A tough balancing act for councils
Managing and mitigating the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on local communities poses a huge challenge for councils, but it’s one they’ve been planning for. Naomi Larsson reports.
Councils step up coronavirus response
Local authorities across the country have stepped up their response to coronavirus as the number of cases continues to rise.
Reorganisation fears overshadow devolution talks
Concerns over local government reorganisation are marring devolution talks in the north-west.
Row over York chief departure
A row has erupted over the departure of York City Council’s chief executive.
SEND system 'not working as well as it should' - top civil servant
The reformed system for supporting children with special and educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is ‘not working as well as it should,’ senior civil servants have admitted.
Scottish ministers hit out at UK austerity
Scottish ministers have blamed UK austerity measures for the financial difficulties facing councils north of the border.
AI could save councils £500,000
Artificial intelligence (AI) technology could save local authorities £500,000 in the next 12 months, a survey of UK councils has found.
Union estimates 500,000 post-Brexit care staffing gap
The UK could face a social care staffing gap of almost 500,000 workers due to the Government’s new immigration policy, the union representing care workers has warned.
'Voter ID could disenfranchise certain sections of community'
Forcing voter ID could disenfranchise certain sections of the community, a House of Lords select committee has heard.
Government must confront social care staffing crisis 'head on'
The Government should confront the social care staffing crisis head on if they are to pursue immigration reform, the director of research and economics at The Health Foundation charity has said.
Children's boss leaves after damning Ofsted
Middlesbrough Council's children’s services boss has stepped down following a damning report exposing serious and widespread failures across the board.
Government advisers to be sent into council
The Welsh Government will send specialist advisers to Merthyr Tydfil CBC after a review found a ‘debilitating lack of capacity and resilience’ throughout the council.
Improved efficiency saves hundreds of millions
London boroughs have saved almost half a billion pounds in adult social care by improving efficiency, a report has revealed.
Committee in council confidence risk warning
Confidence in councils to provide vital services is at risk of being damaged, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has said in a damning report released today.
Future of work survey to inform thinking
Local government workers have been invited to take part in a new survey on the future of work.
Promising findings from social work pilots
Devolving budgets to frontline workers to directly support families could reduce the likelihood of children going into care, pilots have found.
Pickles: Fraud can change council control
There are still weaknesses in the running of local elections, a House of Lords select committee has heard.
Calls for new PM to make council funding 'immediate domestic priority'
Calls have been made for the next Prime Minister to make council funding his 'immediate domestic priority' after Boris Johnson won the Conservative Party leadership contest.
Government: Brum no longer requires children's commissioner
Birmingham City Council no longer requires a Government-appointed commissioner to run its children’s services, the Department for Education (DfE) had announced.
Barnsley 'high performing' despite austerity
Barnsley MBC is ‘high performing’ despite its long battle with austerity, a peer review by the Local Government Association (LGA) has found.