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Susan Parsonage

Lancaster chief set to join unitarySubscription

10 December, 2018 By

Susan Parsonage appointed to the top job by Wokingham BC 

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Ian Thomas to join another London borough after Lewisham exitSubscription

10 December, 2018 By

Former strategic director for children and young people at Rotherham MBC left his previous job after just seven months

Donna hall

Donna Hall to chair thinktank after Wigan departureSubscription

10 December, 2018 By

Ms Hall will succeed Dame Jane Roberts, having been a member of the New Local Government Network board since March

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Police could report 30 over borough's £10m football club loanSubscription

10 December, 2018 By Mark Smulian

More than 550 witnesses and suspects have been questioned


Somerset leader vows to rebuild reserves, despite budget deficitSubscription

10 December, 2018 By

David Fothergill (Con) tells LGC the county has “gripped our finances very tightly” and added it “feel like we’re on the right track”

Westminster city council

Westminster to elect first ever Labour lord mayor Subscription

10 December, 2018 By

Council leader Nickie Aiken (Con) said “it’s important the lord mayor represents all of Westminster’s residents as part of our commitment to build a city for all”


Brokenshire intervention threat over rough sleepingSubscription

8 December, 2018 By Mark Smulian

“Government will take action where councils fail to do so”

Rob Barlow East Lindsey

District deputy takes chief's roleSubscription

7 December, 2018 By Mark Smulian

East Lindsey promotes Rob Barlow


Long-serving London chief stands downSubscription

7 December, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Deputy set to take borough’s top job on an acting basis

Mark Robinson

Retail leader: sector's stress enhances councils' commercial roleSubscription

7 December, 2018 By

Concern expressed over councils’ increased reliance on business rates and government’s permitted development rights expansion

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Libraries increasingly reliant on volunteers as cuts continueSubscription

7 December, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Branches, staff numbers and lending down but volunteer numbers rise

David Pearson

City quits leading care system due to 'lack of democratic oversight'Subscription

6 December, 2018 By Sharon Brennan

Integrated care system says it will “make every effort to resolve” the council’s concerns

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock

NHS urged to change so prevention vision can become reality Subscription

6 December, 2018 By

With a prevention green paper promised for next year, LGC examines how the current system needs to evolve

Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie

Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie promises lead role in prevention push Subscription

6 December, 2018 By

Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie talks to LGC about the government’s forthcoming prevention green paper

Kay Cutts

County publishes case for single unitarySubscription

5 December, 2018 By

Estimate new council could result in annual savings of £27m a year, although it could cost £19m to set up

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Finance settlement delayed by Brexit voteSubscription

5 December, 2018 By

Housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire said the period for making representations on the provisional settlement “will not be truncated” 

Yvette stanley

Ofsted director warns of 'enduring harm' due to early help cutsSubscription

5 December, 2018 By

Yvette Stanley tells LGC focusing on budgets at the expense of children’s social care performance can cause a significant deterioration in services

Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn

Interim mayor for North of Tyne appointedSubscription

5 December, 2018 By

The interim mayor will stand as the combined authority’s figurehead until its first election is held in May 2019 

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Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen purchases airport in £40m dealSubscription

4 December, 2018 By

“Taking back control of our airport presents a once in a generation opportunity for the Tees Valley to find its voice again”

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Government could face legal challenge over voter ID pilots Subscription

4 December, 2018 By

Resident engages law firm which argues the government is acting unlawfully by restricting voting rights

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Ofsted: Special educational needs support 'disjointed and variable'Subscription

4 December, 2018 By

“The gap in performance and outcomes for children with SEND is widening between the best and local areas”


'Risk' warning as councils' property investments double Subscription

4 December, 2018 By Gareth Davies,

Spending patterns for 2018-19 suggest councils are continuing to increase their levels of commercial investment

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Ombudsman in 'rule book' warning over financially-driven reforms Subscription

4 December, 2018 By

“While I appreciate the challenges councils are dealing with, we cannot make concessions for failures attributed to budget pressures”

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EXCLUSIVE: Resilience index response prompts major rethink Subscription

3 December, 2018 By

LGC has learned plans to produce one overarching score have been ditched following an unprecedented response

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Beleaguered care provider sold following CQC warning Subscription

3 December, 2018 By

Allied Healthcare has lost council contracts due to fears over its financial stability

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Developers to be made to show biodiversity gains or face finesSubscription

3 December, 2018 By

“Mandating biodiversity net gain puts the environment at the heart of planning and development,” says environment secretary Michael Gove

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Finance director set to become London chiefSubscription

