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Wigan's new chief vows to continue 'amazing legacy'Subscription

23 January, 2019 By

Donna Hall’s successor revealed

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Academy trusts are not transparent or accountable, MPs warnSubscription

23 January, 2019 By Tom de Castella

LGA says findings reinforce call for councils to be allowed to oversee failing academies

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London Councils warns Javid over £30k immigration threshold Subscription

23 January, 2019 By

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.


NAO: DfE does not understand children's social care demand Subscription

23 January, 2019 By

Report reveals wide variation in spend, activity and quality

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Dawes revises 'statutory services only' comments Subscription

22 January, 2019 By

The permananet secretary also tells MPs ministry was ‘not surprised’ by the collapse of Northamptonshire CC 

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Council tax rise to fund Burnham’s bus pass policySubscription

22 January, 2019 By Mark Wilding

Opportunity Pass will offer free bus travel for 16 to 18-year-olds and fulfil manifesto pledge

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Small number of property investments spark ministry concern Subscription

22 January, 2019 By

Property investments are a cause for concern at just “two or three councils”, a senior Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government official has said.

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Dawes: No-deal Brexit could mean councils take on ports roleSubscription

22 January, 2019 By

Melanie Dawes tells MPs local government should receive new burdens funding for any new responsibilities

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Plymouth: 'We're not scared to invest to tackle market failure'Subscription

22 January, 2019 By Jimmy Nicholls

The historic naval city, currently with a population of 264,000, is hoping to grow to 300,000 by 2032.

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Sevenoaks: 'Our funding gap couldn't be filled just by saving'Subscription

22 January, 2019 By Jimmy Nicholls

Like many district councils, Sevenoaks DC has in recent years been forced to respond to dwindling financial support from central government.

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Wirral: 'It's income generation, not commercialisation'Subscription

22 January, 2019 By Jimmy Nicholls

“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.

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Districts threaten legal action over unitary plans Subscription

21 January, 2019 By Kerry Lorimer

Two district councils in Buckinghamshire have threatened to take legal action in a bid to prevent the creation of a single unitary authority.

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London borough ceases smoking cessation serviceSubscription

21 January, 2019 By Jack Serle

Decision taken to end service which acheived 47% quit rate “due to financial pressures”  

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Capita appoints head of restructured public services armSubscription

21 January, 2019 By

Martin Freeman tasked with refocus on Capita’s “core strength”

LGA backs work on tourist taxSubscription

18 January, 2019 By Kerry Lorimer

Power would be part of greater fiscal freedom for councils

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CA mayor seeks to impose preceptSubscription

18 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Steve Rotheram reverses previous policy for Liverpool City Region

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Northern LGPS chooses Doughty as chairSubscription

18 January, 2019 By Jimmy Nicholls

Northern LGPS has chosen Paul Doughty (Lab) as its new chair, replacing Ian Greenwood (Lab) after his death in November.

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Social care doubts cloud NHS viabilitySubscription

18 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Auditors unable to judge sustainability until spending review completed


Pat on back for audit serviceSubscription

18 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

PSAA praised as ‘outstading example’ of sector-led work

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Counties welcome fair funding council tax proposalSubscription

18 January, 2019 By Kerry Lorimer

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.

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Fair funding formula proposals spark concern from urban areas Subscription

18 January, 2019 By Kerry Lorimer

Rurality will be more central to the new formula than deprivation 

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Investment, joint venture and trading: How councils seek incomeSubscription

18 January, 2019 By Chris Mahony

From hotels and shopping malls to leisure and commercial waste management, councils are adopting varying strategies in the search for income.

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County makes £1m provision for shared service problemsSubscription

18 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Cambridgeshire guards position over turbulence at Northamptonshire

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London CIV appoints Mike O'Donnell as chief executiveSubscription

17 January, 2019 By Jimmy Nicholls

The London Collective Investment Vehicle (CIV) has chosen Mike O’Donnell as its new chief executive, beginning on 4 March.

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Birmingham children's trust breaks decade of inadequacy Subscription

17 January, 2019 By

Ofsted acknowledges improvements under the council-owned trust


Report says MHCLG lost 'almost a quarter' of staff last yearSubscription

17 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

High turnover disrupts policy and project delivery says IfG

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Plans for first integrated care trust delayed by a yearSubscription

17 January, 2019 By Rebecca Thomas

The creation of the NHS’ first integrated care trust has been delayed until 2020, due to the complexity of the contractual model.

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Revealed: 72% expect rise in commercial revenue within 3 yearsSubscription

17 January, 2019 By Jimmy Nicholls

Our survey of senior local government officers reveals the expectations and priorities for commercial activity.


