• System reset required: go to settings

    21 July 2021

    As the APSE Local Government Commission 2030 launches its findings, Paul O’Brien says we need a big bang reset to resolve the issues facing local authorities.

  • Government asks CIPFA to review eight councils

    01 July 2021

    Eight councils granted ‘exceptional support’ from the Government are to undergo independent reviews of their finances.

  • Time to ditch the Assembly

    30 June 2021

    After 21 years, Richard Stokoe argues that the London Assembly is failing in its duty to hold the Mayor of London to account. Borough leaders, he claims, would make a better replacement.

  • Nottingham set to bring energy company in-house

    17 June 2021

    Nottingham City Council is expected to bring the company that provides district heating and electricity to some of its most deprived local communities in-house for an estimated transfer cost of £500,000.

  • Sharpening the commercial edge

    16 June 2021

    The case for well-managed council commercial activity is one that needs to be defended if we want a mature and sustainable local state, argues Jonathan Werran.

  • Northants commissioners in ‘hubris’ warning

    04 June 2021

    Councils have been warned against falling victim to ‘hubris’ in the same manner as Northamptonshire CC.

  • Thanet facing £700k legal bill

    02 June 2021

    Cash-strapped Thanet DC is facing legal costs of more than £700,000 as it grapples with disciplinary and grievance procedures.

  • Playing the NOC game

    19 May 2021

    The 2021 local elections have resulted in more councils under no overall control. While uncertainty may be in play, understanding the ground rules of the new arrangements will lessen the chance of instability, says Ed Hammond.

  • Getting the basics right on standards

    05 May 2021

    Joanne Roney says it is ‘high time’ the Government responded to the recommendations in the 2019 Committee for Standards in Public Life’s report on ethical standards in local government.

  • Admit when you’re wrong

    20 April 2021

    If we know less and less about successes and failures because we allow denial of the truth and a refusal to admit mistakes, then we will be a weaker society for it, says Dan Corry.

  • Departed chief had threatened tribunal

    20 April 2021

    York City Council was facing a potentially costly employment tribunal over allegations of bullying from its former chief executive before her departure, an investigation has found.

  • Council to review Greensill land sale

    19 April 2021

    Cheshire West & Chester Council has halted the sale of land to Lex Greensill following controversy over his lobbying of government ministers.

  • Campaign launched to reverse centralisation

    16 April 2021

    Local government must ‘turn the tide’ on 40 years in which its autonomy has been eroded, a new report has concluded.

  • Now is the time to retain remote meetings

    15 April 2021

    Parliamentary time was found for flags and statues, says Cllr Brigid Jones. For virtual meetings ‘I’m sure the safety of 20,000 councillors can’t be much further down the priority list’, she adds.

  • How to help statutory officers do their duties

    13 April 2021

    Clare Hardy looks at how councils can involve statutory officers effectively in decision-making and help avoid the need to issue section 5 or section 114 reports.

  • A philosophy of complaints

    13 April 2021

    Nick Graham looks at whether ‘honour cultures’ might teach us more effective methods of resolving disputes – and outlines practical ways to foster an honour-based approach.

  • Good luck Liverpool

    08 April 2021

    Intervention can be the best thing that happens to a council, ‘and can serve only to define the past not the future’, says Jo Miller. But the cause of the failure must be recognised and the right series of actions taken, she believes.

  • Meet the new breed of sustainable bonds

    08 April 2021

    UK local authorities are well placed to access the capital markets through Envrionmental, Social and Governance bonds, and the range of projects they can fund is vast, says Christian Wall.

  • Liverpool Labour and the wider party should never have let this happen

    06 April 2021

    After Max Caller's 'shocking' report on Liverpool City Council, Labour needs to make a case for good governance, and let go of its centralising tendencies, says Emma Burnell.

  • Liverpool looks to the future

    30 March 2021

    Chief executive of Liverpool City Council Tony Reeves talks to Heather Jameson about the damning Caller report that followed the arrest of former Mayor Joe Anderson, and insists the council is addressing its weaknesses.