3 December, 2018 By

Interim chief chosen as the preferred candidate for the permanent position by an appointments panel last week

James Palmer

Another director leaves after clash with combined authority mayorSubscription

30 November, 2018 By

Interim finance director is the latest senior officer to leave under a cloud after he refused to read out a retraction statement prepared by the mayor

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Plan to end plastics recycling abandoned after ministerial pressureSubscription

30 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

“We have listened to what people told us during our engagement exercise”

Tyne Bridge, Newcastle

Four bidding to become Labour's North of Tyne mayor candidateSubscription

30 November, 2018 By

Two more men have put their names forward to stand as Labour’s North of Tyne mayoral candidate

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Ministry to give 'full backing' to councils removing unsafe claddingSubscription

29 November, 2018 By

A ban on combustible materials on new high-rise buildings will come into force on 21 December.


Updated: Northants can use £70m capital receipts to balance budgetSubscription

29 November, 2018 By ,

Any new unitary authorities would be established on 1 April 2020

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Lothian Pension Fund appoints new chief executiveSubscription

29 November, 2018 By Jimmy Nicholls

Lothian Pension Fund has chosen Doug Heron as its new chief executive, starting from February.

Scottish Parliament

Scottish councils warn of 'extremely difficult time ahead'Subscription

29 November, 2018 By

Local authority spending watchdog warns the 32 councils in Scotland face a complex range of challenges and continuing pressure on finances

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Unitary's longest serving chief to be replaced by deputySubscription

29 November, 2018 By

Harry Catherall to retire next year

Donna hall

Greater Manchester proposes radical integration of servicesSubscription

29 November, 2018 By

The new model aims to increase collaboration between council departments by managing services according to locations, as opposed to policy area

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Fair funding review to give 'full account' of rural pressuresVideoSubscription

28 November, 2018 By

“Sparsity and population density are very much centre stage in the fair funding review and will be taken full account of”


County takes out loan to save money on PFI waste incineratorSubscription

28 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

The council will borrow £10.2m to reduce the capital cost for which it is responsible

Debbie Westhead

Andrea Sutcliffe's interim replacement at CQC announcedSubscription

28 November, 2018 By

CQC deputy chief inspector for adult social care for the north region and strategic lead for its enforcement work handed role on interim basis

michael king

Fear over systemic problems as social care complaints increaseSubscription

28 November, 2018 By

Local government and social care ombudsman Michael King highlights a shift from “one-off” mistakes to problems with systems, policies and procedures

Melanie Dawes

Melanie Dawes: Sustainability is defined as 'statutory services' onlySubscription

27 November, 2018 By

Stability in local government is currently decided by Whitehall as to whether statutory services can be delivered locally, Ms Dawes said.

Michael Gove

Gove wants more councils to collect food waste separatelySubscription

27 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Environment secretary wants to end the “moral scandal of food waste’

Keith Ireland

County chief leaves just six months after appointmentSubscription

26 November, 2018 By

Chief executive and leader “do not share same approach”.

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Former Met chief Carol Hudson diesSubscription

26 November, 2018 By

Carole Hudson, who was chief executive of St Helens MBC for more than 23 years, has died aged 63.

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Newham to vote on mayoral model commissionSubscription

26 November, 2018 By

The proposed “independently-chaired” commission could be set up next year and would report back to council within 12 months.

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Borough leader set to succeed Hodge in SurreySubscription

26 November, 2018 By

Elmbridge BC leader Tim Oliver won the backing of the county’s Conservative group in a vote on Friday.

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Digest: Research calls for action on 'chronic low pay' for care workersSubscription

26 November, 2018 By

Report says £450m is needed to give care workers the real ‘living wage’

Judith Blake

Leaders warn SEND support 'buckling'Subscription

26 November, 2018 By

Councils across Yorkshire & the Humber call for the government to increase funding to address crisis 

Finn Williams, Co-founder and CEO of Public Practice (Tim Smyth)

Interview: How to increase capacity and build at scaleSubscription

26 November, 2018 By

Finn Williams, chief executive of social enterprise Public Practice, on the importance of retaining planning skills in-house

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Kate Ardern: 'A positive movement will take on life of its own'Subscription

26 November, 2018 By

Wigan MBC’s public health director Kate Ardern, who is also Greater Manchester’s lead, questions health secretary’s logic on prevention in an interview with Jon Bunn

English councils with HRA accounts

Fear borrowing cap lift will leave non-stock-holding councils behindSubscription

23 November, 2018 By

The government should set up a borrowing fund for councils without housing revenue accounts, says the DCN chair

