Mark Conrad

  • Welfare support has 'collapsed' for many

    19 September 2018

    One in six top-tier councils are not providing vital welfare services devolved to them just as the sector’s budget cuts hit hard.


  • The day the music died

    19 September 2018

    Fans of the Brum-based reggae stars UB40 once complained that the bass vibration at one gig was so loud it was ‘altering heart rhythms’.


  • Auditors launch governance and accountability inquiry

    18 September 2018

    Whitehall’s watchdog has launched an investigation into local government governance and accountability that will be delivered to MPs next year.


  • Liverpool latest to deliver Universal Credit warning

    18 September 2018

    Thousands of residents in Liverpool will be forced into a ‘downward spiral of debt and destitution’ after the rollout of Universal Credit (UC), senior figures in the city have warned.


  • Brum to implement bin strike deal

    17 September 2018

    Beleaguered Birmingham City Council is finally expected to implement the deal that ended an acrimonious bin strike – four months behind schedule.


  • Fresh calls for Right to Buy suspension

    13 September 2018

    A housing body has renewed calls for ministers to suspend the Right to Buy (RTB) programme amid further evidence that councils cannot replace stock quickly enough.


  • Tackling the threat of terror together

    11 September 2018

    Mark Conrad recently attended Prevent Strategy Channel Panel training and witnessed the wide range of dilemmas facing frontline staff tackling radicalisation and terror threats.


  • Council leader faces opposition to chief executive choice

    11 September 2018

    Lancashire CC’s leader is seeking to push through his preferred candidate for chief executive in the face of criticism from the Labour opposition.


  • Unions in Brexit funding plea

    11 September 2018

    Councils should not bear the financial burden of registering 120,000 children who qualify for UK citizenship after Brexit, Britain’s trade union movement has warned.


  • Frontline staff 'still wary of Prevent'

    11 September 2018

    Frontline local authority staff are still wary of Prevent strategy training amid fears they could be viewed as extensions of the security services, practitioners have told The MJ.


  • COSLA backs school libraries plan

    10 September 2018

    The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has endorsed a new school libraries strategy.


  • Councillors welcome delay to Labour democracy review

    10 September 2018

    Councillors have welcomed a Labour Party decision to postpone the local government side of its democracy review amid concerns that some proposals were ‘completely unworkable’.


  • Councils urged to clamp down on radical speakers

    06 September 2018

    Councils will be expected to ensure venues and resources they own do not provide a platform for extremists, a new Prevent strategy toolkit issued by the Home Office has urged.


  • Auditors warn councils over debt chasing

    06 September 2018

    Funding pressures in local government could mean councils are pursuing debt repayments ‘too quickly and too aggressively,’ a report by national auditors suggested today.


  • Councils reveal emergency savings plans

    04 September 2018

    Two more councils have announced emergency savings plans as counties struggle to balance their books.


  • Javid intensifies child sexual abuse response

    03 September 2018

    Home secretary Sajid Javid has said he will not tolerate ‘no-go areas’ or ‘cultural sensitivities’ as he intensifies the UK’s response to child sexual abuse.


  • Council £6m investment to boost income

    03 September 2018

    West Lindsey DC’s property investments have reached £14m with the purchase of a £6m site in Gainsborough – the authority’s biggest deal to date.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Crunch time for municipal bonds

    23 August 2018

    The struggling Municipal Bonds Agency has pleaded for councils to ‘pull behind us’ amid warnings it could run out of money before issuing a bond.


  • £1bn housing scheme fails to invest

    21 August 2018

    The housing sector’s changing ‘regulatory and funding backdrop’ has been blamed for the failure of a £1bn scheme to invest in a single project.


  • Council accounts held up by LOBO challenge

    21 August 2018

    Auditors have delayed a full opinion on Weymouth and Portland BC’s finances pending the outcome of a High Court challenge against Barclays.