Grant fraud to soar
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
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
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
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
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
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham expects the political process to be wrapped up soon after Parliament reconvenes.
Police make first Grenfell arrest
Detectives investigating the fire have arrested a man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
Bracing for the ASB challenge
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
Four sector figures arrested three years ago have been released under investigation following a review.
Councils to receive cyber probe
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
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
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
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
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
Local authorities are still encountering barriers to tackling fraud effectively, a new document has highlighted.
LGA chief in ransomware warning
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
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
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
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’
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.