• A developing story

    28 November 2018

    Heather Jameson talks to chief executive of Homes England Nick Walkley about supporting house building and working with the LGA to regrow capacity within local government.

  • Warnings of 'bun fights' and help offered to Hancock at conference

    14 November 2018

    Funding woes dominated the opening speeches of the National Children and Adults Services conference in Manchester.

  • Kid’s care on a cliff edge

    13 November 2018

    Following a report by ADCS that initial contacts made to children’s social care have increased by 78% over 10 years, Martin Ford finds out how council specialists are addressing the pressures to keep delivering as budgets dwindle

  • More than 1,000 children referred to social services every day

    09 November 2018

    Nearly 400,000 children in England were referred and assessed as in need of social services support in 2017/18, according to the latest figures.

  • Surge in child protection plans pushing services to ‘tipping point’

    25 October 2018

    Children’s services are approaching the point of crisis following a jump in demand, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

  • Breaking the barriers

    24 October 2018

    As Jo Miller’s presidency of SOLACE with its focus on equalities and women’s rights ends, Jessica Crowe reports from a recent workshop on the best way to continue making progress

  • One in 5 councils affected by China's waste ban

    22 October 2018

    One in five councils have been directly affected by China’s ban on imported waste over the past year, according to a new survey.

  • Brokenshire: 10,000 homes a year

    12 October 2018

    Councils will be able to build up to 10,000 homes a year after prime minister Theresa May scrapped the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) borrowing cap, the housing secretary has said.

  • Don’t overlook the power of peer reviews

    10 October 2018

    Heather Jameson says it is clear from Liverpool City Council's peer review that members are not backward in giving their views – and it seems the council was strident in its approach to the LGA’s corporate peer challenge.

  • North Yorkshire warns of social care's 'existential crisis'

    09 October 2018

    North Yorkshire CC has backed calls for a social care premium to resolve the ‘existential crisis’ facing the sector.

  • One conference with two messages

    03 October 2018

    Two events run simultaneously at the Conservative Party conference, says Michael Burton. At the main hall plenaries 'all is rosy' , while the 'real world' makes an appearance at the 300 or so fringe sessions.

  • Council housing borrowing cap axed

    03 October 2018

    The cap on council borrowing for housebuilding will be scrapped, the Prime Minister has announced.

  • Council 'devastated' by death of leader

    03 October 2018

    A council leader and regional LGA vice chair has died.

  • LGA shows impact of Government cuts in Budget plea

    01 October 2018

    Local government leaders are ramping up the pressure on ministers to drop planned cuts in support for the sector or face more councils facing Northamptonshire-style crises.

  • LGA's pre-Budget play in war against austerity

    27 September 2018

    Smith Square has begun drawing local government’s battle lines as chancellor Phillip Hammond comes under renewed pressure to loosen his grip on council finances.

  • Adult social care is 'single largest problem facing local government' - DCN

    26 September 2018

    The adult social care crisis is the ‘single largest problem facing local government services and their financial sustainability’, according to the District Councils’ Network (DCN).

  • Social care vacancy figures soar

    24 September 2018

    Adult social care vacancies are soaring, according to the sector’s key training organisation.

  • Some Broken dreams

    19 September 2018

    Devolution has dropped off the political radar in the last few months, but it’s still an emotional topic for regional leaders.

  • ADASS: Adult social care has saved NHS £60m

    21 August 2018

    Adult social care has saved the NHS almost £60m through reducing pressure on hospital bed spaces, according to research published today.

  • LGA in no deal Brexit warning

    17 August 2018

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has added to Whitehall’s Brexit headache as it today warned of wide-ranging implications of failing to secure an EU deal.