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.
Learning the lessons from interventions
Paul McDermott says the MHCLG’s analysis of corporate dysfunction is a must read, as it raises the question of what measures could be adopted to underpin good governance and avoid future interventions
Northants two years on: Commissioners report underspend
Two years into it intervention, Northamptonshire CC is set to end the 2019-20 financial year with a £640,000 underspend, the commissioners have stated.
Northamptonshire commissioners warn of financial risks
The funding of children’s services poses a ‘significant risk’ to Northamptonshire CC and the viability of its successors, commissioners have warned.
Medway given six months to turn around children's services
Medway Council could lose control of its children’s services unless it improves standards within the next six months.
A positive response to a care home collapse in Cornwall
Cornwall Council’s decision to step in and buy a care home ensured some of the area’s most vulnerable residents avoided being moved out of the county and safeguarded 80 jobs, says Helen Charlesworth May.
Think tanks to produce ‘toolkit’ to improve governance
A project part-funded by Whitehall and the Local Government Association aims to produce ‘practical support’ and a toolkit to improve councils’ corporate governance by next summer.
Brum’s turnaround plan should have come sooner
Birmingham City Council has created a new model of intervention, says Heather Jameson - 'but it should have happened before now'.
Leader of ‘fractious’ council seeks Government help
The leader of Merthyr Tydfil Council has asked the Welsh Government for help to overcome its ‘fractious’ position and financial challenges.
Brum improvement team issues final damning judgement and walks away
Birmingham City Council’s intervention team has issued a final, damning report on the crisis-hit council and walked away – despite admitting its job is not complete.
Councillors meet to set up shadow Northants council
Councillors on the new Joint Committee for West Northamptonshire will meet for the first time this evening to discuss setting up one of the two new unitary authorities replacing the county council.