News

LGA in homes warning

LGA in homes warning

Up to 165,000 homes could be built without council support if the Government ploughs ahead with controversial planning policy changes, town halls warned today.

Auditor attacks Northamptonshire reporting

Financial reporting at Northamptonshire CC was too ‘vague’ and lacked crucial detail prior to the county’s Section 114 notice, a new audit report has revealed.

WMCA links 'cranes to communities' with new growth unit

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has created a new inclusive growth unit in a bid to boost opportunities for residents.

Demands for tax rise to meet social care costs

Pressure is mounting for tax increases to help fund rising health and social care costs.

Call for greater council oversight of academies

Ministers need to take control of ‘faltering’ academy finances or let councils oversee them, town halls have urged today.

Sunak: LGPS should punch its weight

Local government minister Rishi Sunak has said he is determined to ensure the pooling of council pension schemes reaches its ‘full potential’.

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Opinion

The public's growing concerns over mental health

LGA in homes warning

Mental health is coming to the forefront of the public's worries. Ben Page unveils the findings of a new Ipsos MORI poll.

Council performance doesn’t matter when it comes to election results

Jon Ainger analyses whether individual councils' performance had any correlation with the election results earlier this month.

NHS funding review must have local focus

In order to deliver a progressive, integrated health and care service that succeeds locally and nationally it is vital any central review addresses local government finance. Cllr Peter Box explains.

Public practice makes perfect

Sarah Cary says public planners are doing a herculean job, but there simply are not enough of them.

How Clear thinking can develop your performance

Will Godfrey looks at how a new approach to his council’s annual appraisal process is proving a good example of how changing the status quo can inspire effective culture change for any organisation.

Districts are the democratic gatekeepers to transformation

John Fuller on a new transformation toolkit launched by the District Councils' Network.

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Best Practice

Working to get our people up and running

Working to get our people up and running

Paul Najsarek outlines the ambitions of the West London Alliance work and health programme – a social and economic partnership involving Ealing LBC designed to support the community financially, in work and in health.

Analysis

Preventing another tragedy

Preventing another tragedy

The report on the Grenfell Tower fire proposes establishing a joint competent authority, comprising local authority building standards, fire and rescue authorities and the Health and Safety Executive, to manage safety risks in high-rise tower blocks [..]

Private sector

BT to refocus as public sector revenue shrinks

BT’s public sector revenue fell in the past financial year, as a number of large-scale contracts came to an end.

Wates chosen for £23m project

Brent LBC has appointed national developer, Wates Residential, to build 149 homes within the borough by December 2021 as part of a new £23m project.

Peterborough considers launching trading company

Peterborough City Council could launch a local authority trading company to give it more control over waste, street cleaning and flytipping.