News

EXCLUSIVE: Councils warn Whitehall of Brexit risks

EXCLUSIVE: Councils warn Whitehall of Brexit risks

Councils this week started to formally inform Whitehall about their Brexit risk assessments amid fears of crime spikes, public demonstrations and food bottlenecks.

LGA to build case for tourism tax

Smith Square is to commission further research as it looks to build a ‘very strong case’ for a tourism levy that could generate £12bn.

Tees Valley mayor's airport investment would total £75m

Tees Valley Combined Authority is being asked to commit £75m to the purchase of an airport, the business case has revealed.

Merseyside combined authority announces first precept

The Liverpool city region combined authority is to levy a council tax precept for the first time.

Northern Irish councils in fresh calls amid Stormont deadlock

Northern Ireland’s councils today said they need to be equipped to deliver more as the country marks two years since devolved government met at Stormont.

Glasgow agrees equal pay deal to end long-running dispute

Glasgow City Council has struck an agreement in principle to resolve historical claims for unequal pay.

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Opinion

Give us fiscal freedom and devolution – not tighter controls

EXCLUSIVE: Councils warn Whitehall of Brexit risks

Jake Berry is right to look for answers to a disengaged electorate, but the idea that devolved finances should be achieved by just creating a regional Whitehall fiefdom is a localist’s nightmare, argues Heather Jameson

Be the talk of the town (hall)

The way we talk about councils really matters, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West – and it’s time to speak up for local government and reclaim the powerful origins of the word ‘municipal’

London's adult social care services need a long term solution too

Making a success of the NHS Long Term Plan and providing high-quality care to Londoners all depends on the resilience of adult social care over the next decade, according to Ray Puddifoot

Whitehall is suffering from amnesia

We have a fatal combination of both ministers and civil servants with no collective memory - and this has been bad news for local government, says Michael Burton

Spending Review must reward the importance of districts

In a post-Brexit world it will be vital to refocus on the importance of district councils in supporting residents and local economies, says John Fuller

Brokenshire: No community will be left behind with Brexit

With only a few months to go before we officially leave the EU, secretary of state for Housing, Communities and Local Government James Brokenshire says 'its time to unite and prepare to make the most of the opportunities on the horizon'.

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Best Practice

Creating the space for businesses to flourish

Creating the space for businesses to flourish

Mike Dawson describes how Tewkesbury BC has delivered a UK-first in providing a business growth hub within its own offices where businesses can access support and advice

Analysis

Where do councils fit into the NHS plan?

Where do councils fit into the NHS plan?

Last week’s publication of the NHS Long Term Plan signals a fundamental shift towards community-based services and a focus on reducing health inequalities. Michael Burton looks at its implications for local government

Private sector

Wirral reveals joint venture plans

Wirral MBC has unveiled plans for its joint venture to spur ‘community wealth building’ locally,

Mears appoints new chairman

Kieran Murphy has been appointed as chairman of housing and social care provider Mears.

Kier falls out of FTSE 250 amid outsourcing shares rout

Turmoil in public sector outsourcing has led to a key player tumbling out of the FTSE 250.