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Savings to senior management team and back office being sought in bid to protect frontline services
The eagerly-awaited shortlist has been unveiled for the LGC Awards Team of the Year category
“Important step change” as LGA backs proposed solutions “to the more thorny issues” relating to long-term funding for services
“I am worried – very worried – that a small but growing number of colleagues are finding their role almost impossible”
James Brokenshire warns “any deterioration in the performance of Northamptonshire children’s services cannot continue”
“Many, many people in the council, the pension fund and across the district…will be sharing a huge sense of loss”
Surrey CC leader David Hodge (Con) calls for a long-term funding settlement for social care services
Ofsted inspectors find services relating to the county’s multi-agency safeguarding hub “have significantly declined in the past two years”
“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 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”
Former top officer had been suspended after more than 1,000 voters were disenfranchised in 2017 general election
County leader informed Surrey’s Conservative group of his intentions to stand down as group leader on Friday
Research by Friends of the Earth and Platform London into 19 UK funds judged most of their climate changes policies inadequate
“We will invest [money] and councils will invest land; we will invest side-by-side”
“We want to listen to people on the ground in local councils, enterprise partnerships, local institutions and companies and to be guided by them”
Borough warned bid to stop collecting plastic for recycling would be “a regressive step”
Cumbria CC is set to vote on whether to approach housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire with a formal proposal
Chief executive warns “this year’s budget is proving to be a challenge”
The authority is also involved in a legal dispute with PwC, which is acting on behalf of the official receiver to recover unpaid debts
The voluntary contribution scheme in which wealthy residents were this year encouraged to pay a higher level of council tax raised £0.5m
Westminster City Council’s chief executive talks to LGC editor Nick Golding about social mobility and how scandal has damaged his authority’s reputation
Guidance previously found unlawful by the High Court set to return after a succesful government appeal
More than 1,100 signatures back Ian Thomas following his sudden departure from Lewisham LBC
Government-imposed move to withdraw overlaps called a ’farcical mess’
Research finds austerity has “undoubtedly impacted on children and families, fuelling demand” for councils’ services
Housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire calls for imaginative solutions to tackle social and economic challenges
The government has responded to concerns over the viability of developer contributions
Birmingham sets out proposed £18m of savings
CQC warns 84 councils over Allied Healthcare
“The prospect of means testing for such children’s services, including visits by health visitors, will be an anathema to the vast majority”
Thurrock Council has threatened legal action against Highways England in a dispute over the route of the Lower Thames Crossing.
East Sussex admits even reduced services may be unsustainable
Health and social care secretary seeks shift of funding focus from hospitals to primary and community care
Infrastructure lawyers are sceptical about chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement that PFI and PF2 contracts will be abolished
Build rate 18 times lower than desired outcomes
Director steps up for second time to become borough’s interim chief
Six councils will fight it out to be awarded the prestigious LGC Council of the Year title for 2019
Public health experts call for rates and planning reforms
Leader warns “we will run out of money” in a few years and urges politicians to “avoid such an eventuality and not become another Northamptonshire”
Districts express disappointment at decision as they consider their options
‘Policy intent’ is EU councillors can serve full term
“What started out as just one case could soon be having an impact far beyond south east London.”
“We know that Southend-on-Sea and south Essex as a whole is going to grow in the future, and we are working with councils across south Essex on that”
“Leeds put forward a compelling and ambitious strategy for how they could work alongside Channel 4”
The government is aware of four high-rise buildings with dangerous ACM cladding – resembling that found on the Grenfell Tower – without any plans to remove it, the housing minister has said.
Some of the lowest levels of social mobility in England can be found in rural county areas, caused partly by the local government finance system.
A new government consultation has been launched into whether high street shops should be redeveloped without planning permission.
Increased partnership working with town councils in Dorset could help counteract impact of fewer councillors
Calderdale MBC’s chief executive talks to Nick Golding
The Early Intervention Foundation calls for commitment to a long-term strategy as the number of children living in poverty continues to grow
Mayor seeks to secure devolved funding that will replace European monies after Brexit
The chief executive of Lewisham LBC is to step aside at the end of the year, fewer than ten months after he was assigned to the post.
