Interim directors to leave Wolverhampton
Two interim directors are leaving Wolverhampton City Council, it has been announced.
Bournemouth looks to axe chief executive role
Bournemouth councillors will be asked to vote on making the role of chief executive redundant.
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Cllr David Hodge: Why I am quitting
Cllr David Hodge explains why he is standing down as chairman of the Conservative group at the Local Government Association.
Property purchases will net £1.6m for district council
Basildon BC could eventually spend £80m buying up property across the UK to generate £1.6m a year, councillors will be told.
LGA group exit for Surrey leader
David Hodge has quit as the leader of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Conservative group following the political furore over the so-called Nickileaks affair.
Bid to oust Hodge as Surrey leader thwarted
An attempt to oust the leader of Surrey CC in the wake of an alleged ‘sweetheart deal’ with the Government failed today.
‘Ambitious’ health integration plans look to be ‘scaled back’
The Government has scaled back on achieving full health and social care integration by 2020, it has been claimed.
One in three upper-tier councils face ‘severe financial challenges’
At least one in three of England’s 152 upper-tier councils are facing ‘severe financial challenges’ in 2018/19, a top auditor has warned.
Peer report calls on councils to stop ‘cherry-picking’ leads
Sector-led improvement review teams need to be better prepared and more consistent, an independent study of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) corporate peer challenge (CPC) has found.
Council approves £9m hospital loan
Senior councillors have approved a £9.2m loan to help Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Lamb calls for Norfolk unitary
An influential former minister has called for a unitary council covering Norfolk.
The Great Wall of Croydon
Diary got wind of an interesting development for local democracy at a public meeting in Croydon last week. No, seriously.
CCG deal may create conflicts
Council officers taking leadership roles in a pioneering partnership with a clinical commissioning group could be forced to back controversial decisions their own authority opposes.
Leaked recording confirms Surrey 'gentleman's agreement'
A leaked recording of Surrey CC leader, David Hodge, admitting he secured a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ from ministers to call off a referendum has emerged.
Bringing Corrie to heel
Diary hears whispers that shadow communities minister Teresa Pearce isn’t impressed with Coronation Street’s portrayal of local councillor, Sally Webster.
MPs urged to examine sector’s finances
The chair of a leading pensions body has called for MPs to examine the local government scheme.
Birmingham denies Rogers in line for £500k exit package
Birmingham City Council has denied that outgoing chief executive Mark Rogers is in line for a £500,000 payoff.
London borough faces legal review of regeneration vehicle
Haringey LBC is facing a possible judicial review of its controversial decision to transfer £2bn in assets to a public-private regeneration vehicle.
Authority’s £50m fund will support services
Broxbourne BC has agreed to create a £50m fund to invest in new properties.