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Power of attorney system 'deeply flawed'

Power of attorney system 'deeply flawed'

One of Britain’s foremost experts on safeguarding the elderly has warned that the power of attorney system is deeply flawed.

Council approves stadium loan

Salford City Council has approved a £630,000 loan to the home stadium of its main rugby league and union clubs.

Council wins court battle days after Gove intervention

Sheffield City Council has won a court battle against people protesting about its tree-felling programme.

Mears expects revenue loss as councils 'delay new contracts'

Social housing maintenance company Mears Group has suggested councils are delaying new contracts as they review safety measures in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. 

Inquiry to focus on council's repsonse to fire concerns

Kensington & Chelsea RLBC’s response to any information it received about a fire risk at Grenfell tower will be scrutinised by the Government-commissioned inquiry, it has been announced.

Stop dragging your feet on south Yorkshire devolution deal, businesses tell council leaders

Doncaster and Barnsley MBCs' willingness to explore a pan-Yorkshire devolution deal at the expense of a south Yorkshire deal is of grave concern to businesses in south Yorkshire.

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Opinion

Money is just a small part of the problem

Power of attorney system 'deeply flawed'

Despite the sector’s hard work, too often we fail kids in care and those we turn away, writes Heather Jameson.

Helping councils on a tight budget invest in culture

Council cuts have placed arts and culture under increasing pressure in recent years, but Darren Henley believes investment in these vital services can act as a catalyst for regeneration, civic revival and economic growth.

Time for the medicine

Malcolm Morley analyses the commecial strategy of a major company and draws some key lessons for local authorities looking to generate some income.

Supporting communities to deliver change

Adele Taylor asks how councils can co-operate with those in the community with the ability to deliver real change.

Securing the robust and diverse leaders of tomorrow

While the London boroughs are making some small strides on gender equality, progress on ethnic diversity is much slower, writes John O'Brien.

A broken market

There is a real and urgent crisis in this nation’s ability to find placements for looked after children, writes Olly Swann.

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Best Practice

East Ayrshire’s big journey

East Ayrshire’s big journey

Fiona Lees charts the progress of East Ayrshire Council’s award-winning transformation strategy, which has not only maintained vital services, but forged new relationships with the community.

Analysis

The children below the threshold

The children below the threshold

A new Action for Children report warns of a worrying trend that could be leaving as many as 140,000 children and young people without the help they need. Sam Clayden reports.

Private sector

A ‘looming crisis’ or an opportunity for change?

Neil Lupin says we are experiencing a pivotal point in our sector’s history and local government needs to work intelligently to attract and retain talented senior leaders.

Firms under fire over high-rise safety tests

Private companies that have had fire safety tests on their high-rise buildings should make the results public, the Local Government Association (LGA) has urged.

‘Look to regional places to strengthen local economies’

Regional cities must take the lead in rebalancing the London-centric investment market, a think-tank has said.