“The main area of uncertainty in this costing relates to the size of the behavioural response.”
Local authorities are to receive an additional £675m in co-funding to help redevelop their local high streets, the chancellor has announced.
A third of extra funding for improving transport links in and around cities will go to areas with mayoral devolution deals
Sir Oliver recommended that build out rates could be increased in providing a greater diversity in the type and tenure of housing on large sites
The chancellor has announced the Treasury will not sign any more private finance initiative contracts, describing the model as “inflexible and overly complex”.
Councils have “made a significant contribution to repairing the public finances and this Budget ensures [they] have more resources” to deliver services
Local authorities are to be ”fully compensated” for any loss of income as a result of reductions in business rates, the Treasury has confirmed.
Former advisor to prime minister Tony Blair to leave local government
The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) is still seeking to oust the airline’s chair and set succession plans for chief executive Michael O’Leary
The NHS has “committed to increasing mental health funding as a share of the overall budget over the next five years”, the Treasury has said
Chancellor Philip Hammond will deliver the Budget this afternoon. Follow LGC’s live blog for all of the latest announcements, rumours and reaction relating to local government.
Government urged not to divert even more money away from the capital amid fears it could “fall over”
“The government has considered whether it needs to change its aspirations for housing supply… It has decided it is not right”
Gloucestershire and Worcestershire CCs underwent Ofsted monitoring visits earlier this month
The administration of universal credit has not been met with sufficient central funding to match local need, the public accounts committee has found
The numbers of children made the subject of a protection plan increased by the highest rate in four years
Concerns councils are being kept in the dark about the impact of Brexit on their area
An LGC survey showed that local authority pension funds in Scotland are unconvinced by the model being implemented in England and Wales
“Leaving aside the appalling human cost, it is daft to spend billions of extra pounds on the NHS while social care goes to the wall”
The north and Northern Powerhouse Rail is said to be reliant on HS2 going up to Leeds
Research by Unison finds budget cuts are impacting negatively on workload and morale
Ministry says it will try to give councils more certainty and time with budget planning in the future
The mayor of London has announced allocation details of a £1bn grant fund, financing construction on almost 15,000 new homes
“The long-term consequences of eroding people’s health are likely to prove far more costly than the short term savings made”
The mayor of the Liverpool City Region CA is anticipating “good news” on further skills devolution in the Budget
‘Enormous step change’ in ministry’s approach to discussions in Whitehall
A joint statement by seven combined authority mayors and the mayor of London demands full devolution
Deputy chief to step up following resignation
Concern expressed that councils are preoccupied with coping with cuts and not planning ahead sufficiently for a more connected world
“Because of where the NHS sits in the national psyche, should it be one system? Should we be running social care at all?”
Investor confidence remains low due to a lack of clarity around Brexit which is causing a negative effect on the UK housebuilding sector
“I would say to all local authorities ‘please don’t follow this model’.”
“It’s clear that the ban by China on imported waste… could have a marked impact on councils’ ability to recycle”
Kirklees Metropolitan Council has launched an independent review of its response at the time of the rape and abuse of girls in Huddersfield.
Local government has been lambasted for its use of “impenetrable” language and systems that hinder rather than help prevent children from being abused
Chiefs told when councils do apply a social values approach to commissioning services can be “cheaper, more responsive, innovative and equitable”
Chief executive has sent ”standard” letter warning of “significant financial challenges”.
“Like every other local authority, Lancashire County Council faces challenges with growing demand and reducing resources.”
Concerns raised about the quality of council chief executives and the role of auditors
“Council tax has been part of the conversation of the spending review – how much can we lean on the local taxpayer rather than the national taxpayer?”
Public Accounts Committee report says the government currently has no effective strategy to integrate the NHS and social care
The government has announced its intention to lift the borrowing cap on Housing Revenue Accounts (HRA) on 30 October.