Rayner to go ‘further and faster’ on devolution
Shadow local government secretary Angela Rayner has promised to go ‘further and faster’ on devolution if elected to Government.
More areas get level four devolution powers
West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and the Liverpool city region will all receive level four devolved powers, local government secretary Michael Gove has announced.
Government agrees £2.5bn of capitalisation directions
A total of 19 councils have agreed in-principle capitalisation directions worth almost £2.5bn with the Government.
Government expected to grant £54m capitalisation direction to Havering
Havering LBC has staved off the threat of a section 114 notice after the Government said it was minded to grant its request for a £54m capitalisation direction.
National care service overhaul fails to charm councils
Councils in Scotland remain unconvinced by proposals to create a national care service.
Warnings over job cuts repercussions
Councils embarking on mass job cuts have been warned it will have grave repercussions for the senior managers of the future.
The first cuts are the deepest
Sector experts talk to Martin Ford about the effects of job cuts on councils’ resilience, the impact of austerity on the number of leadership positions and the downsides of ‘super’ directorates.
Councils face new era of austerity
Local government could be left to shoulder the burden of public sector cuts in a new age of austerity, experts have warned.
Fresh wave of devolution could reduce regional inequalities, says report
An overhaul of the local government system and a fresh wave of devolution have been put forward as solutions to regional inequalities in a report.
New chief to take over at Nuneaton and Bedworth
Nuneaton and Bedworth BC has named Tom Shardlow as its new chief executive.
New Local chief announces departure
Adam Lent is to leave the think-tank in May.
Council rejects tax freeze offer
Argyll and Bute Council has become the first to reject the Scottish Government’s council tax freeze.
Nottingham commissioners appointed
Commissioners have been appointed at Nottingham City Council amid Government concerns at the authority’s pace of recovery.
Tower Hamlets faces Best Value inspection
A Best Value inspection is to take place at Tower Hamlets LBC, the Government has announced.
Council delays four-day week decision
South Cambridgeshire DC’s decision on whether to permanently adopt a four-day week has been put on hold as it awaits the Government’s next move.
MPs question Oflog independence
MPs have questioned whether the Office for Local Government’s (Oflog) work can be ‘truly independent’ as it prepares to begin council visits this summer.
Getting the house in order
Martin Ford speaks to sector experts about what is fuelling the risks of Housing Revenue Accounts going into deficit and what action could be taken to reduce the burdens on councils.
Voter ID legal challenge launched
A legal challenge has been mounted against the Government over voter ID requirements for elections.
Plymouth told to 'hold its nerve' on budget
Plymouth City Council’s budget for the forthcoming year hinges on a request to the Government for a capitalisation direction.
Cheshire East seeks £18m capitalisation direction
Cheshire East Council has become the latest council to approach the Government for ‘exceptional financial support’ in a bid to avoid a section 114 notice.