PAC: Government should intervene over local plans
The Government should use its ‘powers to intervene’ to ensure councils without local plans make them an urgent priority.
Councils to get £300,000 for obesity pilots
The Government has decided to award five local authorities £300,000 each to trial programmes to tackle childhood obesity.
Chief executives least likely to be privately educated
Council chief executives are among the least likely to have been privately educated compared to those working in government, media and sport, a new report has found.
Voter ID confidence drops
The proportion of people who think voter ID helps to prevent electoral fraud has dropped from 52% in 2016 to 35% in 2019, new research has found.
Court ruling defends council but warns others
A crucial Supreme Court judgment has dismissed a family’s claim against a council for housing them next to an abusive household, but stressed authorities may still have a duty of care in other circumstances.
Scottish pension fund highlights 'significant achievements'
A Scottish pension fund administered by Aberdeen City Council has posted a profit in excess of £300m over the last year.
£250bn and more devolution needed to tackle oncoming crisis
The Government needs to invest £250bn and commit to devolution if it is to tackle the jobs, housing and environmental pressures on the horizon, a group chaired by local government stalwart Lord Kerslake has argued.
Unchaining social value
A new report reveals some councils are building social value into their procurement – but that senior council decision makers must take more interest in securing broader benefits when commissioning services. Hiba Mahamadi investigates
Scottish councils need more power - think-tank
Scottish local government needs a ‘renewal,’ a think tank has urged, with directly elected mayors and complete control over council tax and business rates.
Social value should be compulsory, Lords suggest
Incorporating social value into financial decision-making should be compulsory for councils, it has been suggested in a House of Lords debate.
Chief executive and two deputies placed on 'special leave'
The chief executive and two deputy chief executives at a Lancashire authority have been asked to temporarily step down from their roles.
Experts call for revenue-boosting internet tax
Green credits and an internet transaction tax could provide valuable new revenue streams for local government, MPs have been told.
Tributes for Scottish local government giant
An instrumental figure in laying the foundations of Scotland’s Improvement Service 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.