SOLACE

  • Hear our womanly roar

    21 February 2017

    Angered by the male-dominated agenda of a Northern Powerhouse conference, Jo Miller started a rival People's Powerhouse event in the drive for equality and fairness.


  • Rogers prepares Brum exit

    21 February 2017

    Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy had a ‘gun to his head’ before deciding to oust chief executive Mark Rogers, a source has claimed.


  • Call for IR35 delay

    20 February 2017

    Senior local government personnel have urged Whitehall to delay the introduction of strict new anti-tax avoidance rules for public sector contractors.


  • Authorities seek renewed support for child refugees

    14 February 2017

    Town halls have urged ministers to re-design government support for asylum-seeking children following the Home Office’s surprise decision to drop the Dubs Amendment.


  • We’re in this together

    08 February 2017

    The year ahead poses myriad challenges to local government. Deborah Cadman calls on leaders in the sector to support each other through these difficult times.


  • EXCLUSIVE: ‘It’s make or break time’ - annual finance survey

    08 February 2017

    Results of the latest LGiU/The MJ annual finance survey lead to stark warnings on the fiscal future of local government.


  • ‘Incentivising growth’ key to rates retention

    01 February 2017

    The challenge of moving to 100% business rates retention will be how to incentive ‘all kinds of growth,’ Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) president, Jo Miller, has said.


  • EXCLUSIVE: ‘Time to jump-start this devo revolution’ – IPPR

    01 February 2017

    Ministers have been urged to ditch their ‘bloody-mindedness’ and reboot the stalled devolution process amid a surge of faltering deals and emerging reorganisation rows.


  • Assessing the state of the state

    01 February 2017

    Jo Miller says local government must avoid the 'I'm alright Jack' attitude if we are going to realise a Britain that works for everyone with no one left behind.


  • Chief slams ‘unrealistic world’ of Ofsted probes

    18 January 2017

    A top chief executive has broken cover to warn that children’s services are ‘struggling to keep their heads above water’.


  • Chiefs warn school reforms not ‘way forward’

    16 January 2017

    Council chief executives have warned that Holyrood plans to reform the way schools are run are not ‘the way forward for Scottish education’.


  • Reimagining health and social care

    10 January 2017

    Prevention, innovation and integration have been touted as the route to relieving social care pressures, but an overhaul of leadership and governance is also vital. Mark Rogers outlines his proposals for transforming the health and care system.


  • ‘Beef up wellbeing boards to aid health and care policy’

    10 January 2017

    Powers should be devolved to ‘beefed up’ health and wellbeing boards to bolster and consolidate leadership and governance, the former president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) has argued.


  • Joining up the broken places

    13 December 2016

    Despite reducing numbers, the costs in Calderdale are escalating, with external placement costs being driven higher by market pressures, Merren McRae discovered


  • Councils ‘powerless’ to stem hospital admissions

    13 December 2016

    Councils do not have the capacity to deal with NHS measures to reduce hospital admissions, the former president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives has warned.


  • Law relaxed to meet need for more secure children’s places

    13 December 2016

    Spiralling demand and dwindling supply has forced the Government to try to relax the law to allow English and Welsh councils to place vulnerable children in Scotland.


  • Care fears ahead of finance settlement

    13 December 2016

    Chief executives have warned ministers against using council tax to fund social care, as a survey reveals fresh concerns about the financial pressures services face.


  • Tinlin to retire next year

    06 December 2016

    Southend Council chief executive Rob Tinlin has announced plans to retire in March 2017.


  • Future Forum North: 'Absolute prize' is fiscal devolution

    01 December 2016

    Liverpool City Council’s chief executive Ged Fitzgerald has urged his colleagues to remember the ‘absolute prize’ is fiscal devolution.


  • Autumn Statement: No respite for council coffers

    23 November 2016

    Chancellor Philip Hammond has unveiled an Autumn Statement which has given no real respite to local authority finances.