Norfolk investment after Ombudsman criticisms
The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) today said Norfolk CC ‘failed’ two boys with special educational needs (SEN) – the 11th similar complaint upheld in the last two years.
NAO calls for 'stronger leadership' from MHCLG
The Government must improve oversight and transparency over local authorities to ensure their financial sustainability, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said.
Work to begin on new planning register
Work is being started on a new project to bring together data on planning applications from all councils across England.
Council escapes sanction despite missing deadline
Derby City Council has been given more time to tackle air pollution despite ministers warning of ‘serious consequences’ after it missed an earlier deadline.
NAO highlights weak financial plans
The number of public bodies in England with weak financial plans is ‘unacceptably high,’ the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.
Rowlands takes on top job at Camden
Camden LBC is to welcome a new chief executive and deputy to replace Mike Cooke who will step down in March.
3m still scheduled for Universal Credit, despite delays
Amber Rudd has confirmed 3m people are still scheduled to claim universal credit by 2020, despite announcing a delay in the approval of a full UC rollout.
Corby calls for delay on Northants reorganisation
Corby BC has called for the creation of new unitary authorities to be pushed back, claiming there is not enough time to reorganise Northamptonshire’s public services.
Northamptonshire reduces budget gap but still faces £11m overspend
Northamptonshire CC has moved closer to closing its budget gap, with new figures showing a £19m improvement since July.
No deal Brexit trial attracts 89 lorries
Kent CC and the Department for Transport today tested plans for managing heavy congestion in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Number of night-time hospital discharges increases
Rising numbers of elderly and vulnerable patients are being sent home from hospital at night despite calls to stop the practice, it has emerged.
Rudd delays Universal Credit rollout
Work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd has delayed the next phase of the Universal Credit (UC) rollout amid ongoing concerns over the controversial system.
'Long way to go on integration' - audit
There is still a ‘long way to go’ to achieve integrated health and social care in Scotland, an audit report has found.
Firm grabs first place
ENGIE has been named the top sustainable facilities management firm for the second time.
Extra commissioner planned for Northamptonshire
James Brokenshire is expected to appoint an extra commissioner to Northamptonshire CC after inspectors found deteriorating services were leaving vulnerable children at risk of harm.
Hope for lessons from serious case review
A serious case review is underway after a child died while in the care of Swindon Council.
Auditor: Powys failing to improve
Embattled Powys CC is still failing to improve performance standards, an annual audit report has found.
Council hits back at 'illegitimate' claim
Newham LBC has denied claims that decisions to enter into controversial high-interest loans were illegitimate.
Box faces crisis of confidence
Labour councillors in Wakefield have warned they will lose confidence in their leader Peter Box if he fails to improve children’s services.
Overspend could hit £600,000 by March
South Lakeland DC is on track to overspend more than £500,000 by next spring if no action is taken.