Scrapping DoLS could protect patients and cut costs
The Law Commission is urging the Government to scrap controversial DoLS and introduce a new system that will both protect patients and produce real savings. Nicholas Paines QC explains.
Welsh government seeks to abolish Right to Buy
The Welsh Government has introduced legislation aimed at abolishing Right to Buy to protect the nation’s stock of social housing.
Gearing up for the rate debate
James Maker outlines the importance of county authorities in achieving a balanced business rate system and looks ahead to the contentious debate about tier-splits.
Aiming high to support disadvantaged children
Some charities and local authorities have been divided over the so called ‘exemption clause’ in the Children and Social Work Bill. Kate Mulley says the decision to scrap the initiative should not impact the pursuit of innovation.
MPs call for government to publish fresh asylum data
Ministers should publish fresh data on councils’ ability to take unaccompanied asylum-seeking children before ditching the Dubs Amendment, MPs have warned.
Innovation 'hampered' by decision to scrap children's clause
The top children’s services officer at one of the Government’s flagship authorities has lamented ministers’ ‘catch 22’ decision to scrap controversial innovation clauses.
South London councils push for park law change
South London councils are pushing for a change to the law which forces them to pay for the upkeep of the Lea Valley Regional Park.
Specialist needs migrant children ‘can leave councils with £90k gap’
Councils can face a funding gap of up to £90,000 for unaccompanied child migrants with specialist needs, town halls have warned.
Call for IR35 delay
Senior local government personnel have urged Whitehall to delay the introduction of strict new anti-tax avoidance rules for public sector contractors.
The journey is just beginning
In the wake of the recent raft of national policy announcements, Mike Emmerich says it is time for the sector to take firm action and make sure this pivotal moment isn’t lost
MPs say ‘no’ to rates levy spend for housing
MPs have rejected calls to allow the infrastructure levy to be spent on housing under 100% business rates retention.
Reading’s finance plans ‘fragile’
Reading Council’s financial position has been described as fragile with ‘some very significant risks’ surrounding its delivery plan.
Bristol criticised for 'collective failure of leadership'
Bristol’s mayor has vowed to get the city’s finances under control after a report criticised the council for a ‘collective failure of leadership’ in achieving past savings.
Call for ‘ability to pay’ model
Shadow local government minister Jim McMahon has called for a new model of council funding based on residents’ ability to pay.
Councils will have crucial role in housing
Councils face significant new demands under ministers’ plan to kick-start Britain’s ‘broken’ housing market – but critics warned the reforms do not go far enough.
Labour proposes extra pub protection
A shadow communities minister has called for a change in the law to protect vulnerable pubs.
Public sector needs clarity on Brexit, says CIPFA
Public services need rapid clarity on Brexit so they can plan for the future, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy chief executive Rob Whiteman has claimed.
‘Incentivising growth’ key to rates retention
The challenge of moving to 100% business rates retention will be how to incentive ‘all kinds of growth,’ Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) president, Jo Miller, has said.
Emergency rules aim to quell delays to NI rate collection
Westminster may be forced to step in with emergency legislation to ensure Northern Irish councils can continue to be funded through taxation.
100% rates retention on its way as Bill receives second reading
Legislation that will pave the way for 100% business rates retention passed its second reading in the House of Commons this week.