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Warning of 'decade of misery' in health and social care Subscription

24 May, 2018 By

“It is now undeniable that the current system and funding levels are not sustainable”

Nigel Adams and David Rutley

Two ministers temporarily replacedSubscription

23 May, 2018 By

Time off for two ministers dealing with two different health-related issues

John Wood

Chief to retire after 28 years at countySubscription

23 May, 2018 By

“I hope that by going public with my intentions early… I will enable whoever gets appointed in the new role the chance to really get a feel for the organisation”

David Flagg Christchurch

'Absurd' legal bid to halt Dorset reorganisation ahead of MPs' voteSubscription

23 May, 2018 By

“Christchurch BC and the majority of our residents remain opposed to local government reorganisation in Dorset”

Surrey county hall

Commissioner to be sent to Surrey after damning Ofsted report Subscription

22 May, 2018 By

County also agrees improvement partnerships

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Auditor accuses Northants of downplaying budget overspendSubscription

22 May, 2018 By

“It is more important than ever that those charged with governance are able to make properly-informed decisions based on clear and robust information”

Air pollution in London

Extra powers to tackle air pollution mootedSubscription

22 May, 2018 By

“There cannot be simply more abdication of responsibilities to an already over stretched and ill resourced local government sector”

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Raab: Planning changes for fracking 'only apply for production'Subscription

22 May, 2018 By

Proposed changes to English planning law for shale gas developments will not apply at the exploratory stage, the housing minister has said

Landfill

Cheshire East almost eliminates landfill wasteSubscription

22 May, 2018 By Mark Smulian

“When you consider the journey that we have been on since the formation of this authority nine years ago, you can’t help but feel proud”

David Behan

Regulator braced for deterioration in care standards this yearSubscription

21 May, 2018 By Shaun Lintern

The Care Quality Commission has assumed standards in the health and social care sectors could deteriorate in 2018-19

David Behan

CQC needs more powers to rate health systems, says BehanSubscription

21 May, 2018 By Shaun Lintern

The government should give the Care Quality Commission new powers to inspect and rate local health systems, says outgoing chief executive

Paul Shevlin

DCN's Paul Shevlin: Brokenshire is a man we can work withSubscription

21 May, 2018 By

“Reorganisation can’t be a quick fix if it only solves [problems] for a short period of time,” says the chair of DCN’s chief executives’ group

Association of Directors of Children’s Services president Stuart Gallimore

Interview: 'Children's directors forced to do profoundly silly things'Subscription

21 May, 2018 By

Association of Directors of Children’s Services president Stuart Gallimore warns of “dire” consequences without funding boost

Andrew Lewis

Combined authority managing director joins unitary as chiefSubscription

18 May, 2018 By

Former Treasury advisor’s appointment approved 

Northamptonshire CC headquarters One Angel Square

Improvements found in Northants children's social care Subscription

18 May, 2018 By

Ofsted identifies “encouraging progress” following repeated ‘inadequate’ ratings 

Nesil Caliskan

Youngest female council leader in the country to be appointedSubscription

18 May, 2018 By

The 29-year old is “incredibly proud”

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Proposed changes to fracking applications will 'bypass local democracy'Subscription

18 May, 2018 By

“The government’s plans pervert the planning process and could make England’s landscape a Wild West for whatever cowboy wants to start drilling”

Birmingham

Waste dispute contributes to city's need to use £63m reservesSubscription

18 May, 2018 By

“It is essential that steps are now taken to manage ongoing budget pressures and the delivery of agreed savings for 2018-19 and beyond”

Matthew Wort

Warning sleep-in ruling could prompt provider market failureSubscription

18 May, 2018 By

Landmark Court of Appeal decision due within weeks

James Brokenshire

'Hot potato' or 'underwater chess': Difficulty of Brokenshire's in-tray examinedSubscription

18 May, 2018 By Mark Smulian

LGC analyses some of the biggest issues pressing for the new housing and communities secretary’s attention

London City Hall

Greater London Authority pays £53m to build housing on trust's landSubscription

18 May, 2018 By Ben Clover

The land will be used for housing, half of which will be designated affordable while 22 units will be reserved for clinical staff 

Judith Hackitt

As it happened: Hackitt admits review 'failed' to meet expectationsSubscription

17 May, 2018 By

Fresh from publishing her review of building regulations and fire safety, Dame Judith Hackitt answers questions from MPs

Judith Hackitt

Hackitt 'unaware' of consultation on combustible materialsSubscription

17 May, 2018 By

Dame Judith Hackitt defends decision not to call for a ban on desktop studies

James Brokenshire

Government to consult over ban on combustible materials Subscription

17 May, 2018 By

Housing and communities secretary announces government will start a consultation on banning use of combustible materials on high rise tower blocks

Michael King

Probe finds North Tyneside underpaid special guardiansSubscription

17 May, 2018 By

Ombudsman says at least 172 people affected

Somerset map

Get a 'grip' or your reserves will run out in a year, Somerset toldSubscription

17 May, 2018 By

County council warned it “will only have sufficient resources to balance its budget for one more year”

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Northants reorganisation consultation deadline extendedSubscription

17 May, 2018 By

The housing and communities secretary extended the consultation period for reorganisation in Northamptonshire by four weeks on Thursday.

