EXCLUSIVE: Councils deplore Government guidance after Grenfell
The Government’s guidance on fire safety after the Grenfell Tower fire has been ‘mediocre,’ ‘contradictory,’ ‘disjointed’ or non-existent, councils have said in response to a Labour survey.
Northampton appoints new chief executive
Northampton BC’s permanent chief executive role has been filled by a Shropshire Council veteran.
Galliford Try will raise £150m to compensate for Carillion's loss
Construction company Galliford Try has announced it plans to raise £150m to compensate for the loss of Carillion in a major project in Aberdeenshire.
Fix your funding formula, metro mayors tell Theresa May
Four metro mayors have written directly to Prime Minister Theresa May to protest about being sidelined in the Government’s latest housing investment round in favour of London and the south-east.
Unison calls for windfall tax on PFI corporations
Trade union Unison has backed a Labour MP’s call for a windfall tax on private companies delivering public services.
More powers needed to unlock land for housing - LGA
Councils should be allowed to charge developers full council tax where land is left after securing planning permission, the Local Government Association (LGA) has argued.
Scotland: Government underestimated childcare funds
The Scottish Government has severely underestimated the money councils will need to fund the planned increased provision of childcare, the Accounts Commission has warned.
Sector-led improvement for critical Powys
Powys CC needs ‘significant’ support from the Welsh Government and the Welsh Local Government Association to ensure sustainable improvement, a critical report has concluded.
Sadiq Khan: Government must pay for fire safety work on privately-owned blocks
London’s mayor has called upon the Government to pay for remedial work on privately-owned tower blocks in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire.
High Court backs Haringey's joint venture with Lendlease
The High Court has ruled in favour of Haringey LBC’s controversial regeneration plans with private developer Lendlease.
£10m for Welsh councils to manage social care pressures
Councils in Wales will be given £10m to manage social care winter pressures, the Welsh Government has confirmed.
Welsh Government moves ahead with vacant land tax
The Welsh Government has decided to move forward with proposals for a vacant land tax to encourage regeneration and tackle the housing crisis.
Government denies going soft on town hall pravdas
The Government has denied claims it has retreated from clamping down on council newspapers.
Service provision is healthy but not sustainable, warns report
Scottish councils will find it difficult to provide services at their current level, new data published by the Improvement Service has predicted.
Not enough integration between housing for older people and social care, MPs warn
Local authorities need to recognise the importance of quality housing for older people and the ‘massive’ impact it has on health and care budgets, MPs have warned.
Haringey wins litigation over controversial housing plans
The High Court has ruled in favour of Haringey LBC over the controversial Haringey Development Vehicle, which saw council leader Claire Kober announce her resignation last month.
Children's services to be slashed over coming year, new research reveals
More than 50% of councils analysed in new research plan to cut spending on children’s services over the next year.
Tower Hamlets: We're ready for elections
Tower Hamlets LBC is ready for the upcoming mayoral and local elections but chief executive Will Tuckley said he could not promise they will go ahead without any ‘incident’.
Government fostering report calls for councils to work with agencies
Collaboration between local authorities and the private sector would improve foster care for children, a new Government report has suggested.
Willmott Dixon awarded Rochdale's £80m regen contract
Construction company Willmott Dixon has been awarded an £80m contract to deliver the final part of Rochdale MBC’s £250m flagship regeneration scheme.