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Homelessness

Gatekeeping continuing despite new homelessness act, MPs told Subscription

24 April, 2019 By

While most councils have entered into ‘spirit’ of Homelessness Reduction Act, some are taking it too literally

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Government and NHS England in row over public health paySubscription

24 April, 2019 By Dave West

A row has broken out between the government and NHS England over £50m funding for pay of public heath staff employed by the NHS. 

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£1bn homelessness funding gap a 'matter of life and death'Subscription

24 April, 2019 By

Nine years of government cuts have left local services for single homeless people with a staggering £1bn a year funding gap

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Most would not benefit from care costs cap, research findsSubscription

24 April, 2019 By

Proposed caps on adult social care costs would not benefit most care home residents, research has found.

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IFS: Universal credit to hit low income households hardestSubscription

24 April, 2019 By

Research examined the impact of benefit reform over an eight-year period for the first time

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Former public health director amongst Sri Lanka dead Subscription

23 April, 2019

A former director of public health is among the more than 300 people killed in the Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lanka.

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Grayling accused of 'micromanaging' over metric system warningSubscription

23 April, 2019 By

The transport secretary has written to council chiefs warning them against using ’non-prescribed signs’

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Large housing development to get 'integrated care provider'Subscription

23 April, 2019 By Jack Serle

Development is one of 10 which are part of NHS England’s ‘healthy new town’ programme

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Martin Esom: Changes to Prevent were not well executedSubscription

23 April, 2019 By

Former London Prevent board chair says the planned review of the government’s anti-radicalisation programme must focus on safeguarding

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'Borough of culture has made community our advocates'Subscription

23 April, 2019 By

Waltham Forst chief Martin Esom says becoming London’s first borough of culture has re-aligned the council’s relationship with the community

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County reveals plan to relocate HQ in bid to save £10mSubscription

23 April, 2019 By

County Hall has been outside the county since boundary changes in 1965

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A week in the life...Darren KnightSubscription

18 April, 2019 By

LGC gets an insight into a typical week for Cheltenham BC’s executive director for people and change, Darren Knight

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Hundreds of seats won 'without a single ballot being cast' Subscription

18 April, 2019 By

Analysis from the Electoral Reform Society reveals seats across the country will go uncontested in next month’s local elections 

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Unitary promotes deputy to chief roleSubscription

18 April, 2019 By

The appointment of the chief operations officer for London Luton Airport confirmed at a meeting of full council last night.

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City will rejoin ICS subject to ‘privatisation’ vetoSubscription

18 April, 2019 By Dave West

A city council which suspended involvement in its area’s integrated care system has said it will rejoin, subject to agreement it will be able to veto “proposals that may result in privatisation or outsourcing”.

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Hackers target councils in campaign to free Julian AssangeSubscription

17 April, 2019 By

Hackers are targeting councils in England as part of a wider campaign to free the Wikileaks political activist Julian Assange.

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Reorganisation: Making mergers workSubscription

17 April, 2019 By

Recent local government reorganisation has seen 15 councils abolished and replaced by six new organisations. How can the process be managed successfully?

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Borough warned over cost of scrapping elected mayorSubscription

17 April, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Newham could face £500,000 bill for promised referendum

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County and district push ahead with 'non-structural reform'Subscription

17 April, 2019 By

Oxfordshire CC and Cherwell DC are set to expand their joint working arrangements 

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GM denies new reporting arrangements ‘dilute’ health devo Subscription

17 April, 2019 By Lawrence Dunhill

The leader of Greater Manchester’s health and care devolution project will report to the NHS regulators’ new regional director for the north west, in what some see as another dilution of the region’s relative autonomy.

