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.
Union calls for more contracts scrutiny
The Government should extend the remit of the National Audit Office or create a new regulator to compile and evaluate all public sector contracts, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has urged.
Cheshire East: Investigation committee chair steps down
The chair of the committee that suspended three top officers at Cheshire East Council last year has been asked to step down.
Child abuse: Rochdale was 'careless' and 'wholly inadequate', inquiry finds
Rochdale MBC’s response to reports of child sexual abuse was ‘careless’ and ‘wholly inadequate’ between the 1960s and 1990s, a damning review by an independent inquiry has found.
Government orders councils to cease fortnightly publications
The Government has directed Hackney and Waltham Forest LBCs to cease publication of their fortnightly newspapers and publish no more than quarterly.
Government announces business rates review
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced a review of the business rates system will be led by Andrew Hudson.
Don't delay intervention, Northants tells Javid
Northamptonshire CC has asked for commissioners to be sent into the council as soon as possible, three weeks after communities secretary Sajid Javid announced plans of an intervention.
Telford to launch independent inquiry
Telford & Wrekin Council will launch an independent inquiry into historic and current child sexual exploitation, after the proposals received unanimous support in an emergency full council meeting last night.
White Van Man on ... council tax
My local council hasn’t put up its council tax in years. Don’t ask me what it’s done with all these expensive old people. Must all be in beds in sheds.
York terminates £9m Interserve contract
York City Council has terminated a £9m contract with Interserve to redevelop the historic Guildhall after it judged the firm’s cost estimates to be too high.
Edinburgh lashes out at partner managing schools
Edinburgh City Council’s chief executive has lashed out at a partner for failing to address safety concerns two years after schools in the city were gripped with fear about faulty construction.
Interserve agrees refinancing deal
Struggling infrastructure firm Interserve has reached a refinancing agreement with lenders, five months after it announced a massive profit warning.
Universal Credit rollout in Wales pushed back for some
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has pushed back the rollout of Universal Credit in 13 Welsh local authority areas from this summer to December.