House of Lords
Fund planners to solve housing crisis - Lords
Peers have said council planning departments must be better resourced to prevent an ‘emerging crisis’.
Pickles committee calls for more freedoms and resources for councils
A select committee whose members include ex-communities secretary Lord Pickles has said councils must be given new freedoms and resources to support recovery from coronavirus.
LGA concerns over devolution approach
Senior figures from the Local Government Association (LGA) have raised concerns about Westminster’s approach to devolution.
Javid aims for 'integration by default'
Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid has said he wants to push through integration reforms to ‘stop people from bouncing around the system’.
Peers call for reversal of children’s services cuts
A decline in funding for child protection has disproportionately affected the most deprived areas, according to a report by the House of Lords’ Public Services Committee.
Lords voice concerns over care levy
Peers have pressed the Government on how much of the health and social care levy will reach the frontline.
Government defeated over council involvement in skills plans
The Government has lost a House of Lords vote after peers demanded councils should be involved in drawing up local skills improvement plans.
Lords warn social care funding increase is not enough
Peers have told the Government its proposed funding increase will not solve the problems within the social care system.
Planning overhaul ‘crucial’ to climate change
Changes to planning should be a priority in the fight against climate change, MPs have been told.
Peers call for joined up funding for children and families
Peers have urged Cabinet ministers to produce a cross-Whitehall bid for funding for vulnerable children and their families in the next Spending Review.
Procurement overhaul to ‘undermine’ social value
Peers have warned proposed procurement changes could ‘do more harm than good’ in encouraging collaboration.
Peers call for council tax reform
A cross-party chorus of peers has called for reform of the council tax system and new bands to be introduced.
Children’s services trapped in ‘loop’
Peers heard there has been a shift from spending on early help schemes to statutory ‘crisis intervention’.
Councils call for procurement freedom
Removal of red tape during the COVID-19 pandemic has shown what can be done, officers have told the House of Lords' Public Services Committee.
Call to tackle children's services 'postcode lottery'
National standards are needed to tackle variation in the quality of children’s services, the House of Lords' Public Services Committee has heard.
Levelling up is 'meaningless' without devo, say Lords
The Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda is meaningless without more devolution to councils and investment in local public services says a report from the House of Lords.
Call for council powers over school exclusions
Relations between schools and councils dominated an evidence-gathering session of the House of Lords' Public Services Committee.
Lack of ‘clarity’ hampering child protection
Improvements in multi-agency leadership locally and cross-government strategy nationally are required, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have told an inquiry.
Treasury to look at public health spending
Councils are facing increased scrutiny from central government over their use of public health funding.
Gangs 'one step ahead' of authorities
Criminal gangs that exploit children are ‘one step ahead of authorities,’ mandarins have told peers investigating efforts to protect vulnerable young people.