Sector-led improvement for critical Powys
Powys CC needs ‘significant’ support from the Welsh Government and the Welsh Local Government Association to ensure sustainable improvement, a critical report has concluded.
Council vows to improve 'volatile' relations
Maldon DC has vowed to improve ‘volatile’ relations between members and senior officers after a second peer challenge review identified concerns.
Council investment after inadequate rating
Gloucestershire CC has invested in staff, casework reduction and administration amid warnings the pace of improvements to its children’s services is too slow.
Sunak steps up pressure on peer challenge
New local government minister Rishi Sunak has said Whitehall is 'very keen' that every council hosts a corporate peer challenge.
Children's services: Improving under pressure
A recent spate of children’s services turnarounds have provided the sector with a boost. Sam Clayden interviews Steve Walker about a partnership between high-performing Leeds City Council and struggling Kirklees MBC and the looming crisis in the sector.
Call for Government intervention at Liverpool
The former leader of Liverpool City Council, Mike Storey, has called for the Government to intervene at the authority.
Stockport to act as improvement partner for struggling neighbour
Tameside MBC councillors have been urged to form a children’s services improvement partnership with neighbouring Stockport MBC amid concerns progress in the borough has been too slow.
Peer reviews should 'stretch' councils - LGA
Corporate peer challenges (CPC) should ‘stretch’ councils so they get the most out of them, the chairman of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) improvement and innovation board has said.
Auditor in clarity call over savings
Falkirk Council has responded encouragingly to previous concerns but needs effective leadership to deliver its five-year improvement programme, the Accounts Commission has said.
Council urged to strengthen engagement
Ribble Valley BC must strengthen its engagement with staff and partners if it is to sustain its success, Local Government Association (LGA) peers have warned.
Sandwell leader hits back at Tory party vice-chair
Sandwell MBC needs to be ‘seen to move on’ from a series of recent standards issues, Local Government Association (LGA) peers have said.
Essex to take lead over Barnet’s ‘inadequate’ children’s services
Essex CC has been appointed Barnet LBC’s improvement partner after the latter’s children’s services were rated inadequate by inspectors.
Norfolk CC is back on the march
After five years as an ‘inadequate’ authority, Norfolk CC’s children’s services have seen a turnaround. Sam Clayden speaks to top officers about its improvement journey to date and its ambitions for the future.
Croydon 'on track' to improve children's services
Croydon LBC has claimed it is ‘on track’ to deliver improvements to its children’s services.
Failing children's services can improve without trusts, says Norfolk boss
Norfolk CC’s beleaguered children’s services have finally ditched their inadequate judgement in a move the council’s chief believes proves authorities can improve without being placed into a trust.
Chief who turned round council to leave
Eden DC’s chief executive has announced he will leave at the end of May after seven years’ service.
Inspector arrives amid reorganisation pressure
An independent inspector today began investigating Northamptonshire CC’s precarious finances amid fresh signs MPs are pressuring the Government to reorganise the county.
Financial acumen 'essential' for county chiefs
The officer brought in by Lancashire CC because of her expertise with figures has described financial acumen as an ‘essential skill’ for all county bosses.
Javid sends inspector into Northamptonshire
Local government secretary Sajid Javid has ordered a best value inspection of Conservative-led Northamptonshire CC amid continuing concerns over its financial management and corporate governance.
Joint role influential in turnaround
A new working partnership between Gloucester City Council and Gloucestershire CC has been praised for helping the former’s turnaround.