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.


Burnham calls for transfer of powers from 'dysfunctional' Westminster

Burnham calls for transfer of powers from 'dysfunctional' Westminster

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has called for further devolution of powers to local government in a week of political turmoil in Westminster.

Directors give verdict on how to London housing crisis

Local authority directors laid out how the capital’s housing crisis can be tackled at the London Councils Summit.

Politicians come to defence of capital against ‘anti-London bias’

Politicians have bridged the party divide in defence of London local government.

Aiken: Country facing biggest ever exploitation of children

London must take action to avoid losing an entire generation of young people, the leader of Westminster City Council has warned.

One in three Londoners trust councils

Just over a third of people living in London trust their local authority, according to a new poll.

London leaders call for 'proper' debate on funding

Central Government needs to have a ‘proper conversation’ on public sector funding and put councils on a sustainable footing for the future, London Councils chair, Cllr Peter John, has told The MJ.

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The trouble with troubled families

Burnham calls for transfer of powers from 'dysfunctional' Westminster

In the melee of the adult social care cash crisis, rising children’s services pressures and pothole funding chasms, Troubled Families budgets have been low down the list of priorities, writes Heather Jameson

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.

The dangerous business of column writing

As we begin to unpick our way through the chancellor’s Budget, it can be difficult – even for professionals – to really understand what is going on, writes John Betts

Tying the knot

Trust and transparency are key to councils succeeding when contracting out services in a post-Carillion era, writes Bethanie Roughley

Time to speak as one

Members and officers have to be more frank about what will happen if local government is not placed on a sustainable footing in the long term, says chair of London Councils Cllr Peter John as the organisation gets ready for its annual conference.

Let’s mind the Cap

As London Councils gathers for its annual conference, Ben Page says the removal of the HRA cap is good news - but Londoners still have expectations about the ‘where‘ and the ‘what’ of new housing,

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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


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.