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Private housing slowdown threatens affordable home supplySubscription

16 April, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Research by Savills says direct funding for housing associations is needed

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Growth in combined authority workforces revealed Subscription

16 April, 2019 By

Exclusive LGC research finds mayoral combined authorities have expanded by a fifth since May 2017 

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Bids to end troubled Birmingham PFI deal rejectedSubscription

16 April, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Birmingham says Amey made late and inadequate offers

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'Aggressive' repairs firms took advantage of borough, report findsSubscription

15 April, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Hackney will use in-house repairs firms wherever possible in future 

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Mipim: The investor perspective Subscription

15 April, 2019 By

The high costs of London and New York drive investors to the regions, says one leading figure

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Metro-mayor at Mipim: Investors look for political co-operationSubscription

15 April, 2019 By

West of England mayor Tim Bowles’ pitch to investors focuses on the region’s strong economy 

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Revealed: Third of top-tier councils attended Mipim 2019 Subscription

15 April, 2019 By

LGC breaks down the key numbers from Mipim 2019 

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Chief exec at Mipim: 'I have been relentless about making it pay'Subscription

15 April, 2019 By

West Midlands CA chief executive Debrah Cadman discusses how her organisation offers to ‘make it easy’ for investors

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'Imaginative exercise' of no-deal Brexit planning stood downSubscription

12 April, 2019 By

Councils are being instructed by government to hold fire on contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit

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Rethinking the high street: how can councils revive ailing town centres?Subscription

12 April, 2019 By

With bricks and mortar retail apparently in terminal decline, a new sense of purpose and place is required 

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Nicola Yates: 'Innovate or you'll get what you've always got'Subscription

11 April, 2019 By

Connected Places Catapult chief Nicola Yates urges councils to plan for the future before it happens

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Minister: Response to high streets fund 'fantastic'Subscription

11 April, 2019 By

Almost every eligible council has applied for a share of the £675m Future High Streets Fund, it has emerged.

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Treasury chief secretary moots tax and planning devolutionSubscription

11 April, 2019 By

Scottish-style powers may be considered in English regions as part of spending review.

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‘Hundreds’ seeking to stand for Change UK in EU pollSubscription

11 April, 2019 By ,

Former Labour councillor among those hoping to stand

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West Midlands deputy mayor quitsSubscription

11 April, 2019 By

Depature follows resignation as leader of metropolitan borough council.

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Chiefs slam Treasury draft rules on £95k exit payment cap Subscription

10 April, 2019 By ,

Chief execs union warns plans create uncertainty and are a ‘significant interference’ by ministers 

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Corbyn quizzes May over fair funding plans Subscription

10 April, 2019 By

The Labour leader described austerity as a ”political choice” during an exchange at PMQs 

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Newham refuse workers ‘lose £20,000’ in pay grading disputeSubscription

10 April, 2019 By

Refuse workers employed by Newham LBC could have lost more than £20,000 each in the last decade in a dispute over pay grading, according to the union Unite.

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Major report uncovers variation in child mental health spendSubscription

10 April, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Children’s Commissioner says third of areas cut spending

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Poorer regions demand answers on post-Brexit fundSubscription

9 April, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Leaders say UK Shared Prosperity Fund subject to long delay

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Suspended officer quits Cheshire EastSubscription

9 April, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Peter Bates leaves Cheshire East after 18 months suspension

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Fears over neighbours' debts keep borough from unitary bidSubscription

9 April, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Hyndburn leader fears costs of east Lancashire unitary

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Mayor to scrap management structure after 18 monthsSubscription

9 April, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Newham elected mayor attacks predecessor’s ‘silo’ system

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Council salaries attacked by 'rich list' compilersSubscription

9 April, 2019 By Mark Smulian

TaxPayers Alliance says public pay freeze ‘much needed’

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Rallings & Thrasher: local government’s quiet revolutionSubscription

8 April, 2019 By Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher

Psephologists Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher predict little overall change in next month’s local polls

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Local elections: 12 councils to watch Subscription

8 April, 2019 By Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher

Psephologists Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher on some of this year’s most interesting contests

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Air pollution lawyers threaten cities over inaction Subscription

8 April, 2019 By

The law firm that has successfully challenged the government over its air pollution plans has now written to 36 councils warning it could take legal action

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Revealed: the councils planning clean air zones Subscription

8 April, 2019 By

As London’s ultra-low emissions zone goes live LGC research has found limited enthusiasm for charging vehicles to drive in cities outside the capital 

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Violence followed 'gang matrix' intelligence breachSubscription

5 April, 2019 By

London borough apologises after sensitive details were acquired by rival gang members through social media

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Hammersmith & Fulham leader hits back against mayoral planSubscription

5 April, 2019 By

Conservative MP is backing a change to borough’s political structure 

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Almos' scaled-up development reduces Right to Buy lossSubscription

5 April, 2019 By

Council housing companies added almost 2,000 new properties to their stock in 2018, but this has only replaced 69% of homes sold under right-to-buy, a report out today has revealed. 

