Council pushes ahead with legal review of reorganisation
Christchurch BC has issued proceedings in the High Court for a judicial review of ministers’ decision to push ahead with local government reorganisation in Dorset.
Kemp: Liverpool have questions to answer
Liverpool is under pressure to answer questions about its appointment of an interim chief and what senior figures knew about allegations against two former executives.
Affluent parents can 'undermine' abuse investigations
City of London Council will train social workers to deal with affluent parents after research showed they can use their status to undermine abuse investigations.
Fitzgerald 'resigns' from Liverpool ahead of crunch meeting
Liverpool City Council’s chief executive, Ged Fitzgerald, is understood to have resigned, days before an independent panel was due to consider his future.
Former councillor loses High Court battle against Sandwell
The former deputy leader of Sandwell MBC has been order to pay almost £140,000 after a failed legal battle against the council ended in the High Court.
Victims call for document disclosure
CSA (child sexual abuse) victims want disclosure of communications between Devon CC, Home Office, insurance firms and police to ascertain whether they colluded in limiting past damages claims.
Future Forum: Councils to face more legal challenges from NHS
Health bosses are likely to launch more legal challenges in the future as funding pressures continue to grow, a policy expert has predicted.
Council chief welcomes 'misleading' judgement
Tower Hamlets LBC’s chief executive has welcomed a judgement that found a Times article about a fostering case was misleading.
Fitzgerald loses court battle to review arrest
Liverpool City Council’s chief executive, Ged Fitzgerald, has lost a legal attempt to judicial review his arrest.
Windrush row could swing key council votes
Whitehall’s mistreatment of the Windrush generation could swing key council votes in areas with large immigrant populations, senior politicians have warned.
LGA seeks cash to defend legal claim
The Local Government Association (LGA) is seeking financial support from across the sector as it prepares for a legal fight with NHS trusts over rates relief.
Council forced to exhaust reserves
Troubled Northamptonshire CC has taken a ‘last resort’ decision to exhaust its entire reserves as it struggles to agree a legal budget for 2018/19.
Northamptonshire: MHCLG letter details intervention
Northamptonshire CC will continue to make most day-to-day decisions over how the county is run, despite heavy oversight from two government-appointed commissioners that could last three years.
Diary is well aware of Government’s innately cautious stance to pretty much everything.
Government backs DoLS replacement
The Government has said it ‘agrees in principle’ that the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) system should be ‘replaced as a matter of pressing urgency’.
Union warning over Northamptonshire pay freeze
Trade unions and opposition councillors this week criticised Northamptonshire CC’s decision to freeze staff pay – warning it will exacerbate existing recruitment and retention problems.
Tories oust leader as Northants signs off budget
Northamptonshire CC today signed off its redrafted budget – but the council’s leader has been ousted as head of the ruling Conservative group.
Filling the gap: what councils need to know to replace Carillion
Councils looking to avoid high costs to cover services left unmanned by the fall of Carillion must consider the practicalities and legal challenges before acting, warns Colette-Morgan Ford.
Gwynne calls for commissioners to take over Northamptonshire CC
Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has urged his political rival Sajid Javid to send commissioners into crisis-hit Northamptonshire CC.
Rates relief row comes to court
The dispute between councils and NHS trusts over business rates relief has flared up again after proceedings were issued in the High Court.