Bournemouth looks to axe chief executive role
Bournemouth councillors will be asked to vote on making the role of chief executive redundant next week.
Social care demand strategies criticised
Poor support and rapid hospital discharge processes for adult social care could be costing councils more in the long-term, according to a new report by the Institute of Public Care (IPC).
LGPS deficit plummets to £35bn
The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) deficit has fallen to half the level previously expected - going down to around £35bn - new figures have revealed.
Councils struggle in face of rising homelessness
A housing shortfall and Government benefit cuts are ‘fuelling’ rising homelessness as councils warn they are struggling to find affordable tenancies.
Breaking the cycle and boosting communities
Cllr Judith Blake argues for place-based budgeting to break down barriers between economic and social policy.
Andrew Muter combines the district and county spending power figures and uncovers a worrying trend.
Cornwall to demand more rate relief powers
More powers and flexibilities around rate reliefs and public health will be demanded by Cornwall Council as it heads into negotiations for a 2018/19 pilot.
Separate audit is needed for housing benefit work
Section 151 officers have been reminded they will have to procure accountants to carry out their housing benefit certification work separately.
Property purchases will net £1.6m for district council
Basildon BC could eventually spend £80m buying up property across the UK to generate £1.6m a year, councillors will be told.
Councils are braced for NHS cash raid
Local government is bracing itself for a NHS cash grab as it battles for influence over how to spend the extra £2bn for social care.
Only Surrey’s spending power ‘above national average’
All two-tier areas in England but one have a core spending power below average, representing an annual £1.9bn funding gap, new calculations have revealed.
Bid to oust Hodge as Surrey leader thwarted
An attempt to oust the leader of Surrey CC in the wake of an alleged ‘sweetheart deal’ with the Government failed today.
London boroughs secure homelessness funding
London boroughs have secured £1.7m in fresh government funding aimed at preventing homelessness.
EXCLUSIVE: Half of children could avoid care
Councils have been urged to refocus on reducing demand after analysis revealed up to half of children could have avoided being taken into care.
Council creates stand-alone capital investment vehicle
The first stand-alone capital investment vehicle in the north-east has been created by Durham Council.
Councils to benefit from government innovation cash
Local authorities are among the organisations that will receive £36m of government cash designed to improve the lives of vulnerable children.
Unitary plan would 'pull council off see-saw'
South Northamptonshire DC has warned that unitary plans by ‘financially-stricken’ Oxfordshire CC would put its joint working partnership with Cherwell DC at risk.
Benefit changes warning
Hackney LBC has warned MPs about the Government’s attempt to ‘rush through’ benefit changes to those in supported housing without fully funding them.
We need to talk about the state of the state
We are trying to pay for public services with a tax system based on property and full-time employment as we shift to online shopping and the gig economy, writes Heather Jameson.
Councils talk housing deals with Whitehall
A group of councils has met with government officials to discuss the possibility of bespoke housing deals that could lead to relaxing the borrowing cap, The MJ understands.