Home Office 'chaos' leaves thousands of illegal arrivals in 'perma-backlog'
The Government’s struggling asylum policy has heaped significant demand on cities’ housing services, experts have warned.
Regulator calls for 'substantial' planning intervention
The planning system requires ‘substantial intervention’ by the Government to ensure consistent delivery of new homes, a major study has concluded.
Thurrock boosted by £500m after sale
Thurrock Council has received £510m in payments following the sale of Toucan Energy Holdings – the firm that triggered a section 114 notice when it collapsed.
Rowley increases pressure for high-rise crackdown
Housing minister Lee Rowley has urged more councils to tackle rogue owners failing to fix problems with high-rise properties since the Grenfell tragedy.
Chiefs: Sector can afford senior pay hike
Council chiefs have insisted their pay settlement must match the award for local government staff after years in which senior wage rises have fallen behind.
Brum proposes £300m cuts
Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council will cut spending on services by £300m to balance its books.
Council probe leads officers to ‘step back’
Two senior Guildford and Waverley officers have agreed to temporarily ‘step back’ from their roles amid intensifying investigations into housing maintenance contracts.
Vote planned for first UK coastal tourism tax
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) hoteliers will vote on the introduction of a tourist tax in April as the authority withdraws direct funding amid budget pressures.
Call for greater children's services involvement in policy
Children’s services should be more involved in the policy that has led to police no longer attending non-emergency callouts, mental health experts have urged.
Rayner: We will treat councils with respect
Shadow local government secretary Angela Rayner has claimed Labour would treat councils with the ‘respect you deserve’ if the party wins the next General Election.
Further planning reforms on way, says Gove
Empty shops could be quickly converted into homes and developers given fresh incentives to build on brownfield sites under ministers’ latest plans to expedite housebuilding.
Officer warning over street votes
Senior council officers have issued a scathing response to plans for street-level planning votes – dismissing the idea as a costly and complex ‘proliferation of polls’.
Sector should adopt national branding campaign to boost workforce
Local government should adopt a national branding campaign to recruit and retain staff amid a worsening workforce crisis, the County Councils’ Network has urged.
Braintree hits out as Home Office extends use of asylum centre
Braintree DC has accused the Home Office of acting ‘against the spirit of national planning policy’ by using a Special Development Order (SDO) to extend use of a controversial asylum centre.
DLUHC claims four-day week council saw spike in agency staff
South Cambridgeshire DC’s controversial four-day week trial is under fresh scrutiny after data revealed a spike in agency work and opponents challenged costs.
Mole Valley directed not to withdraw local plan
Mole Valley DC will examine an option to build on green belt land, after housing minister Lee Rowley directed the authority not to withdraw its proposed local plan.
London Councils call for greater powers over pupil numbers
London’s boroughs want powers to direct academy schools to slash pupil numbers, after research indicated reduced demand of 8,000 school places by 2028.
Security costs exemption for election spend limits
Local government minister Simon Hoare this week confirmed key security costs for local elections will not count against agreed party and candidates’ spending limits.
Travers lands interim Southampton post
Former Barnet and Lambeth LBC chief executive Andrew Travers has returned to local government as interim CEO of Southampton City Council.
Ministers to consider royal commission plea
Ministers will consider the housing ombudsman’s call this week for an independent royal commission on social housing.