Ann McGauran

  • Watford BC announces new MD

    17 October 2019

    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

    17 October 2019

    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

    16 October 2019

    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

    15 October 2019

    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

    15 October 2019

    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

    09 October 2019

    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

    09 October 2019

    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

    07 October 2019

    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

    04 October 2019

    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'

    01 October 2019

    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

    24 September 2019

    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

    23 September 2019

    Local authorities should formally commit to including the neighbourhood in all decision making processes, says Centre for London.


  • Beware the ‘pandemonium’ of UC

    18 September 2019

    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

    16 September 2019

    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

    11 September 2019

    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

    04 September 2019

    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

    03 September 2019

    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

    16 August 2019

    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'

    12 August 2019

    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

    06 August 2019

    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.