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LGA says findings reinforce call for councils to be allowed to oversee failing academies
The proposed £30,000 post-Brexit salary threshold for EU migrants risks destabilising the capital’s social care services and hampering efforts to tackle the housing crisis, London Councils has warned.
Report reveals wide variation in spend, activity and quality
The permananet secretary also tells MPs ministry was ‘not surprised’ by the collapse of Northamptonshire CC
Opportunity Pass will offer free bus travel for 16 to 18-year-olds and fulfil manifesto pledge
Property investments are a cause for concern at just “two or three councils”, a senior Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government official has said.
Melanie Dawes tells MPs local government should receive new burdens funding for any new responsibilities
The historic naval city, currently with a population of 264,000, is hoping to grow to 300,000 by 2032.
Like many district councils, Sevenoaks DC has in recent years been forced to respond to dwindling financial support from central government.
“What we wanted to do is to get the right permanent people in post here and then create the right cadre of managers,” says chief executive Eric Robinson.
Two district councils in Buckinghamshire have threatened to take legal action in a bid to prevent the creation of a single unitary authority.
Decision taken to end service which acheived 47% quit rate “due to financial pressures”
Martin Freeman tasked with refocus on Capita’s “core strength”
Steve Rotheram reverses previous policy for Liverpool City Region
Northern LGPS has chosen Paul Doughty (Lab) as its new chair, replacing Ian Greenwood (Lab) after his death in November.
Auditors unable to judge sustainability until spending review completed
The government is “minded” to return to a notional, rather than actual, assessment of council tax levels when determining a council’s funding under the new formula.
Rurality will be more central to the new formula than deprivation
From hotels and shopping malls to leisure and commercial waste management, councils are adopting varying strategies in the search for income.
Cambridgeshire guards position over turbulence at Northamptonshire
The London Collective Investment Vehicle (CIV) has chosen Mike O’Donnell as its new chief executive, beginning on 4 March.
Ofsted acknowledges improvements under the council-owned trust
High turnover disrupts policy and project delivery says IfG
The creation of the NHS’ first integrated care trust has been delayed until 2020, due to the complexity of the contractual model.
Our survey of senior local government officers reveals the expectations and priorities for commercial activity.
Allerdale and Birmingham among authorities boosting council tax on vacant properties
Cabinet member resigns over threat to ‘trade union comrades’ as waste dispute flares up again
The region’s combined authority has embarked on a second round of consultation
NHS England accused of talking down local government’s deivery of public health services
Assistant director to move from Birmingham City Council
A voluntary partnership agreement is expected to be signed in June
Proposal follows evidence of financial malpractice within repairs service
Government oversight of local governance arrangements must improve if councils are to cope with the increasing financial strain they are under, according to a critical report from the National Audit Office.
laura church Laura Church Laura Church joined Luton BC 30 years ago.
Councils are to be handed new powers to tackle domestic emissions as part of a government drive to improve air quality.
Departure announced after 13 years to pursue “new challenges
Lib Peck (Lab) announces her departure after six years as leader
Unison is calling for the 11 Scottish local government pension funds to merge into a single £42bn fund, following an official consultation that has split the sector.
Call for government to support cuncils to scrap bulk waste collection fees
Buckinghamshire districts reject county untary order
Homes near stations could reduce urban sprawl and car traffic
In his first interview as Solace president, Martin Swales sets out his ambitions for his tenure
A commentary on auditors feeling ignored by councils
Recovery services co-designed by council, community and NHS
Online retailer paid just £63m on UK revenues of £8bn
Bournemouth’s Jane Portman failed to secure top post at successor unitary
National Audit Office warns of ‘significant weaknesses’ in local governance posing ‘risk to public money’
Funding will focus in parts of the country with high levels of rough sleeping
Research reveals £806m more than planned was spent in 2017-18
The chief executive of Public Health England says there will be a joint review of how best to improve joined-up working between the NHS and local government on prevention and determinants of health.
