City leaders want more say on key post-Brexit policies
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
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
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
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
‘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
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).
SENDing a message to government
With two councils awaiting the outcomes of judicial reviews into their plans to cut back spending on SEND services and a possible legal challenge for central government, Ann McGauran asks if more cash will be found to deal with 'a sense of crisis'
Councils await outcomes of SEND judicial reviews
Councils are awaiting the outcomes of judicial reviews into plans to reduce spending on children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
High costs holding back adulthood social mobility in London
The core cities are generally failing to match London’s performance on overall social mobility but the capital scores poorly during the adulthood life stage, reports Ann McGauran
Three NI councils agree to work towards a Growth Deal
Three councils in Northern Ireland have confirmed their intent to work towards a deal to boost economic growth.
Budget 2018: Rates cut for high street
Business rates for small high street retailers in England will be cut by one-third over the next two years, the chancellor Philip Hammond has announced.
Ann McGauran reveals the findings of a report that shows England’s local authorities still have some distance to go before their leadership teams truly reflect their local populations.
A sticking plaster on social care?
Health secretary Matt Hancock’s social care cash announcement at the Conservative Party conference was overshadowed by the Prime Minister’s housing announcements, but Ann McGauran asks if it goes far enough
Bradley praises council efforts in 'challenging landscape'
Northern Ireland’s secretary of state today emphasised her commitment to restoring devolution and praised the effort made by local government in drawing up City Deals.
Hull City Council leadership praised in peer challenge report
Hull City Council has been told it is a ‘hugely ambitious’ organisation with top-quality leadership and a strong sense of place.
Hopes rise for Belfast 'City Deal'
Belfast has submitted its proposals for a ‘City Deal’ worth more than £1bn to Chancellor Philip Hammond ahead of the Budget.
Council support for carers 'crucial'
Healthwatch UK’s report into social care is a ‘valuable contribution’ to the debate about its importance, according to president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Glen Garrod
Adult social care is 'single largest problem facing local government' - DCN
The adult social care crisis is the ‘single largest problem facing local government services and their financial sustainability’, according to the District Councils’ Network (DCN).