• Complaints’ outcomes are open for all of us to shape

    06 August 2021

    This summer’s snapshot of complaints trends paints a ‘fascinating picture’, says local government and social care ombudsman Michael King.

  • What we will need from the leaders of the future?

    02 August 2021

    There are increasing challenges in filling senior positions across the public sector including local government, says Graeme McDonald. We must make the environment safe for open communication about challenges, concerns and opportunities, he adds.

  • Doing the right thing

    02 August 2021

    Dan Corry says the ‘slow crumbling of standards may not matter if people overall like the government of the day and feel it is delivering for them’ – but it feels like something quite important is in danger of breaking in the system.

  • Councils must lead the way in raising standards across social housing

    29 June 2021

    The Social Housing White Paper should be welcomed as a chance to renew council housing’s purpose of providing people with the highest possible standard of living, say Jamie Carswell and Joanne Drew.

  • Pressure grows for tougher sanctions on councillors

    11 June 2021

    Thousands have signed a petition for disqualifications and suspensions as the Government prepares a consultation on the issue.

  • Liverpool puts forward improvement plan

    12 May 2021

    Liverpool City Council has drafted an improvement plan and letter in response to the Caller report, which called for an intervention in the city.

  • Getting the basics right on standards

    05 May 2021

    Joanne Roney says it is ‘high time’ the Government responded to the recommendations in the 2019 Committee for Standards in Public Life’s report on ethical standards in local government.

  • The case for virtual meetings

    27 April 2021

    Jackie Weaver – star of Handforth Parish Council’s viral meeting – argues the case for stepping out of the dark ages and allowing councils to hold their meetings online.

  • Jenrick steps in at 'dysfunctional' Liverpool

    24 March 2021

    Commissioners will be sent in to Liverpool City Council after an independent inquiry found serious mismanagement and a dysfunctional culture, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has told Parliament.

  • LGA code of conduct 'unlikely to gain traction'

    23 February 2021

    The Local Government Association’s model code of conduct is ‘unlikely to gain any traction across the sector’ because of the lack of sanctions breaches attract, council chief executives have warned Whitehall.

  • Failing to act on audit invites intervention, says Whiteman

    09 February 2021

    A failure to act on the Redmond review could lead to more Government intervention, finance chief Rob Whiteman has told MPs.

  • Fresh calls for standards code sanctions

    26 January 2021

    Fresh calls for meaningful sanctions on badly behaving councillors were made this week after the Local Government Association (LGA) unanimously approved a model code of conduct.

  • Calling a halt to sinking standards

    25 January 2021

    It is two years since the Committee for Standards in Public Life (CSPL) published its report, Local Government Ethical Standards. But the Government ‘has yet to respond or seemingly start work on implementing recommendations’, says Graeme McDonald.

  • Liverpool mayor steps down amid police probe

    10 December 2020

    Liverpool City Mayor Joe Anderson has stepped down from his post following his arrest last week.

  • MHCLG demands updates after Liverpool mayor arrest

    08 December 2020

    Government officials have written to the chief executive of Liverpool City Council demanding updates on its governance after the arrest of the city’s mayor last week.

  • Liverpool mayor believed to be one of five arrested in police investigation

    04 December 2020

    Liverpool City Council Mayor Joe Anderson is believed to be one of five people arrested as part of an ‘ongoing investigation’, local newspaper reports have claimed.

  • Solace president steps down as South Tyneside chief

    30 September 2020

    Solace president Martin Swales has stepped down as chief executive of South Tyneside Council, after ten years in post.

  • The LGA ‘can and should do better’ on standards

    29 September 2020

    The Local Government Association’s draft member code of conduct does not include an independent mechanism for holding councillors to account, says Donald Graham.

  • LGA code of conduct under fire

    20 August 2020

    A model code of conduct for councillors put forward by the Local Government Association (LGA) lacks teeth, according to bodies representing officers.

  • Committee bemoans 18-month delay to report response

    24 July 2020

    The Committee on Standards in Public Life has scolded ministers for taking 18 months to respond to its report on ethical standards in local government.