• Grant fraud to soar

    22 February 2021

    Grant fraud is expected to soar because of the amount of COVID-19 funding channelled through local government, according to the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

  • Criminals publish stolen council data online

    07 January 2021

    Data stolen from Hackney LBC in a cyber attack has been published online by the criminals responsible.

  • Liverpool mayor agrees not to stand again after arrest

    04 January 2021

    Liverpool City Council’s mayor Joe Anderson has reluctantly agreed not to stand again for the role after Merseyside Police extended his bail to mid-February.

  • Liverpool to undergo best value inspection

    17 December 2020

    Liverpool City Council will undergo an inspection of whether it is complying with its best value duty after the arrest of its mayor.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Whitehall warning over ransomware threat

    16 November 2020

    Council chief executives have been warned there is an ‘urgent need’ to take steps to mitigate the threat of a ransomware attack on the sector.  

  • New enforcement powers expected next week

    30 October 2020

    Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham expects the political process to be wrapped up soon after Parliament reconvenes.

  • Police make first Grenfell arrest

    26 October 2020

    Detectives investigating the fire have arrested a man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

  • Bracing for the ASB challenge

    21 October 2020

    Rebecca Bryant says the rise in anti-social behaviour since the start of COVID-19 restrictions must be addressed – but the tools to tackle it head-on ‘are available at our fingertips’.

  • Operation Sheridan four released under investigation

    06 October 2020

    Four sector figures arrested three years ago have been released under investigation following a review.

  • Councils to receive cyber probe

    17 August 2020

    One in 10 councils will be offered ‘penetration testing’ of their cyber security arrangements to ‘identify and potentially remediate’ vulnerabilities. 

  • EXCLUSIVE: Police refuse to reveal sector probe costs

    14 July 2020

    Police have refused to publish the costs of an investigation into four sector figures who remain on bail three years after they were arrested.

  • Government warns queues could be new terror target

    06 July 2020

    Queue-filled high streets could be a new target for marauding terrorists using a vehicle as a weapon, the Government has warned.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Spooks in cyber threat warning

    16 June 2020

    Chief executives have been warned of an increased cyber threat to councils as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Redesigning collaboration along County Lines

    31 March 2020

    Ian Blackhurst explains why local authorities, the police and partner agencies need to share information dynamically and in real time to tackle county lines.

  • Councils face barriers as they try to tackle fraud

    25 March 2020

    Local authorities are still encountering barriers to tackling fraud effectively, a new document has highlighted.

  • LGA chief in ransomware warning

    23 March 2020

    The impact of a successful ransomware attack amid the coronavirus crisis could be catastrophic, Local Government Association (LGA) chief executive, Mark Lloyd has warned.

  • Fit for the future

    18 March 2020

    Surrey County Council and PwC outline the ‘very clear and powerful’ shared ambition driving their joint approach to transformation – focused on creating an inclusive and healthy place where people are proud to live.

  • Council leaders call for domestic abuse funding boost

    03 March 2020

    Local authority leaders have welcomed the re-introduction of a Bill aimed to protect victims of domestic abuse, but called on the Government to fund services designed to prevent violence in the home.

  • Community tensions rise amid Coronavirus outbreak

    17 February 2020

    Reports of increasing community tensions ‘across multiple areas’ have been picked up by the Government as the international Coronavirus crisis continues to worsen.

  • ‘There can be and will be no complacency’

    23 January 2020

    Joanne Roney says that while addressing past failures is ‘very necessary’, we must not lose sight of ‘how radically our approach to tackling child sexual exploitation has been strengthened’ since Operation Augusta.