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While most councils have entered into ‘spirit’ of Homelessness Reduction Act, some are taking it too literally
A row has broken out between the government and NHS England over £50m funding for pay of public heath staff employed by the NHS.
Nine years of government cuts have left local services for single homeless people with a staggering £1bn a year funding gap
Proposed caps on adult social care costs would not benefit most care home residents, research has found.
Research examined the impact of benefit reform over an eight-year period for the first time
A former director of public health is among the more than 300 people killed in the Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lanka.
The transport secretary has written to council chiefs warning them against using ’non-prescribed signs’
Development is one of 10 which are part of NHS England’s ‘healthy new town’ programme
Former London Prevent board chair says the planned review of the government’s anti-radicalisation programme must focus on safeguarding
Waltham Forst chief Martin Esom says becoming London’s first borough of culture has re-aligned the council’s relationship with the community
County Hall has been outside the county since boundary changes in 1965
LGC gets an insight into a typical week for Cheltenham BC’s executive director for people and change, Darren Knight
Analysis from the Electoral Reform Society reveals seats across the country will go uncontested in next month’s local elections
The appointment of the chief operations officer for London Luton Airport confirmed at a meeting of full council last night.
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”.
Hackers are targeting councils in England as part of a wider campaign to free the Wikileaks political activist Julian Assange.
Recent local government reorganisation has seen 15 councils abolished and replaced by six new organisations. How can the process be managed successfully?
Newham could face £500,000 bill for promised referendum
Oxfordshire CC and Cherwell DC are set to expand their joint working arrangements
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.
Research by Savills says direct funding for housing associations is needed
Exclusive LGC research finds mayoral combined authorities have expanded by a fifth since May 2017
Birmingham says Amey made late and inadequate offers
Hackney will use in-house repairs firms wherever possible in future
The high costs of London and New York drive investors to the regions, says one leading figure
West of England mayor Tim Bowles’ pitch to investors focuses on the region’s strong economy
LGC breaks down the key numbers from Mipim 2019
West Midlands CA chief executive Debrah Cadman discusses how her organisation offers to ‘make it easy’ for investors
Councils are being instructed by government to hold fire on contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit
With bricks and mortar retail apparently in terminal decline, a new sense of purpose and place is required
Connected Places Catapult chief Nicola Yates urges councils to plan for the future before it happens
Almost every eligible council has applied for a share of the £675m Future High Streets Fund, it has emerged.
Scottish-style powers may be considered in English regions as part of spending review.
Former Labour councillor among those hoping to stand
Depature follows resignation as leader of metropolitan borough council.
Chief execs union warns plans create uncertainty and are a ‘significant interference’ by ministers
The Labour leader described austerity as a ”political choice” during an exchange at PMQs
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.
Children’s Commissioner says third of areas cut spending
Leaders say UK Shared Prosperity Fund subject to long delay
Peter Bates leaves Cheshire East after 18 months suspension
Hyndburn leader fears costs of east Lancashire unitary
Newham elected mayor attacks predecessor’s ‘silo’ system
TaxPayers Alliance says public pay freeze ‘much needed’
Psephologists Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher predict little overall change in next month’s local polls
Psephologists Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher on some of this year’s most interesting contests
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
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
London borough apologises after sensitive details were acquired by rival gang members through social media
Conservative MP is backing a change to borough’s political structure
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.
Annual figures submitted to the government reveal 58% of councils still have a significant difference in wages
The five-strong group of former Christchurch BC councillors, includes the former council leader David Flagg
Waste company Viridor has reached a £1.75m settlement with Milton Keynes Council
Survey of council chiefs and leaders finds 67% say funding is not enough
Former leader Stephen Greenhalgh has been tipped as the Conservative candidate
Our round-up of the latest job moves and appointments.
Housing, communities and local government committee also calls on government to ‘seize opportunity’ of Brexit to devolve more powers to local government
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”.
In parting shot government-appointed panel warns the council’s approach to industrial relations is ‘precarious’ as cost of waste dispute hits £14m
The Somerset Waste Partnership says proposals including harmonising collections will leave it out of pocket
The chief executive of Islington LBC has announced she will be retiring “in the coming weeks”.
But the Cabinet Office minister warns ‘thought should be given to what actions are strictly necessary’
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”.
Investors demand that Facebook, Google and Twitter tighten controls in wake of shooting, which was livestreamed.
Dame Sarah Storey, Britain’s most successful female Paralympian, has been named Sheffield City Region CA’s active travel commissioner by mayor Dan Jarvis.
The local government and social care ombudsman said vulnerable people were left in danger of being unlawfully deprived of their liberty
County council plans to grow the business of Via East Midlands
Today marks the creation of five new councils, including two new unitaries and three districts.
As EU elections get more likely, returning officers risk incurring costs they will not be reimbursed for any costs
The Barking & Dagenham leader says ’solving the knife crime epidemic starts with building communities, not ivory towers’
Ian Martin will be in charge of developing the region’s investment strategy
Finance commissioner Brian Roberts tells LGC how the council avoided a ’slash and burn’ of services
Commissioners praise the leadership team but warn savings plan is “particularly challenging”.
The combined authority also has a new interim monitoring officer
UKMBA announces rethink after failing to launch a bond since it was set up four years ago
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”.
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.
Ofsted inspection last year found failings left children suffering chronic neglect for long periods
A council report says waste industry consultancies should be invited to bid to review the service
Extra costs are thought to be up to £3.5m per year
A London borough director has been recommended as the new chief executive of Bexley LBC.
Senior politicians from 15 councils and the GLA have written to the prime minister
Housing and communities secretary says he is examining relationships between councils and local enterprise partnerships
Annual survey finds amount councils receive per mile ranges from £3,000 to £118,000 a mile
Steve Brine says he has “cherished” the role but was not prepared to oppose an amendment for indicative votes
Mayor Dan Jarvis says politicians have had a ‘breakthrough’
Change to governance arrangements will avoid the need for a costly procurement exercise
Councils in south Essex are to formalise their arrangements for joint working on economic growth.
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).
A letter calling for urgent action to protect a system at “breaking point” signed by 15 organisations
Three districts to seek further legal advice after application for a judicial review refused
Chair of new not-for-profit company Mark Baigent tells LGC collaboration will save money
Latest figures show spending has fallen by nearly 25%
Report calls for a “step-change” in DfE’s understanding of performance and cost variations
Public health minster Steve Brine also insisted there was no “preconceived outcome” about public health commisioning review
Report by respected thinktanks also warns NHS pay policy risks exacerbating care workforce shortages
LGC research finds councils are beefing up their legal departments to cope with the complexities of the modern local government landscape