First councils make use of new empty homes powers Subscription

17 January, 2019 By Mark Wilding

 Allerdale and Birmingham among authorities boosting council tax on vacant properties

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Birmingham threatens refuse workers with injunction Subscription

16 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Cabinet member resigns over threat to ‘trade union comrades’ as waste dispute flares up again

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Mayor seeks views on taking on PCC powers Subscription

16 January, 2019 By Mark Wilding

 The region’s combined authority has embarked on a second round of consultation

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Anger as NHS England accused of public health 'land grab' Subscription

16 January, 2019 By

NHS England accused of talking down local government’s deivery of public health services  

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Pearson's successor at Notts revealedSubscription

15 January, 2019 By

Assistant director to move from Birmingham City Council


Combined authority backs bus allianceSubscription

15 January, 2019 By Mark Wilding

A voluntary partnership agreement is expected to be signed in June

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Newham mayor announces probe into 'culture of weakness' Subscription

15 January, 2019 By

Proposal follows evidence of financial malpractice within repairs service 

Sir Amyas Morse

NAO slams ministry for lack of oversight Subscription

15 January, 2019 By Kerry Lorimer

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.

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Former trainee appointed interim unitary chiefSubscription

14 January, 2019 By

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Gove promises new powers to tackle air quality Subscription

14 January, 2019 By Kerry Lorimer

Councils are to be handed new powers to tackle domestic emissions as part of a government drive to improve air quality.

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'Highest calibre' district chief to retire Subscription

14 January, 2019 By

Departure announced after 13 years to pursue “new challenges

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Lambeth leader to leave for new roleSubscription

14 January, 2019 By

Lib Peck (Lab) announces her departure after six years as leader


Unison backs £42bn Scottish pension mergerSubscription

14 January, 2019 By Jimmy Nicholls

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.


Fly-tipping reaching 'epidemic proportions'Subscription

14 January, 2019 By Katie Coyne

Call for government to support cuncils to scrap bulk waste collection fees

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District opposition creates race against time for reorganisationSubscription

14 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Buckinghamshire districts reject county untary order

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Transport chiefs call to plan homes around railSubscription

11 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Homes near stations could reduce urban sprawl and car traffic


Transferred staff in line to stay in LGPSSubscription

11 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

‘Broadly comparable’ altenative to go

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Exclusive: New president Swales urges cross-sector unitySubscription

11 January, 2019 By

In his first interview as Solace president, Martin Swales sets out his ambitions for his tenure

Why auditors' alarms are ringing unheardSubscription

10 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

A commentary on auditors feeling ignored by councils


LGA gives warning after roof system failsSubscription

10 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Councils told to identify RAAC roofs

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K&C puts £50m into Grenfell fire recoverySubscription

10 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Recovery services co-designed by council, community and NHS

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Amazon business rates bill prompts calls for reformSubscription

10 January, 2019 By Mark Wilding

Online retailer paid just £63m on UK revenues of £8bn

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Departing chief in line for £470,000 packageSubscription

10 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Bournemouth’s Jane Portman failed to secure top post at successor unitary

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Value for money concerns at one in five top tier councilsSubscription

10 January, 2019 By Mark Wilding

National Audit Office warns of ‘significant weaknesses’ in local governance posing ‘risk to public money’


Plan pledges £30m to mental health services for homelessSubscription

9 January, 2019 By Megan Ford

Funding will focus in parts of the country with high levels of rough sleeping


Digest: Children's overspends 'a wake-up call'Subscription

9 January, 2019 By Mark Wilding

Research reveals £806m more than planned was spent in 2017-18 

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Selbie: Public health leadership 'rationale' unchangedSubscription

9 January, 2019 By

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. 

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Director set to become Camden chiefSubscription

9 January, 2019 By

Jenny Rowlands recommended as Mike Cooke’s replacement

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Cross-party call for £3m social homesSubscription

8 January, 2019 By Mark Wilding

Commission warns thousands more people could be forced into homelessness


District bids to delay Northants reorganisation Subscription

8 January, 2019 By Mark Wilding

Corby BC proposes “evolutionary model’ beyond 2020

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Review reveals 'dysfunctional' relationships in Birmingham Subscription

8 January, 2019 By

Former leader accused of acting unlawfully slams report as a “whitewash”.

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Direction lifted as London borough's children's services 'vastly improved'Subscription

8 January, 2019 By Mark Wilding

Ofsted inpection found Bronley LBC is ”is “making a profound difference to improving the lives of children in Bromley”.

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Hancock 'intends' green paper release before AprilSubscription

8 January, 2019Updated: 8 January, 2019 By

Health and social care secretary challenged on timing of delayed proposals during Commons debate

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PM recommends next auditor generalSubscription

7 January, 2019 By

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.

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Warning long-term plan could fail if funding gap remainsSubscription

7 January, 2019 By

Local government figures described the plan as a “missed opportunity”.

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Integrated care systems to take key population health decisionsSubscription

7 January, 2019 By

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”.


Public health functions could return to NHS under long-term planSubscription

7 January, 2019 By Jack Serle

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.

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NHS plan ‘will help problem drinkers and smokers’Subscription

7 January, 2019 By Steve Ford

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.

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NHS long-term plan features new model for A&EsSubscription

7 January, 2019 By James Illman

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.

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Mayor slams 'culture of system weaknesses' in Newham Subscription

7 January, 2019 By

Rokhsana Fiaz calls for review in “culture and practices” which developed under her predecessor

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'Scapegoat' former Northants leader resignsSubscription

4 January, 2019 By

Heather Smith reportedly said she does not believe her ”presence will serve any useful purpose any more to the council”.

