Number of Dubs scheme children to rise
The total number of children resettled under the Dubs scheme by councils will rise to 480, the Home Office has confirmed.
Adults with learning disabilities work comes under scrutiny
Councils must do more to measure outcomes and improvements to quality of life for adults with learning disabilities, MPs have urged.
DCLG’s Royal appointment
The country is currently in the chaotic grip of General Election and Brexit fever. But there is one event that would surely blow these out of the water - the death of the Queen.
Doomed to success?
The snap election has shunted full business rates retention into the sidings. But does the sector now face delay or abandonment of what had been slated as the biggest revolution in local government finance for generations? Jonathan Werran reports.
‘Delay rollout of 100% rates retention by at least a year’
The rollout of 100% business rates retention should be pushed back by at least a year, the chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has urged.
Warning over ‘proxy vote’ as elections clash
The local elections could be turned into a ‘proxy vote on party politics and Brexit’ by the General Election weeks later, a think-tank boss has warned.
‘Give NI councils powers to do their jobs’
Northern Irish councils should be given the ‘power and the resources to do the job’ while Stormont’s political parties continue to row, a key figure in the province has argued.
LGA ‘like a dysfunctional 1970s council’
The Local Government Association (LGA) is like a ‘dysfunctional 1970s council,’ according to its chairman, Lord Porter.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Silly’ orders hindering key information sharing
Councils are struggling to share key information with NHS trusts and Whitehall because guidance on secure email is being interpreted in a ‘silly’ fashion, The MJ has learned.
No 10 accused of halting unitary plans over backbench rebellion fear
The Government’s wafer-thin majority frightened prime minister Theresa May away from approving plans to create two new unitary authorities in Dorset, The MJ has been told.
UC becoming a ‘scandalous waste’ claims SOLACE chief
The implementation of Universal Credit (UC) is ‘nothing short of a scandal,’ the president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives has argued.
EXCLUSIVE: Diversity gap plaguing sector leadership roles
Chief executives have been urged to embrace diversity after exclusive research revealed fears that women and minority groups were continuing to hit a glass ceiling.
Whitehall holding up public estate plans
Local authorities will have helped create 25,000 new homes by 2020 as part of a Whitehall programme to make more efficient use of public buildings, auditors have confirmed.
Universal local services 'hardest hit' by cuts
Local government will soon spend just half of what central government pays out for public services, new research has revealed.
Pickles to stand down as MP
Former communities secretary Sir Eric Pickles has announced he is standing down as MP for Brentwood and Ongar after 25 years.
Casey to leave government after two decades
Senior civil servant Dame Louise Casey has announced she will be leaving government in the summer after an 18-year Whitehall career.
Blue sky thinking
The ongoing battle over council boundaries is likely to be put on the back burner for a while after the calling of a General Election.
4 Wheel Drive Woman on . . . the General Election
No Tarquin, a snap election doesn’t mean it is exactly the same as last time.
Something to build on
Key figures talk to Heather Jameson about the impact the Industrial Strategy will have on national growth, with local government poised to take centre stage.
The Government must give major projects the green light
Local government must be among those pushing the Government to ensure nationally significant.