What next for procurement under Brexit?
Is now the time to set out some markers for how a future procurement regime might look post-Brexit? This was the subject debated by council chief executives and directors at a recent round table event hosted by The MJ in partnership with Marston Holdings. Sam Clayden reports.
Government guidance eases fears of out-of-borough clamp down
Fears that ministers would clamp down on councils’ abilities to invest in commercial property outside their local area have been eased by new Government guidance.
Gwynne demands Javid resignation for 'misleading' House of Commons
Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has demanded the resignation of his counterpart Sajid Javid after the minister admitted he knew the data behind the provisional finance settlement was wrong.
Children's services: Improving under pressure
A recent spate of children’s services turnarounds have provided the sector with a boost. Sam Clayden interviews Steve Walker about a partnership between high-performing Leeds City Council and struggling Kirklees MBC and the looming crisis in the sector.
Stockport to act as improvement partner for struggling neighbour
Tameside MBC councillors have been urged to form a children’s services improvement partnership with neighbouring Stockport MBC amid concerns progress in the borough has been too slow.
County deputy chief announces retirement
Leicestershire CC’s deputy chief executive has announced his retirement after 12 years at the authority.
Are we being priced out?
Public sector workers are experiencing a real-terms pay cut, while senior managers have seen their income cut dramatically in the past eight years. Sam Clayden unveils the latest pay research by Unison.
How digital innovation can aid new partnerships
With council merger, combined authority and joint management plans especially active in the South West The MJ and BT hosted a round table dinner with prominent chief executives from the region to discuss how digital innovation can help progress cross-boundary collaboration. Sam Clayden reports.
Kober to quit after Haringey regeneration dispute
Haringey LBC’s leader, Claire Kober, has announced plans to stand down from the council at the May elections following a rift within the Labour Party.
Council struggling to deliver 80% of major planned savings, auditors warn
Auditors have reported a raft of weaknesses in Redditch BC’s financial planning, raising concerns the authority will struggle to deliver more than £1m of its planned savings.
Committees launch joint inquiry on long-term care funding
A pair of Commons select committees has joined forces to launch an inquiry on the long-term funding and provision of adult social care.
Whiteman: Local government lacks cohesive whole sector leadership
Local government has been warned its inability to establish cohesive leadership and a single vision leaves it prone to the unintended consequences of Whitehall policy.
Norfolk CC is back on the march
After five years as an ‘inadequate’ authority, Norfolk CC’s children’s services have seen a turnaround. Sam Clayden speaks to top officers about its improvement journey to date and its ambitions for the future.
Failing children's services can improve without trusts, says Norfolk boss
Norfolk CC’s beleaguered children’s services have finally ditched their inadequate judgement in a move the council’s chief believes proves authorities can improve without being placed into a trust.
Children's services agenda 'in reverse' after Whitehall 'downgrade'
Prime minister Theresa May has come under fire from her own party for ‘downgrading’ the portfolio for children within the Department for Education.
Union recommends pay offer rejection
Trade union Unite has urged local government to enter ‘meaningful’ pay negotiations after recommending its members reject the 2% offer proposed by employers.
100% retention pilots 'misleading'
Smith Square’s top officials have labelled the 100% business rate pilots ‘misleading’ for failing to provide full retention of the locally-raised tax.
Fair funding: LGA unable to unify warring factions
Treasurers predict the fair funding review will be ‘disastrous’ for the sector as Smith Square fears it will be helpless to stop warring factions splitting.
Javid: Department rebrand will not change role
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has insisted that the upgrading of social care in prime minister Theresa May's reshuffle will not affect the role of his department.
Committee demands Brexit clarity for local government
The chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has demanded clarity from the Government on a raft of issues relating to Brexit.