Fire at Grenfell Tower, Kensington

Disappointment despite Hackitt's call for regulatory overhaulSubscription

17 May, 2018 By

Disappointment as review, led by Dame Judith Hackitt, stops short of calling for a ban on combustible materials and the use of desktop studies

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'Pioneering' scheme places architects back in planning departmentsSubscription

16 May, 2018 By

A new and innovative scheme which places planning experts and architects in local government planning departments has been launched by Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan

London mayor aims to start 10,000 new homes by 2022Subscription

16 May, 2018 By

The mayor of London has announced a major new program that aims to start construction on 10,000 new homes by 2022.

Grenfell Tower

Cladding works to be fully funded by government, PM announcesSubscription

16 May, 2018 By

“I can today confirm that the government will fully fund the removal and replacement of dangerous cladding by councils and housing associations”

Leith Hill, Surrey

Surrey failed to 'accept and act' on children's services failuresSubscription

16 May, 2018 By

County council receives an ‘inadequate’ rating although Ofsted acknowledges evidence of ‘positive change’ 

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Concern reduction in delayed transfers of care has 'hit a wall' Subscription

16 May, 2018 By

Figures for March could suggest slowing of improvement.

DCLG

Ministry's workforce grows while local government shrinksSubscription

16 May, 2018 By

LGA chair Lord Porter (Con) calls the divergence in staffing structures “worse than double standards”

Senior fellow at the King’s Fund Simon Bottery,

Social care reform costs similar to improving current 'flawed' systemSubscription

16 May, 2018 By

Experts say government faces choice between improved means-testing and free care.

Blackpool

Unitary set to loan NHS trust £27mSubscription

15 May, 2018 By

Unsecured loan to be issued “on the basis that all liabilities of a foundation trust are protected by the Department of Health”

Ben Houchen

Ben Houchen’s airport ownership bid enters ‘advanced’ stageSubscription

15 May, 2018 By

“I promised to the people of the Tees Valley that our airport should be run by the people, for the people.”

Nick Raynsford

Former housing minister calls for 'radical' reform of planning systemSubscription

15 May, 2018 By

Nick Raynsford says the planning system is in need of “radical, root-and-branch” reform

Geoff Little

Manchester deputy set to become met chiefSubscription

15 May, 2018 By

Appointment set to be approved tomorrow

Ged Fitzgerald

Ged Fitzgerald resignsSubscription

14 May, 2018 By

The chief executive of Liverpool City Council has resigned, LGC understands

Deborah Hindson

Two directors leave Newham days after new mayor takes officeSubscription

14 May, 2018 By

Finance director’s departure comes one month after “alarming” problems with borough’s finance systems were revealed

Ian Hudspeth

Counties urge action on special educational needs overspendsSubscription

14 May, 2018 By

“There is a growing concern from county leaders that overspends on special educational needs will soon become unsustainable”

Birmingham City Hall

CQC: 'No coherent strategy' for city's health servicesSubscription

14 May, 2018 By Ben Heather

“While there was a shared vision for community, place based care, this had not been developed into a single, coherent strategy for Birmingham”

Colin Noble

Noble ousted in county unitary rowSubscription

11 May, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Colin Noble has been ousted as leader of Suffolk CC’s ruling Conservatives (Con).

Izzi Seccombe

Report warns of 'hidden crisis' in disability housing Subscription

11 May, 2018 By

Commission highlights lengthy waiting lists and “endless confusion”.

Eden DC

District names Rouse as chiefSubscription

11 May, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Eden picks Worcester director Rose Rouse

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Districts hit out at planning ruleSubscription

11 May, 2018 By Mark Smulian

DCN seeks end to s106 pooling restriction

Lesley Hagger

Children's director to leave NorthantsSubscription

11 May, 2018 By

Lesley Hagger to depart ahead of the publication of an Ofsted report.

Lord Peter Smith

Lord Peter Smith to step downSubscription

10 May, 2018 By

Leading figures pay tribute to “inspirational” leader

Lord Porter

Porter to seek re-election as LGA chair Subscription

10 May, 2018 By

The Conservatives remain the largest party on the LGA following last week’s elections

Tony McArdle

Northants commissioners revealedSubscription

10 May, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Government appoints commissioners for troubled county

Liam Booth-Smith

Booth-Smith to leave LocalisSubscription

10 May, 2018 By

Liam Booth-Smith is to leave his role as chief executive of the right-leaning localist thinktank Localis.

