Aidan Rave: Local government is unbreakable
Aidan Rave battled through several turbulent years at Doncaster MBC as a senior politician more than a decade ago. Now, reinvented as a council chief executive, he urges the sector to stop carping at the Government and get on with the job. Sam Clayden reports.
Northern Ireland devo claims
Further devolution to Northern Irish councils is dependent on the restoration of a devolved government, a Cabinet minister has suggested.
Borrowing questions remain as PM hosts housing summit
Prime Minister Theresa May this week convened developers, building firms and local government representatives to discuss how to fix the country’s ‘broken’ housing market.
Porter optimistic following Number 10 housing meeting
Lord Porter described the Prime Minister’s housing summit this week as ‘one of the most positive’ he has ever had.
Disrupting the housing market
Localis’ latest housing report calls for a bigger role for local authorities in housebuilding, but also demands they play their part. Sam Clayden reports.
Reports call for councils to have bigger stake in housebuilding
Two major reports today called on the Government to resource and empower councils to build homes.
Delayed transfer punishments 'frankly bizarre'
The country’s most senior care director has rebuked attempts to penalise cash-strapped councils over delayed transfers of care (DTOC).
Winter is coming – but don’t overlook the other pressures
Raise the profile of social work, cut out the arguments with health and stop getting sidetracked by the ever looming winter pressures, says Margaret Willcox as she speaks to Sam Clayden ahead of the National Children and Adult Services Conference.
Willcox: Focus on delayed transfers is short-sighted
The emphasis on delayed transfers of care (DTOC) and looming winter pressures is ‘short-sighted’ and arguments with the NHS are a ‘waste of time,’ a senior social care director has warned.
LG Challenge: The leading light
After being crowned winner of the LG Challenge, Denise Blair speaks to Sam Clayden about the competition, her aspirations and elephants.
Councils can’t rely on reorganisation
Authorities in Dorset, which have been poised for a decision on their proposal to replace the nine councils with two unitaries for months, met with communities secretary Sajid Javid last week.
Selbie: To convene and influence is the USP of local government
Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie believes local government has a unique role in convening and leading places to tackle mental ill health. Sam Clayden reports.
Leader vows to end decade-old equal pay dispute
Glasgow City Council’s leader has promised to end ‘years of pay injustice’ at the council and settle the thousands of claims of mostly low-paid women workers.
Austerity driving up thresholds for children's services
Thresholds for vulnerable children seeking care are creeping up, flying in the face of efforts to act early, social workers have warned.
DCLG ‘light-touch’ fuels homeless rise
Soaring homelessness levels have been described as a ‘national scandal’ after auditors warned ministers were failing to evaluate the impact of their reforms.
What went wrong in Rotherham
Sam Clayden analyses the findings of six independent investigations delving into alleged failures at Rotherham MBC at the height of the child sexual exploitation scandal.
Rotherham MBC 'did not investigate' alleged removal of CSE files
Rotherham MBC failed to investigate claims of stolen files and deleted computer records relating to child sexual exploitation (CSE) at the height of the scandal, an independent investigation has found.
Sector told to boost reserves
Local authorities are increasingly dipping into their reserves to plug funding gaps – something the Government continues to celebrate. But the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s chief executive warns the sector to ignore central government and speak out. Sam Clayden reports.
Fresh calls made for overhaul of children’s services
An expert has called for a comprehensive shakeup of children’s services amid fears councils will increasingly be ‘picking up the pieces of troubled young lives’.
‘Ignore’ Whitehall calls to raid reserves, says CIPFA
Councils have been urged to stand up to the communities secretary over their use of reserves and ‘ignore the inaccurate messages’ from his department.