NLGN study highlights concerns over air quality
Unitaries are much less likely than Metropolitan councils and London boroughs to consider taking action on air quality as ‘extremely or very important’, the latest quarterly NLGN leadership index survey has found.
Better reform for better lives
Social care is being addressed as a priority in Number 10. President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Julie Ogley talks to Ann McGauran about what she hopes will emerge.
£12m cash boost for council care workers
A council plans to put an extra £12m in the hands of its 30,000 care workers by adding two per cent to its council tax.
Rooted in the real world
Director of the New Local Government Network, Adam Lent, talks to Ann McGauran about the impact made by the think-tank during his three years of leadership and the next steps for empowering communities.
Reorganisation in Somerset would 'cut waste and save money'
A single, unitary authority for Somerset would deliver a predicted saving of £35-£47m, according to research released today.
LPGS Scotland is in a 'strong financial position’
The first formal review of the 15 funds in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Scotland has concluded that it is in a strong position overall.
Kirklees favours bringing thousands of council properties back in-house
Kirklees MBC is favouring the option of returning thousands of council homes to the management of the local authority.
Chancellor's claim on homelessness 'beggars belief'
The chancellor’s claim that homelessness has reduced by almost half since 2008 ‘absolutely beggars belief,’ the Government’s former homelessness tsar has said.
The year that was
It’s been a year notable for things that never were – the Spending Review, social care Green Paper, devolution framework or, indeed, Brexit. But proof emerged that most male councillors are actually called John.
EXCLUSIVE: LGA to provide vision to solve social care crisis
Local government will put forward its vision of a reformed social care funding system to the next Prime Minister following criticism of parties’ election policies.
Future Forum North: 'It's councils and councillors who are trusted to shape local places'
With less than a week left before the General Election, the chief executive of the Local Government Association (LGA) has highlighted ‘it’s councils and councillors who are trusted to shape what goes on locally’.
Future Forum North: ‘Lead for the place you are trying to create’
Chief executive of Manchester City Council and SOLACE spokesperson on leadership and learning Joanne Roney has set out a checklist for leading in a time of change and uncertainty.
Future Forum North: Health and care devo has been 'a good thing' for Greater Manchester
The Greater Manchester health partnership gave Tameside the' air cover' to save £88m while reducing demand and 'creating a virtuous investment model'.
'Safe places' needed in Greater Manchester to divert youth from violent crime
Communities in Greater Manchester feel there is an urgent need to create safe places and strong relationships to divert young people from violent crime, new research has found.
Quotas call for UASC transfers
Each local authority should have a quota for the number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) they accept via the National Transfer Scheme (NTS), says the former leader of Kent CC.
Britain's poorest tenants risk homelessness due to private rents gap
Shortfalls between private rental levels and the allowances received by Britain’s poorest tenants are putting households at risk of homelessness, according to housing charity Shelter.
‘Ten years or life’
New research aims to understand the drivers of recent hikes in violent crime involving young people in Greater Manchester as perpetrators and victims – and has come up with insights and recommendations. Ann McGauran reports.
Steep rise in unaccompanied children aged 14-17 seeking asylum
The latest statistics released by the Home Office reveal a sharp annual rise in the number of asylum applications lodged in the UK by unaccompanied children aged 14-17.
Right to buy hinders housing, claims Houghton
Right to buy is ‘the biggest thing that gets in the way’ of council housebuilding and the policy should be scrapped, according to the chair of the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities (SIGOMA).
‘We are arguing about a system that’s just flawed’
Sir Steve Houghton talks to Ann McGauran about the funding challenges faced by metropolitan districts and urban unitary authorities – and what the next Government needs to deliver to the ‘hardest-hit’ places.