London Councils appoints new director
Piali Das Gupta has been announced as a new strategy director at the organisation.
Census concerns mount ahead of publication date
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has attempted to ease local government anxiety over the accuracy of the first data from the 2021 census due out next week.
Renters’ reforms will need strong local enforcement
The measures set out in the White Paper have the potential to secure far-reaching reforms and a dramatic leap in standards in the private rented sector, says Cllr Darren Rodwell.
‘Skyrocketing inflation’ driving £400m budget pressures in London
Inflation is driving hundreds of millions of pounds of additional budget pressures on local government in London, the capital’s council leaders have warned.
Call for national 'civic service'
London Councils’ chair has called for the introduction of a national ‘civic service’ so everyone in communities can play a part in their transformation.
Government to bailout more councils over SEND
The Government is in talks to expand its programme of bailing out under-pressure councils to wipe out their special educational needs (SEND) deficits.
Alarm bells ring over scrapping of housing rule
The Government risks ‘drastically undermining’ London’s ambitions to boost affordable housebuilding and tackle homelessness in the capital, a senior councillor has warned.
Council tax reform call as budgets passed
A senior sector figure has called for council tax reform as local authorities continued to pass their budgets for 2022-23 amid concerns about their medium-term financial sustainability.
London's councils are actively pursuing gender parity
As International Women’s Day 2022 approaches, it’s timely to reflect the progress being made as well as the challenges, barriers and biases still being faced by women in the workplace, says Alison Griffin.
Now is the time for London councils to step up to the plate on integration
Councils must seize the day if they’re to make the most of the opportunity to deliver life-changing integration with the NHS in London, says Cllr Danny Thorpe.
Johnson ending COVID restrictions 'too early'
Councils in England have said national moves to drop COVID-19 restrictions and support are being made too quickly.
Huge pressures facing transport for children with special educational needs
London Councils is calling on the Government to provide urgent funding to match the increase in demand and costs in special educational needs transport services, says Cllr Damian White.
National industrial action prospects over pay fade
A nationally-coordinated wave of industrial action over this year’s pay claim looks increasingly unlikely as the outcome of trade union ballots emerged.
EXCLUSIVE: NAO to consider early intervention report
The National Audit Office (NAO) is to consider a report on early intervention and prevention after lobbying from the sector, The MJ understands.
This is a pivotal moment for ending rough sleeping
The next phase of the pandemic presents a new challenge to rise to – ensuring that we seize every opportunity to end rough sleeping for good, says chief executive of London Councils Alison Griffin.
London chiefs in mass exodus
London is facing a mass exodus of its council chief executives with nearly half of the boroughs set to be searching for a new chief.
Chancellor’s ‘age of optimism’ doesn’t ring true for council finances
The Spending Review did not bring funding back to anything like 2010 levels and London boroughs are left facing £400m losses over the next two years, says Cllr Darren Rodwell.
Councils hit by fund's admin burden
Frustrated councils are bracing themselves for an administration headache as they work out how to dole out the Government’s £500m household support fund.
Councils offer almost 1,000 properties in Afghan asylum drive
Councils have offered almost 1,000 properties to support the resettlement and relocation of Afghan citizens and their families, the latest figures have shown.
Plugging the net zero funding gap
The UK Climate Change Investment Commission is developing a radical place-based offer to private finance, says Alison Griffin - and it estimates in the core cities and London boroughs alone there is potential for up to £500m worth of investment.