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Birmingham denies Rogers in line for £500k exit package

Birmingham denies Rogers in line for £500k exit package

Birmingham City Council has denied that outgoing chief executive Mark Rogers is in line for a £500,000 payoff .

Council U-turn expected over unitary referendum plans

Lincolnshire CC has backtracked on the idea of a unitary referendum after objections from the districts.

South London councils push for park law change

South London councils are pushing for a change to the law which forces them to pay for the upkeep of the Lea Valley Regional Park.

EXCLUSIVE: Whitehall-backed leadership drive latest austerity casualty

A ‘powerful’ new leadership offer for local government backed by No 10 is the latest casualty of shifting Whitehall priorities, The MJ can reveal.

Government to look again at rates revaluation

Sajid Javid has promised to work with the chancellor to support the small businesses that will be hit hardest by the rates revaluation.

Javid ignores calls for more council funding

Whitehall has ignored local government’s calls for new council funding in 2017/18, leaving senior sector figures ‘hugely disappointed’.

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Opinion

Hear our womanly roar

Birmingham denies Rogers in line for £500k exit package

Angered by the male-dominated agenda of a Northern Powerhouse conference, Jo Miller started a rival People's Powerhouse event in the drive for equality and fairness.

Making the most of communications

Mark Fletcher-Brown asks whether senior management teams are getting the returns they need out of their communications staff.

Step in or step back from Brum

If the Government wants to run Birmingham, it has the power to intervene – otherwise it should leave it to local democracy, writes Heather Jameson.

Developing an integrated smart cities model for public services

John David introduces his alternative strategy for smart cities.

How can you help your local workforce succeed?

Associate director for work and families at the IPPR think-tank, Clare McNeil, answers the key question.

Taking stock of fostering

Amid news of a national fostering stocktake, Dave Hill explains there are a host of challenges to placement that need to be examined.

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Best Practice

Action plan for Glasgow’s growth

Action plan for Glasgow’s growth

Last week the eight councils of the Glasgow City Region launched their joint economic action plan. Cllr Frank McAveety explains how the region is kick-starting a long-term collaboration on jobs, skills and inclusive growth.

Analysis

A frank and open dialogue

A frank and open dialogue

Last week, two senior figures threw down the gauntlet by asking the fundamental question: what is the future for local government? Sam Clayden unpicks the responses from key sector leaders

Private sector

Council buys Tesco site for £43.5m

Rotherham MBC has bought a former Tesco store, which will form a key part of a £43.5m regeneration project.

53% of London’s 30 boroughs plan to replace IT systems

More than half of local authorities in London are planning to replace their IT systems, according to new research.

Glasgow plans £30m TIF deal

Glasgow City Council is to develop a £30m tax incremental finance (TIF) package to fund the development of a new innovation district.