• Scottish Budget 'not good' for communities

    28 February 2024

    Next year’s Scottish Budget is ‘not good’ for communities, council leaders have said.

  • The peer challenge

    27 February 2024

    A reformed House of Lords must imply a new role in Parliament for local government leaders, says Michael Burton.

  • Chiefs back ethnicity pay gap reporting

    12 February 2024

    Council chiefs have backed proposals that would place a duty on local authorities to collect data and report on staffing, pay and outcomes by ethnicity.

  • Officer warning over street votes

    06 February 2024

    Senior council officers have issued a scathing response to plans for street-level planning votes – dismissing the idea as a costly and complex ‘proliferation of polls’.

  • Get ready for the Procurement Act

    23 January 2024

    The Procurement Act will bring both risks and opportunities for councils but they should consider how to take advantage of the increased flexibility it brings, says Steven Brunning.

  • It’s the era of the ALMO

    15 January 2024

    Far from becoming extinct, arm’s-length housing management organisations offer better performance for less cash. Mike Ainsley and Eamon McGoldrick explain.

  • Ban on councils boycotting Israel moves forward

    11 January 2024

    MPs have voted through legislation that aims to ban councils from launching boycotts of Israeli goods.

  • How CCS is preparing for the new Procurement Act

    10 January 2024

    A look at how Crown Commercial Service is preparing for the Procurement Act 2023.

  • What can councils expect from stronger social housing regulation?

    14 December 2023

    As councils get ready for the biggest shake-up in social housing regulation in 10 years, regulator Angela Holden gives an early insight into what to expect, ahead of the details due to published early next year.

  • Regional working is here to stay

    11 December 2023

    John Copps says regional working in children’s services can no longer be something that can be seen as a side show and local authorities need to engage now or risk getting left behind.

  • Is it time to consider AI legislation?

    04 December 2023

    Watching the development of the EU AI Act could provide local authorities unsure about the use of AI and its potential impact with some useful guidelines, writes Sandip Patel KC.

  • Committee calls for Government action on council debt chasing

    01 December 2023

    Councils have been found to use ‘heavy-handed’ tactics to chase council tax debts, according to a report by MPs.

  • The way ahead for awarding health service contracts

    20 November 2023

    The Provider Selection Regime will lead to more transparency in the award of health service contracts, and local authorities will need to monitor their compliance and publish annual summaries, says Mary Mundy.

  • Navigating procurement reform

    20 November 2023

    Raoul Robinson offers a guide to the new procurement regime, setting out key updates and unveiling a number of the most important tools to help deal with the reform.

  • Housing minister among casualties of Sunak reshuffle

    13 November 2023

    The UK will have its 16th housing minister in 12 years after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s sweeping reshuffle affected the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

  • Ensuring a plan comes together

    13 November 2023

    A genuine working partnership between central and local government is vital to the success of local planning, as Justin ‘Hannibal’ Griggs explains.

  • Watchdog warning over elections

    08 November 2023

    It could take a generation to restore public confidence if there are major problems at the next General Election including with voter ID, a watchdog has warned.

  • Gove's pay plan dismissed as 'unnecessary gimmick'

    07 November 2023

    Communities secretary Michael Gove’s embryonic plan to require full councils to approve top salaries has been dismissed as an ‘unnecessary gimmick’ by sector figures.

  • King's Speech light on local government solutions

    07 November 2023

    The Government has vowed to increase economic growth – but warned the Treasury would prioritise cutting inflation over investments and borrowing – in its Parliamentary programme.

  • Senior salaries could face crackdown in King's Speech

    07 November 2023

    Plans to curb senior council salaries could be included in the King’s Speech, due to be announced later today.