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Regen funds to be withheld if residents vote against plans Subscription

18 July, 2018 By

New rules introduced by London mayor Sadiq Khan introduce a mandatory ballot when demolition is proposed 

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Call for less grass cutting to boost pollinator population Subscription

18 July, 2018 By

Bid to boost the poplulation of bees, butterflies and moths 

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MPs call for extension of proposed cladding banSubscription

18 July, 2018 By

Report says a system of building regulation that  ”inspires confidence that residents can be safe and secure” is no closer

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Haringey votes to end controversial development vehicleSubscription

18 July, 2018

Council now set to proceed with an alternative council-owned development company.

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Chief and leader resign from Capita joint venture boardSubscription

17 July, 2018 By

Move to prevent a conflict of interest as council reviews its contracts with the outsourcing company 

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Ministry: infrastructure spend 'must earn LGPS money'Subscription

17 July, 2018 By Jimmy Nicholls

The civil servant overseeing local government pensions has said investments in UK infrastructure ”must earn LGPS money”, countering the perception that funds are obliged to channel money in that direction.

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District/contractor waste dispute hinges on public blame for contaminationSubscription

17 July, 2018 By Mark Smulian

A dispute between Amey and Gloucester City Council has continued over who is responsible for contaminating recyclables, with the council blaming Amey and Amey saying members of the public are at fault.

Joseph Ejiofor

Haringey leader interviewed: 'We're not a Momentum council' Subscription

16 July, 2018 By

Haringey LBC’s new left-wing leader has insisted the authority is not a “Momentum council” and admitted residents will judge his administration on its ability to successfully run services.

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Monthly record set for DTOC reductionsSubscription

16 July, 2018 By

Largest monthly decrease in delayed transfers since targets were set

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Liverpool names new proposed chief Subscription

13 July, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Ged Fitzgerald’s successor approved by appointments panel

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HDV company threatens legal action ahead of Haringey voteSubscription

13 July, 2018 By

A report to be considered by a Haringey’s cabinet on Tuesday recommends the council withdraws immediately from negotiations with Landlease as the successful bidder.

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Time to enter the LGC Awards 2019Subscription

13 July, 2018

Three new categories added, making 21 in all

Geoff Driver

Lancashire in halal meat controversySubscription

13 July, 2018 By Mark Smulian

County bans provision to schools of meat from un-stunned animals

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Yorkshire leaders defy Brokenshire on devo bidSubscription

13 July, 2018 By Mark Smulian

One Yorkshire backers call government response ‘disappointing’

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Sleep-in shifts liability ruling overturned Subscription

13 July, 2018 By

A tribunal ruling that social care staff should be paid the national living wage for sleep-in shifts, which would cost providers an estimated £400m, has been overturned by the Court of Appeal.

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Ombudsman urges more service improvementsSubscription

12 July, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Increase in cases upheld and service recommendations

John Coughlan

Bucks commissioner: two-unitary county would put children at risk Subscription

12 July, 2018 By

Mr Coughlan said he ”cannot make this point strongly enough”.

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Nottinghamshire votes to seek county unitarySubscription

12 July, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Nottingham warns move will see it want extended boundary

Theresa Grant

Grant set to be appointed Northants chiefSubscription

12 July, 2018 By

Former Trafford MBC chief executive to replace Andrew Quincey

Rob Whiteman

Whiteman: children's services 'volatility' could see five follow NorthantsSubscription

12 July, 2018 By

Volatility in children’s services spending could rapidly tip a series of councils over the financial cliff edge, the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy has warned.

Rob Whiteman

Finance officers being axed for telling truth, warns WhitemanSubscription

12 July, 2018 By

The widespread demotion of finance directors is resulting in councils avoiding acknowledging the truth about the scale of their financial challenge, Rob Whiteman has warned.

Matthew Hancock

Health leaders urge Hancock to 'grasp social care challenge' Subscription

12 July, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Health leaders say plan for NHS alone would be insufficient

Susie Kemp

Swindon interim chief set for permanent roleSubscription

12 July, 2018 By

Ms Kemp took on the role on an interim basis following the recent retirement of John Gilbert.

