• 'Laddish' culture at Cardiff

    15 June 2018

    More than half of female councillors at Cardiff City Council have experienced bullying or intimidation in the last year, a survey of members has found.

  • Fresh finance warning for Northamptonshire CC

    15 June 2018

    Northamptonshire CC’s finance director has issued an early warning the county already risks missing key savings targets that enabled it to agree a legal budget.

  • False alarm

    15 June 2018

    There was a recent moment of drama in the chamber at Birmingham City Council – well, more than usual – when a ceremonial clanger was highlighted.

  • Grenfell council leader pays tribute

    12 June 2018

    Kensington & Chelsea RLBC’s leader has praised the families affected and paid tribute to those who died a year on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

  • Manzie made a Dame

    11 June 2018

    The former interim chief executive of Birmingham City Council, Stella Manzie, has been made a Dame in the Queen’s birthday honours for services to local government.

  • Regional employers rebel over pay offer for chiefs

    31 May 2018

    A regional rebellion is building over the national employers’ inferior pay offer for chief executives and senior officers.

  • Northamptonshire intervention bolsters sector's credit quality

    31 May 2018

    Local government’s high credit quality has been bolstered by the Government’s intervention at Northamptonshire, an expert has said.

  • Auditor attacks Northamptonshire reporting

    25 May 2018

    Financial reporting at Northamptonshire CC was too ‘vague’ and lacked crucial detail prior to the county’s Section 114 notice, a new audit report has revealed.

  • Telford CSE inquiry delayed to involve victims

    23 May 2018

    An inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Telford has been delayed to give victims a greater say in its formation.

  • Peterborough considers launching trading company

    23 May 2018

    Peterborough City Council could launch a local authority trading company to give it more control over waste, street cleaning and flytipping.

  • ‘Toothless tiger’ standards beast needs to roar

    22 May 2018

    both officers and councillors should be able to conduct their roles without fear of intimidation and that will require a standards regime with teeth, writes Heather Jameson.

  • Standards split between officers and councillors

    22 May 2018

    Councillors and officers are divided over the future of the standards regime, with politicians backing the existing approach dismissed as a ‘toothless tiger’ by officials.

  • Wrexham: Reorganisation not a panacea for austerity

    21 May 2018

    One of the biggest local authorities in north Wales has vowed to ‘strongly oppose’ attempts to reorganise local government.

  • Brum takes £63m from reserves to help overspend

    17 May 2018

    Birmingham City Council has spent a whopping £63m of its reserves to ‘structurally deliver’ its 2017/18 budget and reduce an overspend of more than £20m, a report to senior councillors has revealed.

  • Council told to 'grip financial situation'

    17 May 2018

    Somerset CC must ‘grip its financial situation’ and become more focussed on its ‘immediate financial challenges,’ a group of Local Government Association peers have urged.

  • Hull children's services in £4.4m overspend

    15 May 2018

    Growing numbers of vulnerable children requiring care and a national shortage of suitable residential placements have led to Hull City Council’s children’s services overspending.

  • MHCLG: A lot can be gained from unitary

    15 May 2018

    A unitary structure could save money and improve effectiveness, top civil servants have said in their clearest signal yet of a Government view on reorganisation.

  • Should we trust the survey on trust?

    15 May 2018

    If you want to be popular don’t become a politician is the message from the latest Veracity Index into the professions the public most trust.

  • Brexit warning for Middlesbrough

    10 May 2018

    Senior Middlesbrough councillors have been warned that the potential economic damage arising from Britain leaving the EU could derail its strategy for regeneration and renewal. 

  • BREAKING: 'Inspirational' leader steps down after 27 years

    10 May 2018

    Wigan MBC’s ‘inspirational’ Lord Peter Smith has announced he is stepping down after 27 years as leader.