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Why lifting the housing borrowing cap might prove a damp squibSubscription

23 November, 2018 By

Experts warn grant funding will remain important if housing targets are to be met

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New county chiefs association chair vows to 'reboot devo agenda'Subscription

22 November, 2018 By

Debbie Ward’s replacement announced

Theresa May

Prime minister pledges £3.5bn for community healthcareSubscription

22 November, 2018 By

Warning the extra money will not lead to a significant change in the way people experience healthcare

Greg Clark

Business secretary quizzed on Interserve's future Subscription

22 November, 2018 By Zak Garner-Purkis

Last week, Interserve’s share price reached an all-time low amid reports the company was preparing to ask investors for more cash

Sean Harriss

Sean Harriss appointed chief executive of Harrow Subscription

22 November, 2018

Former Lambeth and Bolton chief returns to council duties having served as interim chief at support services provider OneSource

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English core funding slashed as budgets rise in devolved nationsSubscription

22 November, 2018 By

LGC analysis sparks further call for ‘genuine devolution within England’

Sandy Hopkins

Southampton appoints district chief to top jobSubscription

21 November, 2018 By

The chief executive currently serves at both Havant BC and East Hampshire DC and is expected to take the top job in the new year

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Bus passenger journeys decline in two-thirds of areas Subscription

21 November, 2018 By

One of just five areas with a municipal bus company sees greatest fall in passenger numbers

Rishi sunak

Local government is a 'big winner' financially, says SunakSubscription

21 November, 2018 By

Fair funding review options due but minister warns indications of what cash councils may actually receive will not be revealed until late spring 2019

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Theresa Grant's replacement as Trafford chief executive namedSubscription

20 November, 2018 By

Full council will vote on whether to ratify the appointment on November 28

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Special educational needs transport costs rise by almost a thirdSubscription

20 November, 2018 By

Warning that increased costs are creating new “budget risks” for local authorities

Bristol Temple Meads station

City council's new housing firm seeks joint venture partnerSubscription

20 November, 2018 By Tim Clark

Two projects are expected to include up to 40% affordable housing, including social housing and shared ownership

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People news: Met appoints turnaround children's directorSubscription

20 November, 2018

Our round-up of the latest job moves and appointments

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Brokenshire: Non-health spend will rise at least in line with inflationSubscription

20 November, 2018 By

Housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire says he has “very clearly” heard counties’ calls for extra funding

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Outsourcing firm sells social housing wing to MearsSubscription

19 November, 2018 By

The housing and social care provider Mears Group has agreed to buy the housing wing for £35m.

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Former housing minister slams 'toxic' permitted development rightsSubscription

19 November, 2018 By

The Raynsford Review describes restoring public confidence in the planning system as “one of our generation’s greatest challenges”


UN rapporteur: adequately fund councils to tackle povertySubscription

19 November, 2018 By

Government’s commitment to “punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous” austerity measures has inflicted “great misery” on vulnerable people

Disability and housing

Extra disability funding essential for 'long-term survival of councils'Subscription

19 November, 2018 By

The long-term survival of local government is being put at risk by inadequate funding for adult social care, new analysis has found


Major home care provider seeking to offload contractsSubscription

19 November, 2018 By Steve Ford

The firm, which offers support to 13,000 older and disabled people, revealed its decision to offload contracts last week

Nick forbes

Nick Forbes launches bid to become North of Tyne mayorSubscription

16 November, 2018 By

The leader of Newcastle City Council has announced himself as the second Labour candidate to stand in next year’s elections

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Public Health England to integrate with NHS England regionsSubscription

16 November, 2018 By Jack Searle

Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie reinforces commitment to councils’ role in improving outcomes


London loses out while counties win most of £420m roads fundingSubscription

16 November, 2018 By

North west to receive the most amount of funding for roads repairs when considered as a proportion of the length of road each area is responsible for

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Warning of irreversible damage if children's funding not addressedSubscription

16 November, 2018 By

Assocition of Directors of Children’s Services president Stuart Gallimore also says Budget pledge could lead to conflict in councils

Caroline Dinenage, care minister

Dinenage 'fed up' with social care being NHS's poor relationSubscription

15 November, 2018 By

Care minister promises adult social care green paper will be “extremely green’” and has not ruled out tax rises as part of a funding solution

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Permitted development rights changes down despite increase in extra homes Subscription

15 November, 2018 By

There was a two per cent increase in the number extra homes built and created last year, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government statistics show.

