Further improvement needed at Tower Hamlets
Tower Hamlets LBC has sustained improvements to its children’s services but faces ‘significant challenges’ to achieve the good Ofsted rating it has targeted by 2019.
Rotherham wins back more control
Rotherham MBC has won back democratic control of all functions apart from children’s social care, the Government has confirmed.
Met heads fresh probe into Tower Hamlets
The Metropolitan Police has started a fresh investigation into allegations of electoral fraud and malpractice in the 2014 Tower Hamlets mayoral election.
Tower Hamlets handed back control
The Government has withdrawn its commissioners from Tower Hamlets LBC, handing full control back to the council.
Police accused of 'major failings' in Tower Hamlets probe
Members of the London Assembly have accused the police of ‘major failings’ in their investigation of electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets.
Committee to examine scrutiny concerns
An influential MP has urged councillors and officers to contact his select committee about any concerns they have over local government’s overview and scrutiny regime.
Javid returns grant powers to Tower Hamlets
Sajid Javid has returned the power to award grants to community groups to Tower Hamlets LBC.
Javid eyes up further hand back of powers to Tower Hamlets
Sajid Javid has announced plans to return certain powers back to Tower Hamlets LBC.
Intervention uncertainty 'could hamper scrutiny'
The Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) refusal to disclose how many councils are receiving ‘extra attention’ from Whitehall – short of an intervention – could hinder effective sector scrutiny, an influential MP has warned.
Whitehall has no plans for further interventions
The Government has insisted it has no plans to launch further interventions after sending in commissioners to Rotherham MBC and Tower Hamlets LBC.
Met ‘fails to tackle election fraud at Tower Hamlets’
Tower Hamlets commissioners have expressed their disappointment at the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) failure to tackle election fraud in the borough.
Calls for fundamental elections rethink
Electoral administrators have called for a ‘root and branch review’ of the system after back-to-back polls in May and June pushed them to the limit.
A towering challenge
Tower Hamlets is a borough of enormous wealth nestled next to extreme deprivation. Chief executive Will Tuckley tells Heather Jameson how he is navigating the council’s demanding needs and the government intervention
Councils must learn from interventions
Local authorities must learn from the imposition of commissioners in Tower Hamlets and Rotherham, a select committee has warned.
Pickles in ID for voters call
The electoral system in Britain needs widespread reforms to crack down on corruption and fraud, a report from Sir Eric Pickles has warned.
Call to review home school rules
Luton Council will call for a review of home education regulations in a letter to the Government amid concerns about child safeguarding.
'Several' councils on Whitehall watch list
After claiming success in Tower Hamlets and Rotherham, local government minister Marcus Jones has failed to rule out further Whitehall intervention in failing authorities, admitting ‘several’ were on the department’s watch list.
Tower Hamlets’ commissioners ‘didn’t deliver value for money’
The commissioners appointed to overturn mass failings within Tower Hamlets LBC did not achieve value for money, the council’s mayor has suggested.
Returning powers to Tower Hamlets and Rotherham
Clive Betts explains a new inquiry into the effectiveness of government interventions in Tower Hamlets LBC and Rotherham MBC
Government intervention inquiry launched
An inquiry into the government interventions at Tower Hamlets LBC and Rotherham MBC has been launched.