Number of Dubs scheme children to rise
The total number of children resettled under the Dubs scheme by councils will rise to 480, the Home Office has confirmed.
‘Delay rollout of 100% rates retention by at least a year’
The rollout of 100% business rates retention should be pushed back by at least a year, the chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has urged.
Warning over ‘proxy vote’ as elections clash
The local elections could be turned into a ‘proxy vote on party politics and Brexit’ by the General Election weeks later, a think-tank boss has warned.
EXCLUSIVE: Diversity gap plaguing sector leadership roles
Chief executives have been urged to embrace diversity after exclusive research revealed fears that women and minority groups were continuing to hit a glass ceiling.
Pickles to stand down as MP
Former communities secretary Sir Eric Pickles has announced he is standing down as MP for Brentwood and Ongar after 25 years.
Business rates retention future 'unclear'
A think-tank has questioned whether plans for 100% business rates retention will make it back onto Parliament’s agenda after the General Election.
LGA lending support to rates avoidance issue
Ministers have agreed to work with the Local Government Association (LGA) to reduce business rates avoidance.
Out-of-city accommodation ‘puts families at risk’
An increasing number of London boroughs are placing families at risk of homelessness in out-of-city accommodation despite evidence suggesting that many properties are unsuitable, campaigners have claimed.
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh bed-blocking fine threat looming
Councils are facing a fresh risk of NHS fines for ‘bed-blocking’ as health bodies struggle to hit new Treasury targets to reduce deficits.
Election casts doubt on 100% retention plan
Plans to roll out 100% business rates retention from April 2019 have been thrown into the air by the calling of the General Election.
Local democracy 'needs to be revitalised'
A think-tank has published a blueprint for a complete overhaul of local governance in Scotland.
Probe into pension boards’ efficiency
The effectiveness and operational efficiency of local pension boards will be tested by a survey two years on from their creation.
Judicial review over 'unlawful' funding
The country’s largest representative body for adult social care providers has accused Essex CC of ‘unlawful’ practices over how much it pays care home providers.
Brexit will have 'profound implications' for public services
The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union will have ‘profound’ implications for public services, but should be viewed as a catalyst for reform, experts have claimed.
Call for licensing committees to be scrapped
Council licensing committees should be abolished and their powers handed to planning experts, a radical new report has suggested.
Lloyd: Councils continuing to pull it off with great aplomb
Councils are continuing to thrive despite unprecedented cuts over the last 10 years,’ the chief executive of the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
Let's spend less time talking and more time building
Andrew Muter is optimistic that the housing white paper can spark a new era of local authority building, but now is the time to get on with it.
Rising homelessness comfirmed
The number of households in temporary accommodation has shot up by 10% in a year and 58% since 2010, according to the latest homelessness statistics.
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.