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Finance settlement: Government floats commercialisation crackdown

Finance settlement: Government floats commercialisation crackdown

Whitehall is considering a crackdown on councils that excessively borrow for commercial reasons as it continues to restrict council tax rises.

Wakefield avoids intervention over children's services

Wakefield Council should retain control of its children’s services, a commissioner has recommended.

Social care Green Paper delayed again amid Westminster turmoil

Turmoil in Westminster has piled further uncertainty onto local government, with the social care Green Paper the latest casualty.

Use of temporary accommodation rockets

The number of households in temporary accommodation has rocketed by 71% over the last eight years, according to the latest Government statistics.

Government: Population 'most important cost driver'

Population will be ‘by far the most important cost driver’ for the new foundation formula, the Government has said.

Ade Adetosoye takes up interim chief role at Bromley

Councillors in Bromley have appointed Ade Adetosoye as interim chief executive, following the retirement of Doug Patterson.

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Opinion

More hard graft ahead next year

Finance settlement: Government floats commercialisation crackdown

Brexit, improved system leadership and fixing the divisions between Whitehall and local government are just a few of the issues to tackle in order to put local services back to the top of the agenda, as outgoing SOLACE president Jo Miller reflects

The introduction of Tourism Tax in the UK – what could it mean for local councils?

Councils across the UK will need to ensure any tourism taxes they propose maintain their competitiveness in the market, and they will need to provide clarity to stakeholders on how the funds will be used, says Rory Alexander.

Confronting the graph of doom

Tracie Evans wonders if this is the right moment to remind everybody that 'we in the sector predicted in the graph of doom that 2019/20 would be the year when the money would start running out...'

When care cannot cope

Care provider Allied Healthcare may have found a buyer for its business, but Glen Garrod warns pre-Christmas uncertainty may lead some staff to walk away and some councils could transfer their contracts to other providers or bring them ‘in-house’

Like Mariah Carey, it may be prudent to not want a lot for Xmas this year

Despite a number of minor successes, the position of the sector as it approaches the end of the year remains precarious, according to Abdool Kara

We need to talk about finance

Piali Das Gupta wants central Government, caught up with Brexit, to start paying attention to the voice of local authorities who argue that the practical needs of the people are not being met.

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Best Practice

Meeting the needs of asylum-seeking children

Meeting the needs of asylum-seeking children

Bournemouth BC’s Sue Ross explains how her team provides an environment in which unaccompanied asylum-seeking children can achieve their full potential

Analysis

Redefining the rules about resettlement

Redefining the rules about resettlement

Andy Burnham threatened to pull Greater Manchester out of the asylum resettlement scheme - igniting the debate about refugee dispersal. But forcing councils to take on more families without more funding will make the problem worse, says the sector.

Private sector

Kier falls out of FTSE 250 amid outsourcing shares rout

Turmoil in public sector outsourcing has led to a key player tumbling out of the FTSE 250.

Riding the public sector transformation wave

Local government may seem like a plane running on fumes, but #OurDay made clear that local public services are run with passion and determination, writes Dr Andrew Larner.

In recruitment the art is more important that the science

Julie Towers advocates rigorous assessment and due diligence to test the suitability, experience and capability of candidates; but in her view it’s the ‘art’ that is more important.