Hull commits £2m to improve ‘inadequate’ children’s services
Hull City Council has promised to ‘accelerate’ its improvement plans and invest an extra £2m into its children’s services after they were rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted.
Keep making the investment case for prevention
John O'Brien says that whether we end up with a one year Spending Review or a longer one, it's important to make the wider investment case for preventative services programmes such as Troubled Families.
Councillors urge London borough to 'change mind-set' on procurement
Greenwich LBC has been pressed to ‘change its mind-set’ in procurement by its members as it overhauls its policies.
Business rates 'tweaks' not enough - CBI
Industry leaders have called on politicians to look at overhauling the system of business rates.
Investment-based crowdfunding has ‘untapped potential’ for councils - study
Crowdfunding has ‘huge, untapped potential’ for council finances, a new study has concluded.
Glasgow City Region advances at pace
The £1.13bn Glasgow City Region City Deal is one of the largest and most advanced in the UK. Kevin Rush outlines the progress being made and how the City Deal is stimulating further growth and investment.
Call for Derbyshire to 'overcome departmentalism'
Investment in a greater corporate centre for Derbyshire CC is needed to overcome departmentalism, Local Government Association peers have suggested.
Norfolk investment after Ombudsman criticisms
The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) today said Norfolk CC ‘failed’ two boys with special educational needs (SEN) – the 11th similar complaint upheld in the last two years.
Pulling leisure out of the deep end
Denbighshire CC is sharing the learning and the success of its commercial approach to leisure provision with the rest of the UK through a £750 million framework, says Jamie Groves
Councils buying up shopping centres in a bid to boost the high street
Councils have spent more than £800m buying shopping centres in the past three years, according to figures from commercial property firm Knight Frank.
Accounting rule changes delayed
Whitehall has agreed to extend a statutory override of new rules that will change the way councils have to treat investments in their final accounts.
Manchester City Council to double its contribution to arts venue
Manchester City Council is expected to more than double its contribution to delivering a new arts venue after the cost of project rose by £20m.
Multi-million pound North of Tyne devolution deal signed
A devolution deal for the North of Tyne region has been approved in what the Government describes as an ‘unprecedented’ transfer of power from Westminster.
Stockton’s high street transformation
Stockton has been well ahead of the game when it comes to developing a town centre people want to spend time in for reasons other than just shopping, as Neil Schneider explains
Venture into resilience
There is a lot to consider before launching into a commercial venture. Julie McEver explains
May to announce £2bn for social housing
The Government is to announce a £2bn investment to increase the provision of affordable housing.
Managing investment strategies
Malcolm Morley sets out the detail authorities must master if they are to successfully engage with their investment strategies.
Future local government will be largely self-sustaining. We must start thinking about how we generate income streams now because the cultivation of income development interventions is complex, with long lead-in times. The question is: how do you develop a business case to spend on growing longer-term income streams when you are in the middle of cost reduction?
The five steps to joint working
Prof Malcolm Morley gives his views on how to make joint working situations – whether in the public or private sector – work for you.
Council £6m investment to boost income
West Lindsey DC’s property investments have reached £14m with the purchase of a £6m site in Gainsborough – the authority’s biggest deal to date.