Future Forum North: Leading change needs emotional literacy
Leaders need to be equipped with emotional literacy in order to lead change, The MJ’s Future Forum North event has heard.
Future Forum North: 'Robots will not replace humans'
Robots will not replace humans in the workplace and offices will continue to exist, The MJ’s Future Forum North event has heard.
NILGA in pre-election powers and resources call
Northern Ireland’s Parliamentary candidates have been urged to prioritise granting greater powers and resources to councils ahead of next week’s General Election.
Treasurer concern at isolation of audit reviews
Council treasurers have expressed concerns that two consultations on the future of audit are being carried out in isolation, The MJ understands.
Council spending powers to be restored to 2010 levels under Labour
Labour would ‘reverse the Tory decade of austerity for local government’ and aim to restore council spending powers to 2010 levels by 2024 if elected.
Dark and cold threat to winter poll
Election officials have complained after Scrooge-like officials told them they would need to explain their use of additional heating and lighting despite the winter poll.
Lib Dems to 'end continual erosion' of council funding
Lib Dems would ‘end the continual erosion’ of local government funding if they win power at the General Election, the party’s manifesto has pledged.
Fielding suggests return to revenue support grant
The president of the Society of County Treasurers, Gary Fielding, has suggested local government should continue to be funded by a revenue support grant.
Sheffield blames austerity for planning proposals
Sheffield City Council has blamed austerity for proposals to cut the number of officers in its planning department.
A vote for change
Local government calls for ‘radical change’ and ‘genuine devolution’ increased this week as political parties prepared to unveil their General Election manifestos.
EXCLUSIVE: Fears over 'watered down' committee replacement
Fears have been raised that the UK will be landed with a ‘watered-down replacement’ for the EU Committee of the Regions after Brexit.
Health leaders in fresh social care warning
Health leaders have warned that the persistent neglect of social care is damaging patient care across the NHS.
Labour proposes BT public ownership plan
BT would be partly taken back into public ownership under Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to nationalise the UK’s broadband network.
Temporary accommodation spending costs councils £1bn a year
Councils spent £1.1bn on temporary accommodation for homeless households between April 2018 and March 2019, new Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government figures have shown.
Peer review proposal for pensions
The Local Government Association peer review programme could be expanded to include council pension schemes, a new report has suggested.
CIPFA in further property investment crackdown
The prudential code has been further clarified to ‘ensure that responsible decisions are made with transparency and financial sustainability in mind’.
Delayed audit council names kept under wraps
The 150 councils where auditors were unable to issue an opinion by the end of September are expected to escape being named and shamed.
'No evidence' of sexist culture despite chief's claims
No evidence of a culture of sexism has been found at Stratford-on-Avon DC following claims by an outgoing chief.
Councils help Doncaster after sandbags plea
Councils clubbed together after desperate Doncaster MBC put out an urgent request for 20,000 sandbags amid warnings that communities could become cut off by flooding.
EXCLUSIVE: Ministers in fresh LEP overlap threat
Ministers have again threatened to withhold funding from local enterprise partnerships (LEP) that fail to remove overlapping boundaries, The MJ has learnt.