Jenny Rowlands recommended as Mike Cooke’s replacement
Commission warns thousands more people could be forced into homelessness
Corby BC proposes “evolutionary model’ beyond 2020
Former leader accused of acting unlawfully slams report as a “whitewash”.
Ofsted inpection found Bronley LBC is ”is “making a profound difference to improving the lives of children in Bromley”.
Health and social care secretary challenged on timing of delayed proposals during Commons debate
Gareth Davies, the head of UK public services for Mazars, has been put forward by the prime minister and chair of the public accounts committee as the National Audit Office’s next comptroller and auditor general.
Local government figures described the plan as a “missed opportunity”.
The government says it has committed [through the NHS funding settlement] “to ensure that adult social care funding is such that it does not impose any additional pressure on the NHS over the coming five years”.
It is understood the NHS is ready to take these public health functions back from local government, if the Treasury does not otherwise put sufficient money into public health via councils.
Problem drinkers and smokers who end up in hospital will be helped by dedicated new services, as part of the new NHS long-term plan, according to those behind the strategy, LGC’s sister title Nursing Times reports.
A new “same day” model for emergency departments and a further cash boost for primary and community services are to be set out in the NHS long-term plan, being launched today.
Rokhsana Fiaz calls for review in “culture and practices” which developed under her predecessor
Heather Smith reportedly said she does not believe her ”presence will serve any useful purpose any more to the council”.
Up to 6,000 lives and £500m in costs could be saved by the NHS under reforms set out in the new NHS patient safety strategy, it has emerged.
Joseph Ejiofor says he needs a cabinet “that works closely together”.
Four sites in the East Midlands to share £500,000
Merger being considered as part of the spending review, although the plan has reportedly not yet received the prime minister’s support
About £640m of the specialised mental health budget has already been handed over to groups of providers in 17 areas
Test effectively means a higher proportion of patients do not receive an official assessment for NHS-funded continuing healthcare
Former Trafford MBC leader Sean Anstee (Con) and Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes (Lab) have also received CBEs
Office for environmental protection to take on legal powers of enforcement instead of the European Commission after Brexit
Government gives in to calls for flagship anti-extremism programme to be independently reviewed
Duncan Sharkey is currently a director at Milton Keynes Council
The first findings from Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy’s resilience index raise concerns over financial stability of some councils
Warning vital prevention services are under threat
Two other senior appointments made by the councils which share a management team and many services
“The extra costs associated with retaining or phasing trees will be met in full by the council’s contractor and there will be no additional cost to the taxpayer”
County councils set to gain most from use of projected child population formula
Of the 72,929 homes sold since right-to-buy discounts were increased in April 2012, just 20,746 replacements have been started or acquired
“Big savings have been included in public budget documents related to this contract being delivered on time.”
Local authority pension funds are lukewarm over their asset managers’ approach to environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors
The funding is for 2019-20, and it is to be specifically used for core Brexit activity including deal and no deal preparations
Inspectors who visited Leeds in October found multi-agency partnerships strive to support children and families “at the lowest level of intervention”
Report an unnamed minister said adult social care reform was a “likely casualty” of accelerated Whitehall preparations for a no-deal Brexit
Housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire commits to implementing all of the recommendations contained in the Hackitt review
“In our view [Kensington & Chelsea RBC] have not yet made sufficient progress in recovery”
Standardised waste collections and weekly food waste collections across the country proposed
Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz (Lab) warns of possible delay in recruiting a permanent chief exective due to a high number of senior vacancies in the sector
Nearly half of CCGs were rated as ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ in 2017-18, while 36% (75 of 207) collectively overspent by £213m over the period
The local government minister says it is not up to him to dictate from Whitehall
DIGEST: Residents of an Ealing LBC estate have overwhelmingly backed proposals to rebuild their estate in the first instance in London of consent being given through a mandatory ballot.
Our round-up of the latest job moves and appointments.
Pledge follows warnings from councils on budget overspends.
“The council believes that public funding, held by the charity, may have been used in breach of trust”