STP to ACS to ACO
Diary is used to being kept on its toes by regular acronym changes in local government – but health is even worse for shifting abbreviations.
Tower Hamlets: We're ready for elections
Tower Hamlets LBC is ready for the upcoming mayoral and local elections but chief executive Will Tuckley said he could not promise they will go ahead without any ‘incident’.
Filling the democracy void
Public services are delivered by an increasingly complex matrix of organisations in a mix of formal and informal partnerships. Jacqui McKinlay sets out the arguments for local public accounts committees to fill the local democratic deficit that has emerged.
Councillors call for children's services budget review
Buckinghamshire CC’s scrutiny committee has called for an independent review of the council’s children’s services budgets.
Bill to extend FOI to councils' private partners presented
A bill that would subject private companies that have contracts with public authorities to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act has been presented to Parliament.
Don't take away our authority over schools, Scottish councils warn
Scottish councils have warned the Scottish Government against attempts to strip them of authority over schools, in a response to a consultation on the Education Bill.
Croydon to act on missing children
Police officers will be placed inside Croydon LBC as part of an initiative designed to tackle the ‘significant number’ of children going missing from care.
Mayor defends £11 tax precept
West Midlands mayor Andy Street yesterday defended his proposal for an £11 council tax precept after it was rejected by the combined authority’s cabinet.
Committees launch joint inquiry on long-term care funding
A pair of Commons select committees has joined forces to launch an inquiry on the long-term funding and provision of adult social care.
Croydon 'on track' to improve children's services
Croydon LBC has claimed it is ‘on track’ to deliver improvements to its children’s services.
LEP moves to become 'most transparent' in England
A local enterprise partnership (LEP) that had funding restrictions slapped on it by the Government has approved transparency measures that go beyond national guidance.
Inspector arrives amid reorganisation pressure
An independent inspector today began investigating Northamptonshire CC’s precarious finances amid fresh signs MPs are pressuring the Government to reorganise the county.
After an intense series of inspections and reviews, Cllr Iain Malcolm reveals how South Tyneside MBC benefited from the opportunity for reflection, and has moved forwards as an organisation.
Councils should scrutinise LEPs, say MPs
Councils and combined authorities should be able to scrutinise Local Enterprise Partnership (LEPs), MPs have claimed.
Senior officer resigns amid ongoing council investigation
Cheshire East Council’s director of legal services has resigned four months after he was suspended amid an ongoing investigation into alleged officer conduct.
Cheshire East suspends third top officer
Cheshire East Council suspended its third senior officer yesterday, after the chief executive and head of legal services were suspended earlier this year.
York told to publish ‘buried’ services review
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ordered York City Council to publish a review of its corporate services after the council was accused of ‘burying’ the report.
Take scrutiny seriously, chief executives told
Effective scrutiny at councils depends upon the chief executive recognising it as a legitimate function, the Communities and Local Government Committee heard yesterday.
High-achieving council needs better scrutiny
Better scrutiny is needed at Windsor and Maidenhead RLBC, which is otherwise high-achieving and financially sound, a corporate peer challenge has found.
Government advises LEPs on greater transparency
Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) should publish their agendas, decisions, accounts and a rolling schedule of projects funded, a review by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has recommended.