to the voice of local authorities who argue that the practical needs of the people are not being met.
Bournemouth BC’s Sue Ross explains how her team provides an environment in which unaccompanied asylum-seeking children can achieve their full potential
Andy Burnham threatened to pull Greater Manchester out of the asylum resettlement scheme - igniting the debate about refugee dispersal. But forcing councils to take on more families without more funding will make the problem worse, says the sector.