Watford BC announces new MD
The current deputy chief executive at Mendip DC Donna Nolan is to take on the role of MD at Watford BC.
Nearly £100m in overpaid benefits owed to Manchester local authorities
Residents owed Greater Manchester’s councils nearly £100m in overpaid benefits at the end of 2018/19, according to the latest Government figures.
Wirral’s cabinet is set to go as Labour lose key vote
Wirral MBC is legally obliged to abolish its leader and cabinet model and adopt a committee system by May 2020, following a town hall vote.
Kent’s very own powerhouse
Cllr Paul Carter has stepped down as leader of Kent CC. Now he plans to apply his energies to local care and the vocational agenda, including apprenticeships. Ann McGauran reports
Councils urged to get behind The World's Big Sleep Out
Dame Louise Casey has called on councils to support a ‘unique, historical campaign’ to sustainably help around one million homeless and displaced people locally and globally.
NILGA’s no-deal dilemma
Karen Smyth explains how Northern Ireland’s local councils are playing a pivotal role in helping their communities get ready for whatever Brexit outcome lies ahead. Ann McGauran reports.
Growing a city the holistic way
Chief executive of Belfast City Council Suzanne Wylie talks to Ann McGauran about the ambitious 20-year place-shaping community plan, prioritising inclusive growth, the Brexit factor, and more.
Universal Credit rollout 'should be halted', says Tower Hamlets' Mayor
The Mayor of Tower Hamlets LBC John Biggs says the roll-out of Universal Credit ‘should be halted’ following its discovery of more than 700 underpayments and overpayments in just 18 months.
Intervene early to prevent homelessness
Preventing homelessness in later life could mean talking to primary school children about the issue as a matter of routine, according to the Homeless Network.
NI senior policy officer warns of 'perfect storm'
The difficulties facing councils and their communities in Northern Ireland are ‘turning into a perfect storm ahead’ according to a senior local government policy officer representing all 11 councils.
Easing the homeless crisis
Ann McGauran reports on the alarming rise in homelessness and what local authorities are doing to mitigate its effects.
It’s time to reboot localism, says think tank
Local authorities should formally commit to including the neighbourhood in all decision making processes, says Centre for London.
Beware the ‘pandemonium’ of UC
It’s all change – again – at the top of the Department for Work and Pensions. But where does the departure of Amber Rudd leave the beleaguered Universal Credit policy? Ann McGauran reports
Best and worst authorities for inclusive growth revealed
Healthy life expectancy varies within the UK by as much as it does between here and Sudan, according to a new index ranking local and combined authorities on inclusive growth.
Putting community at the heart of decision-making
Cllr Jonathan Slater and James Lee talk to Ann McGauran about Lewisham LBC’s Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy strategy, and what makes it unique.
Preventing the EU’s workforce exodus
What could the implications of a no-deal Brexit - if it happens - be for the already beleaguered adult social care system? Ann McGauran talks to Julie Ogley, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, about the key risks.
Elderly people 'could die' in the event of a no-deal Brexit
A no-deal Brexit, if it happens, could result in the deaths of elderly people, according to the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Lib Dem group leader.
Two local government pension funds record total deficits of £14.5m
A local government pension scheme pool has reported net retirement benefit deficits this year totalling £14.5m across two funds.
Council chief says protest 'was not in any way aimed at people of Indian heritage'
The chief executive of Luton BC Robin Porter has said he is reassured a march in the town following heightened tensions in Kashmir ‘was organised out of genuine concern for the people living in the area’.
Taking the next steps
Cllr David Williams steps into the role of new chairman of the County Councils’ Network in September. Ann McGauran talks to him about his priorities and plans.