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Turnout up in polling card pilot areas and down for ID cardsSubscription

10 May, 2018 By

Returning officers trialing voter ID registration have told LGC of the benefits the system could produce if it were to be rolled out nationally

Melanie Dawes

As it happened: Lloyd, Dawes and Reeves quizzed on financeSubscription

9 May, 2018 By

Evidence session on the sustainability of local government

Mahboob Hussain

Former deputy leader ordered to pay £140k legal feesSubscription

9 May, 2018 By

A former deputy leader of Sandwell MBC was ordered to pay £139,000 in court fees, costs and interest on Wednesday after losing a judicial review against his former employer.

Joseph Ejiofor

Haringey's likely new leader announcedSubscription

9 May, 2018 By

Claire Kober’s successor elected at a meeting last night 

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Somerset districts pledge to work with county on possible unitary bidSubscription

9 May, 2018 By

Possible savings attributed to potential reorganisation in Somerset are “unrealistic”, according to all five leaders of Somerset’s district councils

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Local polls: what happened in areas deemed 'ones to watch'?Subscription

9 May, 2018 By

LGC’s round-up of results in councils deemed of particular interest 

Meg Hillier

PAC calls for 'credible' social care plan this year Subscription

9 May, 2018 By

Influential committee of cross-party MPs fears government underestimates the scale of the challenge.

Croydon skyline

'Intensive peer support' plan for Croydon's children services approvedSubscription

8 May, 2018 By

Government ordered Croydon LBC to develop plan following children’s social care failings 

Professors Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher

Rallings & Thrasher: Labour gains too low to boost Corbyn PM hopesSubscription

8 May, 2018 By Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher

Professors Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher examine the impact of 2018’s local polls for LGC

Keith Ireland

New Lincolnshire chief revealedSubscription

8 May, 2018 By

Council leader praises candidate’s “outstanding abilities”

Andy Burnham

Burnham: Housing crisis must be fixed through devolutionSubscription

8 May, 2018 By

Andy Burnham has called for more devolved powers over housing to help “solve the housing crisis”, in a speech to mark the annicersary of his mayoralty.

Sean Anstee

Sean Anstee: 'Hundreds' of activists key to Tory Trafford lossSubscription

8 May, 2018 By

“In a way it is good for democracy that people are participating in elections but there were hundreds of activists not from [the area]”

placards

City hit by third waste strike in two monthsSubscription

8 May, 2018 By Mark Smulian

“Despite the company’s significant profits, it refuses to pay the workers who make them the profits decent pay and conditions”

Haringey

Lendlease to 'work together' with new Haringey leaderSubscription

8 May, 2018 By James Wilmore

“We accept new councillors may have different views on some of the plans put forward and we look forward to meeting with the borough’s new leader”

Recycling

Unitary forced to renegotiate Veolia contractSubscription

8 May, 2018 By Mark Smulian

“We have been clear during negotiations that more must be done to improve recycling rates”

Dan Jarvis

Dan Jarvis becomes first Sheffield City Region mayorSubscription

4 May, 2018 By

“South Yorkshire is a place of huge potential. I am utterly committed to repaying the faith and the trust the public have placed in me.”

David Simmonds

David Simmonds: Electorate has delivered vote of confidence in Tories Subscription

4 May, 2018 By

“Voters felt the Conservative party was showing leadership in the national interest in a way they felt… Jeremy Corbyn simply wasn’t”

Online vote

Updated: Claim '4,000 denied vote' in ID pilots disputedSubscription

4 May, 2018 By

“We have to make sure we work with the government to make sure that unnecessary barriers [to voting] are not left in place”

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Labour wins four London mayoral elections as new faces take postSubscription

4 May, 2018 By

The party has triumphed in Hackney, Lewisham and Newham LBCs

Grenfell Tower

Snap verdict: limited voter interest in local performanceSubscription

4 May, 2018 By

Three councils where significant local controversy has not had any major impact at the ballot box

Claire Kober

Claire Kober appointed housing directorSubscription

4 May, 2018 By

On the day the results of Haringey’s local elections will be delivered, it has been announced the borough’s former leader has a new job

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Interactive map: local elections results 2018Subscription

4 May, 2018 By , Charlotte Thomas

Keep up to date with the local election results with LGC’s interactive map

Ballot boxes

Antisemitism blamed by local Labour leader for failing to make gains in BarnetSubscription

4 May, 2018 By

Labour fell just two seats short of the Conservatives in 2014 but failed to build on that result from four years ago

Jeremy Corbyn

Labour wins seats but fails to make significant breakthrough in LondonSubscription

4 May, 2018 By

Labour made only marginal gains across London in the 2018 local election, winning no new councils in the capital overnight.