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Figures show slow progress on gender pay gap Subscription

5 April, 2019 By

Annual figures submitted to the government reveal 58% of councils still have a significant difference in wages

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PM's former PPS appointed public health minister Subscription

5 April, 2019 By

Steve Brine’s replacement announced

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Tories resign to fight former colleagues as Dorset tension continuesSubscription

4 April, 2019 By

The five-strong group of former Christchurch BC councillors, includes the former council leader David Flagg

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Updated: Council pays out over contamination Subscription

4 April, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Waste company Viridor has reached a £1.75m settlement with Milton Keynes Council

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Homelessness Reduction Act funding 'insufficient'Subscription

4 April, 2019 By

Survey of council chiefs and leaders finds 67% say funding is not enough 

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Push for mayoral system in Hammersmith & Fulham Subscription

3 April, 2019 By

Former leader Stephen Greenhalgh has been tipped as the Conservative candidate 

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People moves: Homes England adds to top teamSubscription

3 April, 2019 By

Our round-up of the latest job moves and appointments.

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'Urgent action' needed to support councils to prepare for BrexitSubscription

3 April, 2019 By

Housing, communities and local government committee also calls on government to ‘seize opportunity’ of Brexit to devolve more powers to local government

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Commonwealth Games highlighted as risk to BirminghamSubscription

2 April, 2019 By

The Birmingham Improvement Panel has said the Commonwealth Games in 2022 represents one of what the council’s external auditor has called “a unique level of one-off risks”.

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Panel warns Birmingham to 'modernise' to surviveSubscription

2 April, 2019 By

In parting shot government-appointed panel warns the council’s approach to industrial relations is ‘precarious’ as cost of waste dispute hits £14m

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Partnership warns new waste strategy could cost millions Subscription

2 April, 2019 By Mark Smulian

The Somerset Waste Partnership says proposals including harmonising collections will leave it out of pocket

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London borough chief announces retirementSubscription

2 April, 2019 By

The chief executive of Islington LBC has announced she will be retiring “in the coming weeks”.

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Lidington: EU elections preparations will be funded Subscription

2 April, 2019 By

But the Cabinet Office minister warns ‘thought should be given to what actions are strictly necessary’ 

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Birmingham intervention panel disbands urging 'ongoing rigour'Subscription

2 April, 2019 By

The government-led intervention team at Birmingham City Council has announced it is disbanding itself but warned the authority will continue to require “active monitoring”.

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Council pension funds press social media over Christchurch videoSubscription

1 April, 2019 By

Investors demand that Facebook, Google and Twitter tighten controls in wake of shooting, which was livestreamed.

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Sporting world champion to lead on city region's travel plansSubscription

1 April, 2019 By

Dame Sarah Storey, Britain’s most successful female Paralympian, has been named Sheffield City Region CA’s active travel commissioner by mayor Dan Jarvis. 

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County dealt only with high priority DoLS casesSubscription

1 April, 2019 By

The local government and social care ombudsman said vulnerable people were left in danger of being unlawfully deprived of their liberty

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Nottinghamshire buys Cornwall out of joint venture Subscription

1 April, 2019 By

County council plans to grow the business of Via East Midlands

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Two unitaries and three new districts launchedSubscription

1 April, 2019 By

Today marks the creation of five new councils, including two new unitaries and three districts.

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'Massive challenge' due to EU election uncertaintySubscription

1 April, 2019 By

As EU elections get more likely, returning officers risk incurring costs they will not be reimbursed for any costs 

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Rodwell: poor housing and social segregation driving gang cultureSubscription

29 March, 2019 By

The Barking & Dagenham leader says ’solving the knife crime epidemic starts with building communities, not ivory towers’

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West Midlands CA appoints 'high-calibre' director Subscription

28 March, 2019 By

Ian Martin will be in charge of developing the region’s investment strategy

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How Northamptonshire balanced the booksSubscription

28 March, 2019 By

Finance commissioner Brian Roberts tells LGC how the council avoided a ’slash and burn’ of services

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Rotherham intervention ended after 'moral compass' restoredSubscription

28 March, 2019 By

Commissioners praise the leadership team but warn savings plan is “particularly challenging”. 

