Rotherham scandal continues to hit council finances
The aftermath of Rotherham’s child exploitation scandal continues to hit council finances with an overspend of nearly £16m in its children and young people’s directorate.
Amey facing £200m Birmingham divorce bill
Amey may have to pay more than £200m to extricate itself from its troubled 25-year PFI contract with Birmingham City Council after years of legal difficulties, according to national newspaper reports.
Carers win right to appeal in £400m sleep-in shift battle
The Supreme Court has granted carers the right to appeal in the ongoing sleep-in shift legal battle.
EXCLUSIVE: Down to the core
Six out of 10 senior council figures admit their authority is now only delivering a basic core offer of service, The MJ and LGiU think-tank’s annual local government finance survey has revealed.
Birmingham follows through on injunction threat
Birmingham City Council has insisted it had ‘no option’ but to follow through its threat of an injunction as industrial action by refuse workers continues.
Union dilution warning over merging of roles
The union that represents senior local government managers has called for the independent roles of chief financial officer and chief executive to be kept separate.
Council to take legal action over Local Plan delay
Stevenage BC will request a judicial review as the Government continues to hold up its Local Plan.
Call for power to ban councillors
Council standards boards should have the power to ban councillors for up to six months without allowances, the Committee on Standards in Public Life has recommended.
Ministers accused of 'irrational policy-making'
Ministers have been accused of irrational policy-making by funding prevention in the NHS while forcing councils to focus on acute statutory services.
Liverpool housing plans killed by legal challenge
A deal between Liverpool City Council and Redrow Homes to build luxury properties on the fringes of a park is 'dead’ after a legal challenge, mayor Joe Anderson has admitted.
Monitoring officer review call
The organisation representing legal and governance council officers is to push for a Government review of the status of monitoring officers.
Charities attack mental capacity reforms
Liberty and 11 disability groups led by Mind have attacked the Government’s bill aimed at reforming deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS).
Doncaster brought in to review Herefordshire children's services
Doncaster MBC will review Herefordshire Council’s children’s services following heavy criticism from a High Court judge.
Buckinghamshire districts threaten legal action over unitary plan
Two Buckinghamshire districts have written to the Government warning they could launch legal proceedings over plans to create a single county unitary.
Lawyers call for post-Brexit procurement rule changes
Legal experts have added their weight to calls for changes to procurement rules after Brexit.
LGA to build case for tourism tax
Smith Square is to commission further research as it looks to build a ‘very strong case’ for a tourism levy that could generate £12bn.
Glasgow agrees equal pay deal to end long-running dispute
Glasgow City Council has struck an agreement in principle to resolve historical claims for unequal pay.
Brum threatens legal action against union
Birmingham City Council has threatened trade union Unite with the prospect of a court order as industrial action by refuse workers continues.
Voter ID pilots face legal challenge
A formal legal challenge to the Government’s voter ID trials has been lodged at the High Court by lawyers representing campaigner Neil Coughlan.
Council escapes sanction despite missing deadline
Derby City Council has been given more time to tackle air pollution despite ministers warning of ‘serious consequences’ after it missed an earlier deadline.