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National strategy aims to save half a billion pounds and 6,000 livesSubscription

4 January, 2019 By Shaun Lintern

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.


Haringey leader sacks cabinet members over 'conflicts'Subscription

4 January, 2019 By

Joseph Ejiofor says he needs a cabinet “that works closely together”. 

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Brokenshire to announce funding for manufacturing zonesSubscription

3 January, 2019 By

Four sites in the East Midlands to share £500,000


Ministry 'mooted for axe' as part of departmental merger planSubscription

3 January, 2019 By

Merger being considered as part of the spending review, although the plan has reportedly not yet received the prime minister’s support


Mental health budget worth £1.9bn 'to be devolved'Subscription

3 January, 2019 By Ben Heather

About £640m of the specialised mental health budget has already been handed over to groups of providers in 17 areas

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CCG accused of using 'flawed' test to cut spending on elderlySubscription

3 January, 2019 By Sharon Brennan

Test effectively means a higher proportion of patients do not receive an official assessment for NHS-funded continuing healthcare

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Leading Rotherham figures receive new year's honoursSubscription

2 January, 2019 By

Former Trafford MBC leader Sean Anstee (Con) and Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes (Lab) have also received CBEs


Environment watchdog to 'hold public bodies to account'Subscription

2 January, 2019 By Corin Williams

Office for environmental protection to take on legal powers of enforcement instead of the European Commission after Brexit

Prevent programme to be reviewedSubscription

1 January, 2019Updated: 23 January, 2019 By Tom de Castella

Government gives in to calls for flagship anti-extremism programme to be independently reviewed

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Director set to join royal borough as managing directorSubscription

24 December, 2018 By

Duncan Sharkey is currently a director at Milton Keynes Council

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Warning up to 15% of councils are showing signs of financial failureSubscription

21 December, 2018 By

The first findings from Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy’s resilience index raise concerns over financial stability of some councils

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Public health grant cut 'unnecessary, undesirable and unacceptable'Subscription

21 December, 2018 By

Warning vital prevention services are under threat 

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Districts appoint interim replacement for Sandy HopkinsSubscription

21 December, 2018 By

Two other senior appointments made by the councils which share a management team and many services

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City's investigation into tree dispute droppedSubscription

21 December, 2018 By Rob Horgan

“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”

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London facing annual £57m special educational needs shortfall Subscription

20 December, 2018 By

County councils set to gain most from use of projected child population formula 

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Call to suspend right-to-buy as councils struggle to replace homesSubscription

20 December, 2018 By

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

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Birmingham ‘ran out of time’ to re-procure waste contractSubscription

20 December, 2018 By Katie Coyne

“Big savings have been included in public budget documents related to this contract being delivered on time.”

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Pension funds criticise asset managers over lax ESG approachSubscription

19 December, 2018 By Jimmy Nicholls

Local authority pension funds are lukewarm over their asset managers’ approach to environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors


Councils to benefit from ministry's £35m Brexit cashSubscription

19 December, 2018 By

The funding is for 2019-20, and it is to be specifically used for core Brexit activity including deal and no deal preparations

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City achieves 'outstanding' Ofsted rating as Met improvesSubscription

19 December, 2018 By

Inspectors who visited Leeds in October found multi-agency partnerships strive to support children and families “at the lowest level of intervention”

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Hancock refutes reports of 'shelved' social care green paper Subscription

19 December, 2018 By

Report an unnamed minister said adult social care reform was a “likely casualty” of accelerated Whitehall preparations for a no-deal Brexit

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Vow to put 'residents at the heart' of new building safety regulationsSubscription

18 December, 2018 By

Housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire commits to implementing all of the recommendations contained in the Hackitt review

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K&C 'improves but post-Grenfell change lacks pace'Subscription

18 December, 2018 By

“In our view [Kensington & Chelsea RBC] have not yet made sufficient progress in recovery”

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Gove promises to fund new waste and recycling responsibilitiesSubscription

18 December, 2018 By

Standardised waste collections and weekly food waste collections across the country proposed

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Kerswell extends Newham stay amid recruitment warningSubscription

18 December, 2018 By

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

Sir Amyas Morse

CCGs' failings highlighted as NAO calls for stability Subscription

18 December, 2018 By

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

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Sunak: no 'general clampdown' on council entrepreneursSubscription

17 December, 2018 By

The local government minister says it is not up to him to dictate from Whitehall

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Ealing estate residents are first to back estate rebuildSubscription

17 December, 2018 By

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.

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People news: New unitary names recommended directorsSubscription

17 December, 2018

Our round-up of the latest job moves and appointments.

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£350m funding boost for struggling SEND support Subscription

17 December, 2018 By

Pledge follows warnings from councils on budget overspends. 

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London borough cries 'foul' over football club financeSubscription

17 December, 2018 By Mark Smulian

“The council believes that public funding, held by the charity, may have been used in breach of trust”