Local Government Association
Lack of vital worker protection ‘shameful’
Local government secretary, Robert Jenrick, has demanded that local government workers get access to crucial personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the coronavirus crisis.
EXCLUSIVE: No Whitehall standstill despite coronavirus
Whitehall officials have insisted that they want to make progress with other government business despite the coronavirus crisis.
Changes to governance structures are needed in a time of pandemic
Decision making is a pressing concern facing local government lawyers due to the evolving pandemic, but it is not the only one, says Helen McGrath
Parking charges for social care and NHS workers suspended
On-street and pay and display car parking charges for social care and NHS workers will be suspended.
End of week rough sleeping deadline
Councils have been asked to support rough sleepers into accommodation by the end of the week amid the coronavirus pandemic.
LGA cancels annual conference in coronavirus crisis
The Local Government Association (LGA) annual conference has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis, it has been announced.
EXCLUSIVE: Ministry to look at easing sector burdens
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) officials have said they will look at further easing the burdens on the sector amid the coronavirus crisis.
Government working to ensure 'networks remain resilient'
The Government has said it is ‘in regular contact’ with broadband and mobile operators to make sure ‘networks remain resilient’ during the coronavirus pandemic.
LGA chief in ransomware warning
The impact of a successful ransomware attack amid the coronavirus crisis could be catastrophic, Local Government Association (LGA) chief executive, Mark Lloyd has warned.
Jenrick in coronavirus cash flow appeal
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has urged councils experiencing cash flow issues as a result of coronavirus to get in touch.
£3bn bed blocking coronavirus cash injection
Almost £3bn of the Government’s £5bn Covid-19 funding will go towards freeing up at least 15,000 English hospital beds by the end of next week, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.
It doesn’t hurt to be nice
Applying for a new role is a time-consuming process that takes a lot of energy and personal investment. Sharon Davies believes applicants must be supported to put their best foot forward. And, she points out, honesty and kindness go a very long way.
MHCLG to step up direct engagement with councils
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is to step up its direct engagement with councils to better understand their challenges.
Call for growth deal to cover funding gap
A £3bn growth deal is needed to avoid a gap in the delivery of capital projects while the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is introduced, the organisation representing local enterprise partnerships (LEP) has said.
Councils step up coronavirus response
Local authorities across the country have stepped up their response to coronavirus as the number of cases continues to rise.
McManus to speak on coronavirus planning
The vice president of the Association of Directors of Public Health, Jim McManus, is to address chief executive delegates about planning for coronavirus at The MJ Future Forum later this month.
Right to Buy reform calls grow
Calls intensified this week for the Government to reform its ‘outdated’ Right to Buy (RtB) policy in next week’s Budget.
Redmond to consider audit deadline change
Sir Tony Redmond will consider whether to change the current publication deadline for accounts as part of his independent review for the Government, ministers have confirmed.
PWLB borrowing drops dramatically after rate rise
The amount of borrowing from the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) has fallen dramatically in the months since the Treasury announced an immediate 1% rate rise.
Commission calls for action plan
A comprehensive review of economic decline and social division has called for a ‘large-scale, comprehensive, long-term and devolved’ plan of action to deliver change.