Committing to youth wellbeing
Councils are being ‘forced to divert the limited funding they have left away from preventative work. But with levels of knife crime rising, will the Government put more money into targeted youth services responses? Ann McGauran reports
Don’t let children’s services become ‘black box’ of council
Chief executive Merran McRae has warned her colleagues not to let 'insular' children’s services become the 'black box' of their council.
Austerity 'could end at the Spending Review'
There is a ‘genuine chance’ austerity will end at the Spending Review, according to upbeat director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Paul Johnson.
A system ‘that’s failing children and young people’
What lies behind the upward trend in the number of youngsters being moved to live a long way from home, and what can be done to keep more of them in their own communities? Ann McGauran reports.
Mental health problems lead to more sick days at Newcastle City Council
Stress and mental health issues are causing an increase in sick days taken by staff at Newcastle City Council, according to new figures.
The beginning of the end of homelessness in Scotland?
Housing First has become the default approach to taking on homelessness in Glasgow. Ann McGauran talks to Douglas Gibson about how Scotland is ramping up delivery of the programme.
Fighting back against homelessness
A year ago the Local Government Homelessness Commission (LGHC) was launched by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU). Ann McGauran looks at what evidence it uncovered and what recommendations are likely to emerge.
The gentrification problem
With the capital facing a complex list of housing challenges, the recent London Housing Conference brought the public and private sectors together to share perspectives and work towards solutions. How did they get on? Ann McGauran reports
‘We want something totally transformational’
A new book from Nesta brings together knowledge on innovatation. One process is the 100 Day Challenge. Ann McGauran outlines how this has been useful in bringing about system change in Essex.
Reading is ‘ahead of the game’ on BIDS
Reading’s second Business Improvement District is believed to be the first one in a town uniquely aimed at a business area.
A charter to tackle County Lines
Islington LBC’s first report on the local implementaton of the Charter Against Modern Slavery shows it has led to progress in earlier identification of children at risk of exploitation through County Lines. Ann McGauran reports
Modern slavery referrals rocket
Referrals of potential victims of modern slavery made by councils have soared tenfold in five years, new figures have shown.
Hungry kids and foodbanks could become 'normal'
Children arriving at school hungry and families queuing up at foodbanks ‘could become part of the wallpaper’ of everyday life, the president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has warned.
EXCLUSIVE: Government must 'step up' on adult social care
The council ranked the best at delivering most for the money it spends on adult social care has called on the Government to ‘step up’.
Interserve announces details of its rescue plan
Outsourcing specialist Interserve has announced details of the proposed rescue plan it has agreed with its lenders.
Rebooting the relationship
The transfer of public health responsibilities to councils has been a success, say sector experts interviewed for an independent report commissioned by the County Councils’ Network. But health stakeholders are not so positive.
MPs should implement PM's Brexit deal for now, says Labour leader of Barnsley MBC
Labour leader of Barnsley MBC, Sir Steve Houghton, has called on MPs to implement the Prime Minister's Brexit deal for now - with a further referendum to be held in five years' time.
Budgeting for a level playing field
A new report looks at how budgeting to promote equality between men and women is gaining ground beyond the UK. Ann McGauran asks how much progress is being made in Scotland and England.
Many Tower Hamlets' businesses not well enough prepared for 'no deal'
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
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.