News

Bye bye tri-borough: Hammersmith & Fulham blamed for collapse

Bye bye tri-borough: Hammersmith & Fulham blamed for collapse

Two members of the tri-borough have blamed Hammersmith & Fulham LBC after they ‘reluctantly decided’ to serve notice on ending the arrangement.

Surrey to quit LGA and CCN

Surrey CC has given notice to quit membership of the Local Government Association and the County Council’s Network (CCN).

Carter early favourite to replace Hodge

Kent CC leader, Paul Carter, is an early favourite to replace David Hodge as head of the Conservative group at the Local Government Association (LGA).

Reading BC announces new chief

Oxford City Council chief executive Peter Sloman has been announced as the new chief executive of Reading BC.

Leicestershire tells LGA to change

Leicestershire CC has told the Local Government Association (LGA) to change if it wants to keep it as a member beyond next year.

Interim directors to leave Wolverhampton

Two interim directors are leaving Wolverhampton City Council, it has been announced.

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Opinion

What’s the right message?

Bye bye tri-borough: Hammersmith & Fulham blamed for collapse

Authorities flouting rules restricting the publication of town hall freesheets are in danger of creating their own echo chambers and undermining local democracy, as Claire Fox explains.

Step up or risk being stifled

The industrial strategy should be delivered at a place-based level, Localis has claimed in its latest report. There will be no argument from local government on that score.

The drive for investment will boost devolution

Fresh back from MIPIM, Michael Burton says post-Brexit the UK will have to become a nation not just of shopkeepers but of salespeople.

Cllr David Hodge: Why I am quitting

Cllr David Hodge explains why he is standing down as chairman of the Conservative group at the Local Government Association.

Don’t forget to read the small print

Public/private sector partnerships have the power to drive real change and deliver value for money, but Andrew Lancaster warns councils need to be careful when negotiating increasingly complex contracts.

Instilling positivity in staff will drive results

Nicola Bulbeck explains how Teignbridge DC is motivating its staff in a bid to boost outcomes.

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Best Practice

We’re moving in the right direction

We’re moving in the right direction

Ian Thomas explains how Rotherham MBC has made progress two years into its five-year transformation programme.

Analysis

Patterns of change

Patterns of change

In the third of a series of articles on the financial sustainability of local authorities, Aileen Murphie focuses on the experiences of different types of councils in delivering and resourcing their capital programmes.

Private sector

Assessing the role of leadership in the modern environment

Penna's new assessment approach for leadership roles focuses on how leadership is measured the modern environment.

‘Fine PwC for failed audit,’ says watchdog

The UK’s accountancy watchdog has proposed PwC be fined £6m for failings in its audit of collapsed social housing maintenance company Connaught.

Virgin Care sues Surrey CC over ‘flawed’ deal

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Care Services is suing Surrey CC over the procurement process of a children’s services contract.