Ann McGauran

  • Many Tower Hamlets' businesses not well enough prepared for 'no deal'

    14 February 2019

    There has been insufficient planning for a ‘no deal’ scenario among many businesses in Tower Hamlets, a new report has revealed.

  • NILGA: Give councils the power to change Northern Ireland

    11 February 2019

    The Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) has called for the role of councils to be formally reviewed and strengthened after the elections in May, giving greater decision making powers to local people and places.

  • Making the most of our assets

    06 February 2019

    Incoming chief executive of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council Graham Farrant thinks his new job to deliver a ‘really modern leading local authority’ is the best one available in local government right now, as Ann McGauran reports

  • Mets feeling deprived over funding formula

    06 February 2019

    Can the sector reach a consensus on the weighting given to deprivation in the fair funding formula? Ann McGauran examines the local government reaction

  • Spending report attacks 'unambitious' ministry

    06 February 2019

    Marsham Street has ‘an unacceptable lack of ambition’ for local government –  with no aspiration for improving finances beyond merely ‘coping’, according to a scathing Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report.

  • Balancing children’s outcomes

    23 January 2019

    As pressures on children’s services budgets rise, London boroughs battle with balancing the books and keeping children safe. Ann McGauran reports on an MJ/Newton round table debate on the issues facing the chief executives of London councils

  • Met councils' chair says proposed changes to funding formula 'grossly unfair'

    21 January 2019

    The chair of the Special Interest Group of Metropolitan Authorities (SIGOMA)  has written to James Brokenshire complaining  about ‘grossly unfair’ and ‘illogical’  proposed changes to the fair funding formula.

  • Female empowerment is in need of a boost

    16 January 2019

    Women are under-represented in local government leadership roles and the West Midlands is behind the rest of the UK. Ann McGauran examines how this imbalance can be rectified

  • Onwards and upwards

    16 January 2019

    Ann McGauran looks at the potential implications of a further empowered North of England, as suggested by Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry

  • NLGN welcomes minister's support for devolving tax-raising powers

    14 January 2019

    Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry’s support for devolving tax-raising powers to the regional level has been welcomed by the New Local Government Network (NLGN).

  • FoI and the hidden side of safeguarding

    08 January 2019

    FOI responses show more than half of the councils approached had reported incidents in the last three years of staff not following safeguarding guidance. But context is crucial to understanding what the data may be saying

  • Cracking the code

    08 January 2019

    The complexity of the budgetary challenges faced by English councils has raised the alarm within the sector about its ability to resist future financial shocks. Will CIPFA's new resilience index help? Ann McGauran reports

  • Councils 'ripped off' by £1bn bill for temporary housing

    02 January 2019

    Councils spent almost £1bn on temporary accommodation in 2017/18, according to analysis by homeless charity Shelter and the Guardian. This is a rise of 71% in just five years from £584m in 2012/13, with London councils spending the most overall.

  • Rotherham to raise council tax on empty homes

    18 December 2018

    Rotherham MBC’s cabinet has agreed to changes which mean homes left vacant for more than 10 years will be expected to pay three times the usual bill. Homeowners who leave properties empty for five years would see their council tax bill double.

  • City leaders want more say on key post-Brexit policies

    05 December 2018

    City leaders are ambitious to take on more responsibility but Westminster politicians’ focus on Brexit means their needs are not being adequately represented nationally, says new research.

  • Partnering up for care solutions

    28 November 2018

    Health and social care workers are thin on the ground, so will a new digital tool aimed at making it easier to recruit them make a vital difference? Ann McGauran finds out

  • Digital exclusion is London’s challenge

    28 November 2018

    Exclusive: A new survey of London councillors shows digital exclusion is seen as their biggest challenge – and suggests there is some way to go before most residents fully trust public sector bodies to handle data securely. Ann McGauran reports

  • Opportunities for the brave lie ahead

    28 November 2018

    How can local authorities best harness the talents of their future workforce – and could councils be replaced by entirely new sorts of organisations? Ann McGauran reports on a recent round table debate hosted by Penna considering the big questions

  • EXCLUSIVE: Top 10 most productive councils revealed

    22 November 2018

    ‘Fetishising failure’ distracts increasingly scarce management time away from improving outcomes, according to a new report naming the top 10 most productive councils in England.

  • Social Care Green Paper should provide a platform for radical reform, says LGA

    07 November 2018

    The Adult Social Care Green Paper must tackle the issue of funding and should provide a platform for radical reform, according to the deputy chief executive of the Local Government Association (LGA).