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Hancock: Shifting NHS spend away from hospitals ‘can’t wait’Subscription

15 November, 2018 By

However, health and social care secretary indicates public health budgets will not be amended for 2019-20


Projected £0.5bn overspend in special educational needs supportSubscription

15 November, 2018 By

LGA warns the growing funding gap for SEND support is placing councils at risk of failing to meet their statutory duties

Andrew burns

Cipfa past president to lose job as county seeks £35m savingsSubscription

14 November, 2018 By

Savings to senior management team and back office being sought in bid to protect frontline services

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Team of the Year shortlist announcedSubscription

14 November, 2018

The eagerly-awaited shortlist has been unveiled for the LGC Awards Team of the Year category

Ian Hudspeth

Tax rises backed in bid to secure future of social care servicesSubscription

14 November, 2018 By

“Important step change” as LGA backs proposed solutions “to the more thorny issues” relating to long-term funding for services

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Confidence low among care directors that legal duties can be metSubscription

14 November, 2018 By

“I am worried – very worried – that a small but growing number of colleagues are finding their role almost impossible”

Malcolm newsam

Extra commissioner set to oversee children's services at NorthantsSubscription

13 November, 2018 By

James Brokenshire warns “any deterioration in the performance of Northamptonshire children’s services cannot continue”

ian greenwood

Former Bradford leader and local authority pension fund chair diesSubscription

13 November, 2018 By Jimmy Nicholls

“Many, many people in the council, the pension fund and across the district…will be sharing a huge sense of loss”

David Hodge

Departing county leader attacks cuts and urges care settlementSubscription

13 November, 2018 By

Surrey CC leader David Hodge (Con) calls for a long-term funding settlement for social care services

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Northants' children's services deteriorate amid financial uncertaintySubscription

13 November, 2018 By

Ofsted inspectors find services relating to the county’s multi-agency safeguarding hub “have significantly declined in the past two years”

London streets

London leaders say there is 'no appetite' for reorganisation Subscription

13 November, 2018 By

“We have heard the narrative but the idea of merging the 32 boroughs into super boroughs is not something that we think is the right way forward”

Martin swales

Martin Swales to replace Jo Miller as Solace presidentSubscription

12 November, 2018 By

“Martin is a highly respected chief executive and I am very confident, working with his policy leads, he will continue to build on our unique policy voice”

martin hamilton

District to appoint new chief after election failingsSubscription

12 November, 2018 By

Former top officer had been suspended after more than 1,000 voters were disenfranchised in 2017 general election

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Surrey leader David Hodge stands downSubscription

12 November, 2018 By

County leader informed Surrey’s Conservative group of his intentions to stand down as group leader on Friday

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Local government pension funds defend climate change stanceSubscription

12 November, 2018 By Jimmy Nicholls

Research by Friends of the Earth and Platform London into 19 UK funds judged most of their climate changes policies inadequate

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Interview: Sir Michael Lyons urges more public-private partnershipsSubscription

12 November, 2018 By

“We will invest [money] and councils will invest land; we will invest side-by-side”


Five-year funding plan lined up for local roadsSubscription

12 November, 2018 By Connor Ibbetson

“We want to listen to people on the ground in local councils, enterprise partnerships, local institutions and companies and to be guided by them”

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Minister weighs in over Swindon plastics recycling rowSubscription

12 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Borough warned bid to stop collecting plastic for recycling would be “a regressive step”

Lake Windermere, Cumbria

County to consider submitting official unitary proposalSubscription

9 November, 2018 By

Cumbria CC is set to vote on whether to approach housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire with a formal proposal

Shropshire and staffordshire

Unitary imposes spending freezeSubscription

9 November, 2018 By

Chief executive warns “this year’s budget is proving to be a challenge”


Oxfordshire uncovers major Carillion failings on £123m dealSubscription

9 November, 2018 By Tim Clark

The authority is also involved in a legal dispute with PwC, which is acting on behalf of the official receiver to recover unpaid debts

Westminster city council

Westminster seeks law change to focus tax rises on the wealthiestSubscription

9 November, 2018 By

The voluntary contribution scheme in which wealthy residents were this year encouraged to pay a higher level of council tax raised £0.5m

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Stuart Love: Westminster is 'crying out for a culture change'Subscription

9 November, 2018 By

Westminster City Council’s chief executive talks to LGC editor Nick Golding about social mobility and how scandal has damaged his authority’s reputation

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Sunak to issue guidance against anti-Israel investment policiesSubscription

8 November, 2018 By Jimmy Nicholls

Guidance previously found unlawful by the High Court set to return after a succesful government appeal