Challenging the system
Shadow communities secretary, Andrew Gwynne, talks to Dan Peters about devolution, fiscal change, and his hope to represent the sector in a far more positive light
‘Whitehall is committed to full rates retention’
Local government minister Marcus Jones has insisted the Government is ‘still fully committed to proceeding with’ business rates retention.
Council takes back control of children’s services
Rotherham MBC has won back democratic control of all functions apart from children’s social care, the Government has confirmed.
Javid’s top-to-bottom social housing review
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has launched a green paper on social housing in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Lib Dems fight for post-Grenfell action
The effective ‘privatisation’ of building control has led to a watering down of fire safety checks, the Lib Dems have claimed.
Name and shame threat hangs over councils
Councils that fail to get business rates relief schemes in place by the beginning of next month could be named and shamed by the Government.
Councils told number of homes they should build
The Government has told councils the number of homes it thinks they need to deliver every year as part of Whitehall plans to boost housing.
Council shock at government refusal to fund fire safety work
Nottingham City Council’s disbelief after its request for financial support from the Government to install fire sprinklers in tower blocks was turned down has been made public.
The bald truth
The communities secretary Sajid Javid has had a tough time these last few months.
Keeping up with the Joneses
There are many types of politicians
Authorities deadlocked over disabled facilities grant
Staffordshire CC is at deadlock with one of its districts in a continuing row about disabled facilities grant (DFG).
DCLG ‘light-touch’ fuels homeless rise
Soaring homelessness levels have been described as a ‘national scandal’ after auditors warned ministers were failing to evaluate the impact of their reforms.
‘Business as usual’ for councils despite Whitehall’s silence on reorganisation
Councils waiting for the Government to decide on their reorganisation bids have vowed that it is ‘business as usual’ despite the uncertainty.
Council purchases office park in latest addition to expanding property portfolio
Warrington Council has snapped up a business park that is used as office space by more than 6,000 people in the latest addition to its property portfolio.
Government confirms transitional funding could continue
Whitehall’s transitional funding arrangements could continue into 2019/20, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has revealed.
A glimmer of hope?
Drawing from findings from their latest book, Steve Leach and John Stewart look at the steps needed to be taken in order to reverse the damage caused by centralisation.
Sector told to boost reserves
Local authorities are increasingly dipping into their reserves to plug funding gaps – something the Government continues to celebrate. But the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s chief executive warns the sector to ignore central government and speak out. Sam Clayden reports.
Disaster resilience strategy to spotlight local authorities
Local government is bracing itself for an over-the-top reaction from Whitehall as it works to develop a new strategy for resilience in major disasters.
Pressure grows to honour planning fees increase pledge
Councils have ramped up their calls for the Government to meet its commitment to allow them to increase planning fees by 20%.
‘Ignore’ Whitehall calls to raid reserves, says CIPFA
Councils have been urged to stand up to the communities secretary over their use of reserves and ‘ignore the inaccurate messages’ from his department.