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Cambs & Peterborough fails to appoint new chief Subscription

28 March, 2019 By

The combined authority also has a new interim monitoring officer

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Municipal bonds agency drops guarantee requirement Subscription

28 March, 2019 By

UKMBA announces rethink after failing to launch a bond since it was set up four years ago

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Commissioners: Northants s114 notice should be liftedSubscription

28 March, 2019 By

Northamptonshire CC’s commissioners have recommended the lifting of the council’s section 114 notice and have insisted the authority is now “living within its own means”.

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Average council tax bill to rise by 4.7%Subscription

27 March, 2019

Average council tax bills in England will rise by 4.7% in 2018-19, figures released today by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government show.

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Essex to review Blackpool's children's servicesSubscription

27 March, 2019 By

Ofsted inspection last year found failings left children suffering chronic neglect for long periods

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Birmingham could end in-house waste serviceSubscription

27 March, 2019 By Mark Smulian

A council report says waste industry consultancies should be invited to bid to review the service

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London boroughs seek NHS funding to cover PrEP trialSubscription

27 March, 2019 By Sharon Brennan

Extra costs are thought to be up to £3.5m per year

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MHCLG appoints new director generalSubscription

26 March, 2019 By

Catherine Frances succeeds Jo Farrar

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London borough announces new chief Subscription

26 March, 2019 By

A London borough director has been recommended as the new chief executive of Bexley LBC.

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Leaders urge government to fund sprinklers post-GrenfellSubscription

26 March, 2019 By

Senior politicians from 15 councils and the GLA have written to the prime minister

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Brokenshire: LEPs could get post-Brexit 'power and authority'Subscription

26 March, 2019 By

Housing and communities secretary says he is examining relationships between councils and local enterprise partnerships 

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Road repair funding disparity revealed Subscription

26 March, 2019 By

Annual survey finds amount councils receive per mile ranges from £3,000 to £118,000 a mile 

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Public health minister resigns over no-deal Brexit fearsSubscription

26 March, 2019 By

Steve Brine says he has “cherished” the role but was not prepared to oppose an amendment for indicative votes

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Updated: South Yorkshire leaders break the devolution deadlockSubscription

25 March, 2019 By

Mayor Dan Jarvis says politicians have had a ‘breakthrough’

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Doncaster set to take ownership of children's trustSubscription

25 March, 2019 By

Change to governance arrangements will avoid the need for a costly procurement exercise 

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South Essex councils to formalise joint working Subscription

25 March, 2019 By

Councils in south Essex are to formalise their arrangements for joint working on economic growth.

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£36m cash injection for coastal regenerationSubscription

25 March, 2019 By

Seventy projects around Britain’s coastline have had a cash lift from a government fund of more than £36m from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG).

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Social care at 'breaking point' say 15 organisationsSubscription

22 March, 2019 By

A letter calling for urgent action to protect a system at “breaking point” signed by 15 organisations

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Districts' legal challenge to Bucks reorganisation process failsSubscription

22 March, 2019 By

Three districts to seek further legal advice after application for a judicial review refused 

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Boroughs unite to get 'upper hand' over landlords Subscription

22 March, 2019 By

Chair of new not-for-profit company Mark Baigent tells LGC collaboration will save money 

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Further closures of children's centres 'inevitable' Subscription

22 March, 2019 By

Latest figures show spending has fallen by nearly 25%

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PAC slams DfE's approach to children's social care reformSubscription

22 March, 2019 By

Report calls for a “step-change” in DfE’s understanding of performance and cost variations

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Minister: Public health must be at the top tableSubscription

21 March, 2019 By

Public health minster Steve Brine also insisted there was no “preconceived outcome” about public health commisioning review

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Brexit visa plan 'will not work' for social care, report warnsSubscription

21 March, 2019 By

Report by respected thinktanks also warns NHS pay policy risks exacerbating care workforce shortages 

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Lawyers wanted: Legal workforce on the rise Subscription

21 March, 2019 By

LGC research finds councils are beefing up their legal departments to cope with the complexities of the modern local government landscape 

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