Northamptonshire intervention bolsters sector's credit quality
Local government’s high credit quality has been bolstered by the Government’s intervention at Northamptonshire, an expert has said.
Bailey to oversee management review at North Somerset
An ex-chief executive of Islington LBC, Local Partnerships and consultancy iMPOWER has been appointed interim boss and head of paid service at North Somerset Council.
Auditor attacks Northamptonshire reporting
Financial reporting at Northamptonshire CC was too ‘vague’ and lacked crucial detail prior to the county’s Section 114 notice, a new audit report has revealed.
Children's services blow for new chiefs
Surrey CC’s children’s services are still inadequate, according to Ofsted – three years after they received the same grade.
Top team support demand rising
Demand for top team support has been increasing and is expected to rise further after next month’s local government elections, The MJ has learned.
Pushing for equality
Wigan MBC’s chief executive, Donna Hall, discusses her council’s positive gender pay gap.
Council rejects strong leader model suggestion
Knowsley MBC councillors have ‘little appetite’ to change the authority’s governance arrangements despite Local Government Association peers urging them to consider a strong leader model.
'Positive shift in morale and culture' at inadequate council
Ofsted inspectors have reported a ‘positive shift in the morale and culture’ of Worcestershire CC’s workforce just over a year after it was rated inadequate.
Further deterioration of Sandwell's children's services
Sandwell MBC has failed to improve its Ofsted rating for children’s social care and is still managing ‘inadequate’ services.
Pensions expert backs London CIV
A pensions expert has backed the principles behind the London Collective Investment Vehicle (CIV) after it appeared to run into difficulties.
Councils overhaul management teams
Plymouth City Council and West Lindsey DC have announced significant management overhauls.
Profit predictions beat expectations at Interserve
Construction and support services provider Interserve expects its 2018 operating profit to be ahead of current market expectations.
Peers call for ICT improvement at council
‘Rapid improvements’ need to be made to New Forest DC’s information and communications technology (ICT), a corporate peer challenge has stressed.
Deal to end Brum bin strike
Birmingham City Council’s long-running dispute with union Unite appears to be over after the sides brokered a deal protecting pay while modernising waste management roles.
Call for Gloucestershire CC to 'get its act together'
Opposition councillors have said the Tory administration at Gloucestershire CC ‘needs to get its act together’ after Ofsted’s first monitoring visit since an inadequate judgement.
We're still growing; and so will you
Graeme McDonald looks ahead to the SOLACE conference and highlights the organisation's continued commitment to development and transformation.
Surrendering control can drive success
Mark Andrews argues councils should be less wedded to professional backgrounds in senior roles as he explains how empowering staff, rather than exerting greater control over them, allows for innovation to flourish.
Ofsted: More to do to improve Birmingham's children's services
Birmingham City Council has ‘further work’ to do to improve its children’s services, an Ofsted monitoring visit has found.
Gavin Jones: We must become learning organisations
Kicking off a series of articles, Gavin Jones argues the increasingly complex world challenges the prevailing ways councils work and think. The sector must now adapt.
Martin Reeves: What I learned from my time as a twin hatter
Reflecting on his time leading the West Midlands Combined Authority, Martin Reeves reveals what he learned about trust, identity and leadership.