Government appoints SEND commissioner at Birmingham
A former council chief executive has been appointed to oversee improvements to Birmingham City Council’s special educational needs and disability (SEND) service.
Could anything have been done by the sector or the Government to draw Croydon back from downfall? Dan Peters speaks to leader Cllr Hamida Ali and chief executive Katherine Kerswell.
Commissioner to be appointed at Bradford
The Government is to appoint a commissioner to oversee improvements to children’s services at Bradford City Council after questioning whether leaders have ‘sufficient grip’.
Birmingham faces intervention on SEND
Birmingham City Council faces a further intervention after a damning Ofsted report revealed it was not making progress.
Liverpool's accounts delayed by police investigation
Liverpool City Council auditors have warned they will not be able to sign off the council’s accounts until police fraud investigations are complete.
Surrey chief part of four-strong team of Liverpool commissioners
Surrey CC’s chief executive Joanna Killian will be part of the team of independent commissioners who will oversee improvements at Liverpool City Council, local government secretary Robert Jenrick has announced today.
Northants commissioners in ‘hubris’ warning
Councils have been warned against falling victim to ‘hubris’ in the same manner as Northamptonshire CC.
Former Liverpool mayor refused permission for legal challenge
Former Liverpool City Council Mayor Joe Anderson and his son David have been refused permission for a legal challenge over their arrests last year.
Anderson to sue government over Liverpool intervention
Former mayor of Liverpool City Council, Joe Anderson, is planning to sue the Government for its decision to intervene in the city.
Herefordshire handed improvement notice
The Government has issued an improvement notice to Herefordshire Council over ‘serious concerns’ regarding children’s services.
New chief to handle response to damning judgement
Herefordshire Council’s incoming chief executive will personally lead improvement after a judge said there had been ‘longstanding failures’ in the authority’s children’s services.
Good luck Liverpool
Intervention can be the best thing that happens to a council, ‘and can serve only to define the past not the future’, says Jo Miller. But the cause of the failure must be recognised and the right series of actions taken, she believes.
Limited government intervention is good outcome, says Liverpool chief
A limited intervention at Liverpool City Council – rather than the full takeover that was expected – is a good outcome for the city, chief executive Tony Reeves has told The MJ.
Jenrick steps in at 'dysfunctional' Liverpool
Commissioners will be sent in to Liverpool City Council after an independent inquiry found serious mismanagement and a dysfunctional culture, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has told Parliament.
Intervention at Blackpool to end
A commissioner has recommended intervention in children’s services at Blackpool Council should come to an end.
Intervention ends at Reading
Government intervention in Reading Council’s children’s services has come to an end after five years.
Failing to act on audit invites intervention, says Whiteman
A failure to act on the Redmond review could lead to more Government intervention, finance chief Rob Whiteman has told MPs.
Nottingham improvement board appointed
The board has been tasked with providing external ‘advice, challenge and expertise’ to the council as it gets its finances back on track.
Nottingham plans £100m asset sale
The council has identified £100m of assets for sale as part of a plan to bring its finances under control.
Councillors voice intervention fears
Members of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council have raised concerns the authority could face government intervention over the performance of its planning department.