Are reports of the death of PFI an exaggeration?
Critics initially welcomed the announcement of the end of controversial PFI schemes. But central government and councils may continue to draw up contracts which use private finance-style mechanisms. Hiba Mahamadi asks what could lie ahead.
Redefining the rules about resettlement
Andy Burnham threatened to pull Greater Manchester out of the asylum resettlement scheme - igniting the debate about refugee dispersal. But forcing councils to take on more families without more funding will make the problem worse, says the sector.
‘Living wills are not enough on their own’
The post-Carillion move by the Government to get outsourcing companies to draw up ‘living wills’ to protect services has been generally welcomed by the sector – but concerns remain, according to Hiba Mahamadi
Doing it for themselves
Leaders from across the North may have rated last week’s meeting with the Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry as a positive one - but the region is focusing now on ‘what we can do ourselves to make a real difference’. Hiba Mahamadi reports
Lancashire CC to face 'difficult decisions'
Lancashire CC will have to make some ‘difficult decisions’ over the next few months to ensure that it remains financially viable, auditors have concluded.
EXCLUSIVE: Cross-party councillors call to end funding uncertainty
Councillors from across the political spectrum have demanded the Government provide funding certainty ahead of the Budget next week.
New data proves iBCF impact
More than two out of three English councils were able to increase home care provision as a result of the Improved Better Care Fund, according to new data.
Reform council tax or lose our support, Greens tell SNP
Without any progress on council tax reform the Greens will vote down the upcoming Scottish budget, the party’s co-convener has warned.
North Somerset to benefit from new chief's 30-years experience
Gloucestershire CC’s director of finance, Jo Walker, will leave behind her 30-year career at the authority when she joins North Somerset Council as its new chief executive next year.
Leaders in talks over East Anglia deal revival
Norfolk CC has been in talks with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) over a potential revival of a regional devolution deal, the council’s leader has revealed.
Youth service progress at risk of being undone
Cuts to the youth services grant risk undoing the success of council teams, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
Act soon or we'll lose £1bn, LGA tells Government
Nearly £1bn earmarked for local investment will be lost if the Government does not act soon, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.
Preventing another tragedy
The report on the Grenfell Tower fire proposes establishing a joint competent authority, comprising local authority building standards, fire and rescue authorities and the Health and Safety Executive, to manage safety risks in high-rise tower blocks. Hiba Mahamadi reports on its powers to ensure future building safety.
County considers closer collaboration with NHS
Lancashire CC is considering closer collaboration with the NHS to avoid duplicating service provision and to cut costs.
New chief executive for Bury
Manchester City Council’s deputy chief executive, Geoff Little, will move to Bury MBC to take up the top role in August.
Councils asked to review cyber-security preparedness
Councils across the country have been called on to share information about their cyber security resilience so that a support plan for local government can be implemented this autumn.
Government fully backing health and care integration
The Government is fully backing the integration of health and social care, a policy lead at the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has insisted.
Welsh social services funding gap to triple by 2020
The funding gap in Welsh social services will jump by a whopping three-and-a half times by 2020/21, the Welsh Local Government Association has warned.
Grenfell: Refurbishment turned fire-resistant building into flammable one
Kensington & Chelsea RLBC has come under pressure once more after a leaked report blamed a low-grade refurbishment for the deadly blaze that killed 71 people.
Chief executive confident in councils' contract management skills
Worcestershire CC’s new chief executive, Paul Robinson, has dismissed claims that local authorities do not have the skills to manage private finance initiative (PFI) contracts.