Tributes for Scottish local government giant
An instrumental figure in laying the foundations of Scotland’s Improvement Service (IS) has died.
EXCLUSIVE: Sunak to rule on default tier split
Ministers been asked to set out a ‘national default position’ on the distribution of business rates between county and district councils after 75% retention, The MJ has learnt.
MPs: Government not willing to innovate on high streets problem
The Government is not willing to make the changes necessary to help businesses revitalise high streets across the country, a select committee has said.
NAO: Government must do more to ensure LEP value for money
The Government has been reprimanded for not doing enough to ensure billions of pounds given to local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) are delivering value for money.
Surrey to pause out-of-county purchases
Surrey CC has paused making property purchases outside the county amid ongoing furore that councils are taking on too much risk by developing extensive portfolios.
Spending Review should put aside £3bn for children's services - MPs
The Government needs to release at least £3bn of non-ring-fenced funding to local authorities to save children’s services from the ‘crisis’ they are in, MPs have said.
Voter ID plans slammed as 'undemocratic'
Mandatory voter ID requirements will seriously damage democracy, the Electoral Reform Society has warned again ahead of the local elections this week.
Social care should be funded centrally, says MP
Social care should be delivered locally but funded nationally, a new report has suggested.
Government misses self-imposed Easter reorganisation deadline
Preparations for local government reorganisation in Northamptonshire are moving ahead despite councils continuing to wait for a formal Government decision.
Councils in fresh NHS warning
The Local Government Association (LGA) has issued a fresh warning that the NHS must not forget councils as it embarks on its Long Term Plan.
Council loses director in less than a year
A senior officer at Bury MBC has resigned less than a year after joining the authority.
Council takes strong action against resident harassment
A council chief executive has issued a strong warning to residents who attempt to harass staff and members.
'Productivity deals' with big business needed to jump-start local economies
Councils should strike ‘productivity deals’ with the biggest businesses in their region to ensure residents benefit from private sector growth, a new report urged today.
LGA urges chiefs to challenge children's services directors
Chief executives should confront directors to ensure children’s services are well delivered, fresh guidance published by the Local Government Association (LGA) has suggested.
Council vows to challenge Government's data sharing rules
A Scottish council has vowed to challenge the Government’s restrictive rules on information sharing with local authorities.
Call for regulator to manage increasing commercial activity
A code to guarantee the soundness of the sector’s plans as commercial activity gathers momentum has now become necessary, a new report has suggested.
Wales launches 'resident-focused' council tax reforms
Council tax debtors in Wales will no longer be at risk of imprisonment as part of a new initiative to encourage councils to take a more ‘resident-focused’ approach to debt.
Commissioner appointed to Blackpool
An Essex CC director has been drafted in as a commissioner to oversee Blackpool Council’s children’s services after an Ofsted report last year found it was ‘inadequate’.
MPs launch missing children inquiry
MPs have today launched an inquiry into the increasing number of children being placed in homes out of their boroughs.
Bexley selects Jackie Belton as new chief
Bexley LBC has recommended Jackie Belton, formerly at Lambeth LBC, is appointed to the role of chief executive.