Newham to improve financial management after £9m fraud allegations
The mayor of Newham has announced plans to form a commission to advise the council on how to ‘become a beacon of good practice’ in its financial management.
Councils to save £90,000 by sharing top staff
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough councils have announced plans to share more of their top personnel in order to make efficiency savings.
Councils approve planning applications at ‘fastest rate’ in a decade
Local authorities are approving planning applications at their fastest rate in over a decade, a homelessness charity has revealed.
Leicestershire CC recovers £5m loan from struggling Northants
Leicestershire County Council has recovered its £5m loan to cash-strapped Northamptonshire after concerns the latter would not be able to repay the money.
Essex councils warn of problems with rehousing London’s homeless
Essex council leaders have written to London council leaders highlighting concerns over homeless people from the capital being rehoused in the county.
Councils back £1bn boost to tackle recycling
Council chiefs have welcomed the Government’s new waste plans, which aims to encourage businesses and manufacturers to use easily recyclable packaging.
Nottinghamshire CC abandons reorganisation plan
Nottinghamshire CC has dropped its reorganisation plans, which the leadership had hoped would save the authority millions of pounds each year.
Council fined £27,000 over Legionella case
A district council has pleaded guilty to a health and safety breach after a leisure centre customer contracted Legionnaire’s Disease.
Call for PPP 'reset'
A strong leadership role from local government is essential for ensuring the success of regeneration schemes involving the public and private sector, a new report has argued.
Spending freeze for Shropshire Council
Staff at Shropshire Council have been told they must work from home one day a month as the authority introduces a spending freeze.
More than 1,000 children referred to social services every day
Nearly 400,000 children in England were referred and assessed as in need of social services support in 2017/18, according to the latest figures.
Multi-million pound North of Tyne devolution deal signed
A devolution deal for the North of Tyne region has been approved in what the Government describes as an ‘unprecedented’ transfer of power from Westminster.
Region 'thrilled' to host Channel 4's new headquarters
Regional leaders have expressed their delight that Channel 4 has chosen Leeds to be the home of its new national headquarters.
More than £3bn a year needed to reverse public health cuts
More than £3bn a year is needed to reverse the impact of Government cuts to public health services, according to an independent health charity.
‘Lessons have been learned’ after child abuse case, council insists
Kirklees MBC has insisted ‘lessons have been learned’ in the wake of what has been described as a seven-year campaign of rape and abuse in Huddersfield.
Whitehall must develop 10-year social care plan - MPs
The Government must detail a costed 10-year plan to help shore up the struggling social care system, MPs have said.
Virgin Care awarded contract to deliver Lancashire health services
Virgin Care has been identified as the preferred bidder for the delivery of 0-19 public health services in Lancashire after a legal challenge forced a reevaluation of the bid.
Whitehall must spend £19bn annually to end austerity
Theresa May’s promise to bring an ‘end to austerity’ is incompatible with the chancellor’s aim of balancing the books by the mid-2020s, financial experts have said.
Health and care inspection regime leaves ‘room for improvement’
The new health and care inspection regime is a ‘significant improvement’ on the previous system, but there is room for improvement, concludes landmark report.
Northern Powerhouse experiences ‘building boom’
Northern cities are leading a British ‘building boom’, according to a new study on where and in which sectors development is taking place.