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Labour fails to make gains in string of marginal councilsSubscription

4 May, 2018 By ,

Labour has so far largely failed to make the breakthroughs it anticipated on a night in which a Ukip wipeout largely benefitted the Tories.

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Cities express doubt over four-county 'combined authority'Subscription

3 May, 2018 By

“I think this is one of those ideas that get discussed at some length, but I have some doubts it will come to anything”

Homeless

Thousands of young people 'denied' homelessness helpSubscription

3 May, 2018 By

Tens of thousands of young people are homeless or facing the risk of homelessness after seeking help from their local council

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As it happened: Labour surge fails to materialise Subscription

3 May, 2018 By , , , ,

Stay up-to-date with LGC’s analysis and commentary of this year’s local elections

James Brokenshire

James Brokenshire: ‘Clear space and scope’ for more unitariesSubscription

2 May, 2018 By

New housing and communities secretary speaks to LGC about reorganisation and the sector’s financial pressures is his first interview in the role 

Somerset

Somerset leader in 'bold' unitary bidSubscription

2 May, 2018 By

“At a time of unprecedented financial pressures on all councils we are all looking at different ways to be more efficient”

George osborne

George Osborne: Whitehall has to stop working in silosSubscription

2 May, 2018 By

George Osborne has spoken of his “frustrations” over government spending, calling for a more collaborative system of governance.

Finance

Revealed: How up to 15 councils wrongly reported no reservesSubscription

2 May, 2018 By Gareth Davies

Bureau of Investigative Journalism reporter Gareth Davies analyses the “human errors” and other factors which collectively led to councils under-reporting reserve levels by £100m

Northamptonshire CC headquarters One Angel Square

County casts doubt over viability of future unitaries in NorthantsSubscription

2 May, 2018 By

Plans to set up an an improvement board aimed at monitoring the financial management and governance at Northamptonshire CC

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Former council chief named CQC bossSubscription

2 May, 2018 By

“I am really pleased to be joining the Care Quality Commission at a time of challenge for both health and social care”

LGA

'Money-saving' insurance mutual moves step closerSubscription

2 May, 2018 By

Founding member authorities “will be able to formally join” the mutual “in the coming weeks and months”

fire optimised

Betts call for ban on 'clearly dangerous' desktop studiesSubscription

1 May, 2018 By

The chair of the CLG Committee has called for a ban on desktop studies in his first letter to the new communities secretary.

children

Extra peer review funds for children's servicesSubscription

1 May, 2018 By

“Councils are absolutely determined to make sure that children get the best start in life”

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt: Councils 'must be at the heart' of social care debateSubscription

1 May, 2018 By

“The voice of local government, with its unique expertise and insights into the needs of 21st century communities, must be at the heart of the debate”

Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson: Staff need both responsibility and the power to actSubscription

1 May, 2018 By

County council’s new chief executive tells Robert Cusack he wants to empower staff to drive a culture of improvement

David Simmonds and James Brokenshire

David Simmonds: Brokenshire is 'good news' for councilsSubscription

1 May, 2018 By

“He’s very efficient. He’s quite strategic and data-driven”

James Brokenshire

As it happened: Brokenshire 'delighted' as grilled on first daySubscription

30 April, 2018 By

James Brokenshire is due to appear before MPs within hours of being appointed the new housing and communities secretary

James Brokenshire

The new communities secretary: What you need to knowSubscription

30 April, 2018 By

Mr Brokenshire has been described as a ‘decent’ man, with a wide-ranging political career covering drugs policy, immigration and Northern Ireland policy

Finances

Interserve suffers £244m loss for 2017Subscription

30 April, 2018 By David Price

Chairman Glyn Baker said that an “inefficient operating model” with high overheads had left the firm “exposed to weaknesses” 

Parliament

Analysis: Brexit and austerity will loom over BrokenshireSubscription

30 April, 2018 By

LGC assesses the new housing and communities secretary’s in-tray and any chances of key policy changes 

Child sexual abuse

'Reactive' social services interventions rising as early intervention fallsSubscription

30 April, 2018 By

The number of children issued with child protection plans rose 24% between 2010 and 2016, most likely caused by cuts to early intervention schemes

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Updated: Porter warns of 'risk' as Brokenshire replaces JavidSubscription

30 April, 2018 By

Mr Javid’s appointment as home secretary comes after Amber Rudd resigned last night for misleading MPs over deportation targets

Islington council housing

Judge urges viability assessment review as borough wins affordable housing battle Subscription

30 April, 2018 By

“It might be thought that an opportune moment has arrived… to consider revisiting the guidance… in order to address any misunderstandings” 

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