Brokenshire: 10,000 homes a year
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
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'
North Yorkshire CC has backed calls for a social care premium to resolve the ‘existential crisis’ facing the sector.
One conference with two messages
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
The cap on council borrowing for housebuilding will be scrapped, the Prime Minister has announced.
Council 'devastated' by death of leader
A council leader and regional LGA vice chair has died.
LGA shows impact of Government cuts in Budget plea
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
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
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
Adult social care vacancies are soaring, according to the sector’s key training organisation.
Some Broken dreams
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
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
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.
Tax increases among options in LGA Green Paper
Tax increases are among the solutions to the social care crisis considered in a Green Paper launched by the Local Government Association (LGA) today.
Fresh calls for SEN funding as pupil numbers grow
The number of children with special educational needs (SEN) has continued to rise, piling further pressure on cash-strapped councils.
Raft of changes for Kensington and Chelsea to engage with residents
Kensington and Chelsea RLBC is to undergo an overhaul in an effort to engage with its residents following the Grenfell Tower fire.
Peers tell council to match words with action
Herefordshire Council has been told to ‘turn positive rhetoric into reality’ following a peer review.
When it comes to improving public services, what’s good for local government should be good for central government. Piali Das Gupta looks at why the latter can benefit from adopting the principles of the former
Government to fund cost of cladding removal
The Government will fully fund the £400m estimated cost of removing cladding and insulation from tower blocks by councils and housing associations in the wake of the Grenfell fire, the Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed today.
£12bn needed to fill children's services black hole
Smith Square has estimated that £12bn is needed to tackle a shortfall in children’s services cash, as MPs debate the impact shrinking budgets have had on youngsters in care.