Councils left in dark over youth offending budgets
Funding uncertainty is undermining councils’ efforts to tackle knife crime and County Lines drug dealing, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
Reform Right to Buy to unleash council housebuilding potential
A fresh appeal has been made to give councils a larger role in the Government’s housebuilding drive.
Councils' role in asylum system to be bolstered
Plans are being drawn up that will give councils more of a say in where asylum seekers are accommodated.
Experts warn of 'gap' in scrutiny of council finances
An inquiry into council finance has heard warnings of a gap in oversight of the sector.
Councils defend council tax hikes
Councils have had ‘little choice’ but to raise council tax to protect local services, the Local Government Association has said, after the latest tax rises were revealed.
Call for clarity after children's service advice withdrawn
The Government needs to urgently clarify its guidance on the duties of councils regarding vulnerable children and young people, according to the Local Government Association.
Sector unites in call for Troubled Families funding
The local government sector has urged the Treasury to continue funding the Troubled Families programme following a glowing report on its impact.
LGA presses for increase in asylum-seeking children funding
Pressure is growing on the Government to deliver on promises to improve funding for councils supporting children who are seeking asylum.
Councillors barrage Brokenshire over Brexit
Local government secretary James Brokenshire has faced a barrage of Brexit concerns from councillors.
Sunak rejects care funding criticism as 'unfair'
Opposition MPs have challenged the Government on the issue of adult social care funding.
Why I am a Brexiteer
Brexit minister Kwasi Kwarteng was recently guest speaker at a Localis dinner, where he was quizzed by a local government audience. Here, he responds to further questions from Michael Burton.
Spending report attacks 'unambitious' ministry
Marsham Street has ‘an unacceptable lack of ambition’ for local government – with no aspiration for improving finances beyond merely ‘coping’, according to a scathing Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report.
125 years and the issues remain the same
Spending time poring over issues of The MJ (Municipal Journal) from the past 125 years – as you will see from this week's supplement – it is remarkable how much things change and yet they remain the same, says Heather Jameson
Nine out of ten councils blow the budget on children's care
Nearly ninety percent of councils overspent on children’s social care last year, according to figures released by the Local Government Association.
Northamptonshire reorganisation 'driven by politicians' - Lord Porter
The proposed unitarisation of Northamptonshire has been questioned by Local Government Association (LGA) chair, Lord Porter.
A developing story
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
Funding woes dominated the opening speeches of the National Children and Adults Services conference in Manchester.
Kid’s care on a cliff edge
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
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’
Children’s services are approaching the point of crisis following a jump in demand, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.