Care home deaths drop but council chiefs still ‘seriously’ concerned
Council chiefs welcome decrease in the number of Covid-related care home deaths but warn that it is ‘seriously concerning’ that the death rate remains so high.
Council chiefs call for action to resolve £6bn Covid-19 crisis
Local authority leaders have urged the Government to provide detailed plans on how to ensure the financial stability of cash-strapped councils.
Government appoints Arup-led consortium for £3.6bn Towns Fund delivery
The engineering company Arup has been appointed to lead a consortium to help local authorities access the £3.6bn Towns Fund.
Grenfell taskforce to ‘stand down’
The Government has announced that the taskforce formed to help Kensington & Chelsea LBC respond to the Grenfell tragedy is to stand down at the end of the month.
‘Social care needs you’, retired care workers told
Council chiefs urge retired care workers to return to work in order to boost an over-stretched social care workforce in the face of the ongoing pandemic.
Glasgow seeks 1,500 voluntary redundancies
Glasgow City Council has announced that it is offering voluntary redundancies to its staff in order to reduce its wage bill in the face of heavy budgetary pressures, including a £500m equal pay bill.
Homeless families need more coronavirus protection, charity says
Families in temporary accommodation should be provided with better protection against coronavirus, a housing charity has said.
Devon CC’s children’s services criticised for ‘serious failures’
Ofsted has found ‘serious failures’ in services for young people in Devon.
Yorkshire council criticises Ofsted rating based on ‘short inspection visit’
A local authority in Yorkshire has said it is ‘disappointed’ by an Ofsted rating of its children’s social care services.
Budget 2020: £5bn emergency fund to fight coronavirus
The Government has promised to deliver a £5bn emergency fund to help manage the extra pressures the NHS and social care are facing in the wake of coronavirus.
Council leaders call for domestic abuse funding boost
Local authority leaders have welcomed the re-introduction of a Bill aimed to protect victims of domestic abuse, but called on the Government to fund services designed to prevent violence in the home.
Commission calls for action plan
A comprehensive review of economic decline and social division has called for a ‘large-scale, comprehensive, long-term and devolved’ plan of action to deliver change.
Extra cash as Government announces rough sleeping review
The Government has announced an extra £236m to help get rough sleepers off the street and will lead an ‘urgent review’ into the causes.
Jenrick announces £49bn funding package for councils
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed a multi-million pound funding package for councils in what the Government says is the ‘biggest real-terms increase in spending power in a decade’.
Next London mayor must ‘forge’ new template for devolution
London boroughs have called on the next mayor to ‘reset’ the relationship between central Government and Britain’s cities and counties.
Experts decry ‘lack of consideration’ given to social care in immigration reform
Experts have warned that the Government’s introduction of a points-based immigration system could be detrimental to an already-struggling social care system.
Barnet to appoint new pension fund
Barnet LBC is expected to approve the appointment of the West Yorkshire Pension Fund to administer its own scheme.
Council announces £4.4m for ‘significantly declined’ children’s services
Hull City Council has announced a series of measures to improve children’s services after Ofsted concluded the experiences of children in care had ‘significantly declined'.
Glasgow praised for delivering £500m equal pay claims
Scotland’s local authority watchdog has praised Glasgow City Council for successfully delivering a project to finance £500m in equal pay claims.
Blackpool Council announces 75 job losses
Blackpool Council has announced that its new budget proposals will result in 75 job losses as it seeks to close a £5m budget gap.