LGA urged to act on LOBO loans
Campaigners have called for Smith Square to investigate and pursue the brokers, banks and advisers ‘complicit in the misselling’ controversial Lender Option Borrower Option (LOBO) loans.
Raft of cuts after first Section 114 in almost 20 years
The stark reality of the financial cliff-edge facing Northamptonshire CC has this week been revealed by its budget plan.
Senior managers need to be made to feel uncomfortable sometimes
Blair McPherson believes council bosses sometimes need to face honest feedback and experience issues personally if they are going to bring about real change to intractable problems.
Council vows to improve 'volatile' relations
Maldon DC has vowed to improve ‘volatile’ relations between members and senior officers after a second peer challenge review identified concerns.
Sunak steps up pressure on peer challenge
New local government minister Rishi Sunak has said Whitehall is 'very keen' that every council hosts a corporate peer challenge.
Devolution framework 'almost done'
The Government's new devolution framework is 'almost done,' communities secretary Sajid Javid has insisted.
Javid says he needs 'stronger case' on HRA
Local government secretary Sajid Javid has urged the sector to use headroom in the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) to boost his case for further action.
Expert in warning over funding review complexities
The complexity of the local government fair funding review could make it difficult to develop a ‘fair and workable system’ in time for April 2020, a sector expert has warned.
EXCLUSIVE: Funding red flags raised
One in 10 council bosses fear their local authority will not have enough funding to fulfil their statutory duties in 2018/19, an exclusive survey has found today.
The age of post-heroic leadership
Long gone are the days of macho management culture and heroic leadership. Heather Jameson speaks to two of the sector’s leading chief executives about the new era, where collaboration culture trumps command and control.
Call for Government intervention at Liverpool
The former leader of Liverpool City Council, Mike Storey, has called for the Government to intervene at the authority.
Peer reviews should 'stretch' councils - LGA
Corporate peer challenges (CPC) should ‘stretch’ councils so they get the most out of them, the chairman of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) improvement and innovation board has said.
County deputy chief announces retirement
Leicestershire CC’s deputy chief executive has announced his retirement after 12 years at the authority.
Chief in Brexit casualty warning
The Government wants to ‘water down’ current arrangements for consulting councils after Brexit, a chief executive has claimed.
Anderson interviewed under police caution
Liverpool’s mayor has revealed he was voluntarily interviewed under police caution as part of a probe into alleged financial irregularities in the tendering of contracts.
Are we being priced out?
Public sector workers are experiencing a real-terms pay cut, while senior managers have seen their income cut dramatically in the past eight years. Sam Clayden unveils the latest pay research by Unison.
Mansfield's clerical assistant rises to chief exec role
Mansfield DC has appointed Hayley Barsby as its new chief executive.
Superhumans wanted – for a fair wage
If local government wants to thrive, it needs to be able to attract the best talent, writes Heather Jameson.
EXCLUSIVE: Public and private sectors poles apart in senior pay
Senior council staff now earn around six times less than their private sector counterparts, research obtained by The MJ has found.
Council called out on bullying and harassment
Cheshire East Council has a bullying and harassment problem, the Local Government Association (LGA) has concluded.