Budgets and efficiency
Our hope is for financial independence
Conservative councillors are working hard to secure a strong Conservative majority in Parliament that will usher in a new era of financial independence for councils, says LGA Conservative Group leader, Cllr Izzi Seccombe.
Middlesbrough faces £4.4m overspend
The English council with the highest number of young people affected by income deprivation is facing a £4.4m overspend.
Employers delay response to 10% pay claim
Local government employers have told trade union leaders that they are unlikely to respond to their 10% pay claim before next year.
The thoroughly modern approach to public finance
Geoff Mulgan says the public sector needs innovation and experimentation in money every bit as much as in other functions – and he outlines some of the important ideas for bringing it up to date.
Improvement board formed for troubled council
The Welsh Government has formed an improvement board to oversee changes at Merthyr Tydfil CBC after a review into the troubled council.
EXCLUSIVE: Employers in pay rise redundancy warning
A pay rise of more than 2% ‘would be likely to result in redundancies,’ employers have warned.
Only 5% of council leaders optimistic about Brexit
Councils are increasingly downbeat about the impact of Brexit, with nearly three quarters (71%) of chiefs expecting it to have a ‘negative’ or ‘very negative’ impact on their local economy.
Moving up to the next level
Earlier this year, Suffolk CC’s peer challenge report said the time was right to drive leadership further, and ‘be bolder’. So how are leader Matthew Hicks and chief executive Nicola Beach faring? Ann McGauran reports
It’s the talent from within that will fix the sector
The main theme of the Solace Summit in Birmingham was resilience and the radical reshaping of public services, says Heather Jameson. But as that city's leader says of his own council, there may be improvements, but we are not out of the woods.
Finance head quits after damning CIPFA report
Windsor & Maidenhead RBC’s head of finance, Rob Stubbs, has resigned from the authority weeks after a damning report from experts, The MJ has learnt.
COSLA conference: Minister 'totally understands' cuts complaints
Cabinet secretary for communities and local government, Aileen Campbell, has said she ‘totally understands’ complaints of ‘constant cuts’ from councils.
COSLA conference: 'Devolved powers have stopped at Holyrood'
It is a ‘sad paradox’ of devolution that powers handed to Scotland 20 years ago have stopped at Holyrood, the president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has said.
The Northants transformation challenge
Northamptonshire CC still has huge challenges, explains Paul Helsby – but the difference is that everyone is working together to create financial sustainability.
HEALTH MJ: NHS spending second lowest in G7, says ONS
Spending on health in the UK is the second lowest per head in the major industrialised countries but average compared to the world’s 25 largest economies according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.
Devolution legislation planned for Queen's Speech
The Government is planning to launch the next round of devolution legislation in the Queen’s Speech, The MJ understands.
Positive results found for axed project
A University of Oxford report has revealed a since-scrapped Essex CC initiative led to a dramatic drop in children needing to go into care or custody.
Liverpool warns of 'perilous financial situation'
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has warned the council’s ‘perilous financial situation’ means it faces the ‘worst crisis since the Second World War’.
Council considers scrapping chief's role
Hertsmere BC is considering plans to delete its chief executive role with the current post holder on sick leave.
£800m overspend on children's social care
Severe funding shortages and huge demand pressures mean councils were forced to overspend on their children’s social care budgets by nearly £800m last year.
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh demand for place-based budgets
A fresh demand for place-based budgets has been made by the co-chair of an independent panel that first made the call five years ago.