Westminster offers advice to EU nationals
Westminster City Council will spend £50,000 next year on advice and support for the 30,000 European Union nationals it hosts.
Hammond urged to overturn rates rise
Business lobby groups are urging chancellor Philip Hammond to overturn an ‘unconscionable’ 3.9% rise in business rates in his budget later this month.
Fresh inquiry over business rates
The Communities and Local Government Committee has launched a fresh inquiry into the implementation of 100% retention of business rates.
UK cities ‘need housing and transport strategies’
UK cities are becoming more prosperous but success comes with a price tag of less affordable housing and longer commutes, according to research by PwC and Demos.
Hammersmith & Fulham appoint interim chief exec to permanent role
Interim chief executive Kim Dero has won the race for the top job at Hammersmith & Fulham LBC as the borough sets out ‘reinventing what local government means’.
Former Welsh local government minister Carl Sargeant found dead
Former Welsh local government minister Carl Sargeant was found dead at his home today, four days after the Labour Party suspended him pending an investigation into allegations about his behaviour.
Edinburgh launches consultation on care cuts
Edinburgh City Council is set to consult on cuts to its health and social care and community safety services in 2018/19 after a mid-year report revealed shortfalls in the delivery of planned savings.
Brum welcomes landmark DoLs judgement
The Court of Appeal has ruled that parents can sometimes consent on behalf of their 16 and 17 year old children to care arrangements that would otherwise be a deprivation of liberty.
London borough wins injunction against unlawful campsites
The High Court has issued an injunction banning 23 named defendants and ‘persons unknown’ from setting up unlawful campsites and fly-tipping.
Leaders call for Brexit 'city deal'
More than 30 urban leaders have called for a Brexit ‘city deal’ that recognises their role in promoting growth.
IFS warns of public pay risk to borrowing targets
The political cost of the 1% public sector pay cap is amongst the many pressures threatening chancellor Philip Hammond’s borrowing targets ahead of next month’s budget, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).
Dump stamp duty for a mansion tax, says think tank
The government should create a new council tax band for the most expensive homes to fund the abolition of stamp duty, according to the Adam Smith Institute.
Are two roles too many?
After a report into failings at Kirklees blamed the director’s duties at ADCS, Chris Mahony looks at the benefits of association roles for chief officers.
Key council vote on management overhaul
Lancashire CC’s cabinet is to vote today on a controversial new senior management structure that could force the departure of chief executive Jo Turton.
Barnsley and Doncaster to walk away from South Yorkshire deal
Barnsley and Doncaster MBCs have scuppered the election of a South Yorkshire elected mayor next year and have demanded a Yorkshire-wide devolution deal.
Former diplomat replaces Tambini
Ex-diplomat and Treasury adviser Daniel Mouawad has taken up the post of Spelthorne BC chief executive following the departure of Roberto Tambini after 11 years.
Government confirms transitional funding could continue
Whitehall’s transitional funding arrangements could continue into 2019/20, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has revealed.
Independent CIC criticised by auditors - reports
Internal auditors in Warrington have reportedly criticised an independent community interest company (CIC) over the construction of a £19m leisure centre.
School powers transfer ‘threat to local democracy’
The Scottish Government’s plans to transfer responsibility for school improvement to new regional bodies threaten to undermine local democracy, a senior Labour councillor has claimed.
Basildon heads for ‘collaborative’ management structure
Basildon DC has taken further steps towards a more ‘collaborative’ management structure following the departure of the former chief executive last month.