London Councils Summit 2018

London Councils Summit 2018

Keep up with the latest news from the capital following the London Council's Summit 2018 at the Guildhall.


News

Brokenshire: 2019 will be turning point for local government

Brokenshire: 2019 will be turning point for local government

Next year will be a ‘turning point’ for local government, communities secretary James Brokenshire has told the County Councils’ Network conference, with the Spending Review and changes to the finance regime.

Gwynne: There's been no end to austerity

Opposition politicians have hit out at the Government’s record on funding the sector at the County Councils’ Network conference today.

Porter: My devolution regrets

Failing to do more devolution is Lord Porter’s biggest regret in his career as Local Government Association chairman so far, he told the County Councils' Network conference today.

Director recalls 'huge shock' of child abuse scandal

A council criticised for failings over a historic child sexual exploitation (CSE) ring has warned other authorities not to fall victim to complacency.

Transformation can still yield more savings, claims mandarin

Further transformation may still help councils make savings in children’s services, a top Department for Education (DfE) civil servant has claimed.

Harriss gets top job at Harrow

Harrow LBC has appointed Sean Harriss to be its new chief executive, taking over from interim boss Tom Whiting next year.

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Opinion

The North needs help with supporting asylum seekers

Brokenshire: 2019 will be turning point for local government

Unlike Germany, the UK has outsourced the challenge of supporting asylum seekers to the poorest communities in the North - and when they ask for help they are treated with contempt by journalists, writes Paul Wheeler.

The finite capacity of civil society

How much capacity has civil society got to absorb the increased demands on its financial and human resources, asks Sarah Longlands

Why it is time for a fair deal for everyone

The system is broken for everyone and we need to stop wasting valuable time and effort arguing with others about who has been hit hardest by austerity, argues vice chair of Core Cities Cllr Jon Collins

Districts' crucial role in the prevention agenda

Sandra Dineen believes the district council’s contribution is key to the success of the prevention agenda - 'particularly in ensuring our residents have the right homes, suited to their needs and have access to our services at the earliest possible [..]

Working for a Brighter Future

Kath O’Dwyer reveals how an LGA review of Cheshire East Council’s organisational culture has been used as a springboard to improving the skills and experience of the workforce as well as encouraging employee retention

Seeing glimpses of the future through the smoke

No matter how good the social care Green Paper proves to be, it won't solve all the sector's challenges - and solutions must be rooted in local communities, says chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, Paul Burstow.

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Best Practice

Ofsted success driven by a team approach

Ofsted success driven by a team approach

A cross-directorate approach to supporting children’s services has been crucial to North Yorkshire CC achieving an outstanding rating by Ofsted across all the outcome judgements, says Stuart Carlton

Analysis

Tackling the threat of terror together

Tackling the threat of terror together

Mark Conrad recently attended Prevent Strategy Channel Panel training and witnessed the wide range of dilemmas facing frontline staff tackling radicalisation and terror threats.

Private sector

Colmore hired by Brunel

Bristol-based Brunel Pension Partnership has hired fund administrator Colmore to provide it with back office services to help support its private market portfolios.

Tomorrow’s technology today

If you were to design your local authority from scratch, where would you start? Paul Deegan, local public services lead partner at PwC, explores the potential of ‘expansive intelligence’.

Call for PPP 'reset'

A strong leadership role from local government is essential for ensuring the success of regeneration schemes involving the public and private sector, a new report has argued.