Door knocking on neighbourhoods
The cuts meted out to neighbourhood services are shortsighted, damaging to communities, and grossly unfair on local government, write Paul O’Brien and Dr Peter Kenway.
PAC: Government lacks ambition on housing
The Government lacks the necessary ambition to solve the housing crisis and is overly reliant on a ‘broken’ market to deliver the homes people need, MPs have argued today.
Council launches energy company
Liverpool City Council has launched a not-for-profit energy company to tackle fuel poverty.
Adults with learning disabilities work comes under scrutiny
Councils must do more to measure outcomes and improvements to quality of life for adults with learning disabilities, MPs have urged.
Carlton steps in after retirement
Stuart Carlton has been appointed director of children’s services for North Yorkshire CC following Pete Dwyer’s retirement this summer after four years in the role.
Doomed to success?
The snap election has shunted full business rates retention into the sidings. But does the sector now face delay or abandonment of what had been slated as the biggest revolution in local government finance for generations? Jonathan Werran reports.
Councils should be shouting from the rooftops about UC
Jo Miller says the roll-out of Universal Credit is a scandalous waste of public money - and the sector must be more vocal about it.
‘Delay rollout of 100% rates retention by at least a year’
The rollout of 100% business rates retention should be pushed back by at least a year, the chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has urged.
Guide to championing civic crowdfunding launched
A new guidebook to help empower local authorities ‘champion’ civic crowdfunding will be sent to city councils across the UK.
Finance officers must be prepared for General Election shocks
Councils need to ensure their budgets are resilient, whatever the outcome of the General Election, warns Rob Whiteman.
GIB sale ‘won’t affect investment landscape’
The sell-off of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) will impact future sustainability opportunities for councils, but will not create an immediately poorer investment landscape, Greenpeace has said.
UC becoming a ‘scandalous waste’ claims SOLACE chief
The implementation of Universal Credit (UC) is ‘nothing short of a scandal,’ the president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives has argued.
Universal local services 'hardest hit' by cuts
Local government will soon spend just half of what central government pays out for public services, new research has revealed.
Pickles to stand down as MP
Former communities secretary Sir Eric Pickles has announced he is standing down as MP for Brentwood and Ongar after 25 years.
Scottish councils should 'target local economies'
Campaigners have called on Scottish councils to spend more with small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).
Going for gold in children's services
New ADCS president Alison Michalska’s priorities for the year revolve around the determination to create a country that truly works for children.
CIPFA warning over voluntary mergers
Councils will be unable to cover the costs of voluntary mergers in Wales using their reserves, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA) has warned.
Rural England Budget blow
Rural residents are paying an average of £87 more per head in council tax than their urban counterparts, new figures have suggested.
Scrap private finance for public buildings, says Unite
Trade union Unite has called for the use of private finance to build public buildings in Scotland to be scrapped.
Sector must be honest about financial issues
Local government must stop being so defensive of poor performance and face up to variations across the country, a county chief executive has demanded.