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Kensington & Chelsea RLBC has downplayed expected changes to its senior councillors after a petition with more than 1,500 signatures demanded the entire cabinet quit.

Javid holds out olive branch to the sector

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has held out an olive branch to local government in the aftermath of his disastrous speech to the Local Government Association conference speech last week.

Council chiefs urged to 'seize the day'

Local authorities should ‘seize the day’ to secure inward investment for their areas, a former Government adviser has urged.

Public sector pay cap remains in force

The Government has held firm in the face of pressure for it to ease-up on below inflation pay awards for public servants.

Councils in business rates information ‘black hole’

Councils that use Civica software may not be able to provide business rates relief promised by the chancellor in March’s Budget until August, The MJ understands.

Surrey chief McNulty steps down

Surrey CC chief executive David McNulty will retire at the end of September after eight years with the council.

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Innovation is the key to success

Councils need greater freedom to innovate, if they are to deliver the very best services for local people, says James Morris.

Hundreds of jobs axed in wake of Rok failure

Further repercussions from the collapse of a major social housing firm were felt this week, as hundreds more jobs were axed, while councils were warned to consider the provision of asset-management services.

Ofsted rules Coventry's children's services 'inadequate'

Schools regulator Ofsted brands Coventry City Council’s children’s services 'inadequat'e in the aftermath of the death of four-year old Daniel Pelka.