Manifesto mayhem

Manifesto mayhem

Councils face a double whammy of new costs if prime minister Theresa May implements her hastily-revised social care plan after the General Election, experts have warned.

Liverpool chief executive to 'step aside' after arrest

Liverpool City Council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald will 'voluntarily step aside' after he was arrested as part of an investigation into alleged financial irregularities in the tendering of contracts to BT.

House and Sykes battle for LGA role

A council leader will battle it out with a backbench councillor to lead the Lib Dem group at the Local Government Association (LGA).

Council in bid to rebalance portfolio

Bath & North East Somerset Council is to rebalance its investment property portfolio as it tries to increase its rental income by £1.475m by 2021.

Sector fury at Vodafone backtrack

Telecoms giant Vodafone has ‘annoyed’ councils by back-tracking on plans to unbundle its services while hiking prices at the same time, The MJ has learned.

Borrowing drops ahead of General Election

The Government has been handed good news on the public finances with the last official figures before the General Election showing a drop in borrowing.

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Cyber security must be managed and understood at all levels

Manifesto mayhem

It is not a question of if we will be threatened by a cyber attack, but when, writes Jo Miller.

Time to connect the disconnected

With a recent focus on the handing of powers to a collection of high profile regional mayors, Sue Baxter urges the next Governement, whichever hue it may be, to push devolution down to the grass roots.

The manifestos airbrushed out austerity but it hasn’t gone away

While all three main parties emphasise how much they intend to give to the NHS, and to a lesser extent, care, they are much more circumspect about local government funding, writes Michael Burton.

Unaffordable. Unworkable. We need to find a solution now

Payment floors and ceilings are all well and good for the concerned voter, but that still doesn’t tackle the real issues around care for the elderly, argues Heather Jameson.

Where will the money fall in the future?

Norma Atlay asks the important questions about a fast-changing local government finance system.

Engaging with the electorate

Bob Neill says Britain requires an ambitious, forward looking vision for adult social care, health and housing.

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Best Practice

Resetting our relationship with residents

Resetting our relationship with residents

What is the role of the state? Alex Bailey explains how Adur and Worthing councils are creating platforms upon which communities can build happy, healthy, prosperous and connected places.


Parties promise less austerity but little more on devolution

Parties promise less austerity but little more on devolution

Local government received a passing mention in last week’s party manifestos but their main focus was on tax and spend and controversial plans for health and care. Michael Burton reports.

Private sector

The search for commercial minds and social hearts

While housing associations don’t always have the big salaries to offer, they do have great social and moral purpose and challenging work to offer, write Steven Burleigh and Ruth Lane.

Councils plan to launch more housing companies

Nearly seven out of 10 councils already have or are thinking about launching a housing company either on their own or in partnership, a survey has found.

Revamp for Croydon’s Fairfield Halls

Croydon LBC has chosen Vinci Construction UK to complete the development of entertainment venue Fairfield Halls by 2018.