Stuart Davy, chief executive of East Lindsey DC

District chief announces retirementSubscription

11 July, 2018 By

Council “considering next steps” over future recruitment options.

Matthew Hancock

Who is Matt Hancock?Subscription

11 July, 2018 By Sharon Brennan

Matt Hancock will head the Department of Health and Social Care after Jeremy Hunt - the longest serving health secretary in history - was moved to the Foreign Office.

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Former minister: 'underfunding' hitting high-risk children supportSubscription

11 July, 2018 By

Research by all-party parliamentary group found “woeful underfunding” causing significant variation in support  

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Warning of 'unsustainable' strain due to universal credit rent debtSubscription

11 July, 2018 By

“It is concerning that as the roll out continues and the total arrears figure grows so too does the negative impact upon landlords’ finances”

Gill Steward

London borough chief 'very sad' over departureSubscription

10 July, 2018 By

“Change in personal circumstances” leads to “new leadership arrangements”

Mike Suarez

Chief resigns at police probe unitarySubscription

10 July, 2018 By

Departure follows long-running investigation

Becky Shaw

County set to cut to 'core offer' Subscription

10 July, 2018 By

Chief executive says services will be focused on those in “most urgent need”.

Matthew Hancock

'Political mayhem' prompts social care green paper concern Subscription

10 July, 2018 By

The LGA is to urgently seek assurances from government that the delayed social care green paper will still be published in the autumn, as promised

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Met offers £2m to stop hospital's plan to transfer staff to companySubscription

10 July, 2018 By Lawrence Dunhill

“I don’t think we’re going to ask for the money back, because we’re working towards an integrated care organisation with the NHS”

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As it happened: Brokenshire on Brexit, devolution and financesSubscription

9 July, 2018

Housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire is to appear before the Commons’ Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee from 4pm. It is the first time he has been questioned by the committee since being appointed secretary of state.

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Northants interim chief and CFO resignSubscription

9 July, 2018 By

Interviews for a new chief executive begin today

Izzi Seccombe

Digest: Unmet social care needs risingSubscription

9 July, 2018 By

There has been a sharp rise in the number of vulnerable older people being left to fend for themselves, according to research.

Dominic Raab

Malthouse becomes housing minister after Raab is promotedSubscription

9 July, 2018 By

Mr Raab’s replacement will be the 17th housing minister in 20 years.

Andy Burnham

Burnham bemoans lack of regional power Subscription

6 July, 2018 By Jimmy Nicholls

Greater Manchester mayor accuses the government of reneging on promises of further devolution

Ofsted’s national director for social care Yvette Stanley

Report: Traumatised older children often 'unseen' Subscription

6 July, 2018 By

Regulators says vulnerable children often treated as the problem rather than victims

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EU negotiator: councils could access funding post-BrexitSubscription

5 July, 2018 By

Stefaan de Rynck warns Brexit is a “lose/lose proposition”

Lord Porter

Porter sorry for ‘inappropriate’ joke at LGA conferenceSubscription

5 July, 2018 By Jimmy Nicholls

Lord Porter (Con) has apologised following criticism over a joke he made referring to women as “birds” at the Local Government Association conference in Birmingham.

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Newham mayor heckled on social care funding questionSubscription

5 July, 2018 By Jimmy Nicholls

Newham LBC’s new elected mayor has faced heckles at the Local Government Association conference over her calls for more government funding for social care without explaining where the money would come from.

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PAC: Government lacks full understanding of councils' financial woeSubscription

5 July, 2018 By

Meg Hillier MP says the situation “beggars belief”.

Clive Betts

Government plans for fracking 'hugely harmful' to local democracySubscription

5 July, 2018 By

The government’s planning reforms for fracking run counter to the “spirit of localism”, the CLG committee has warned.

Duncan Selbie

Social care green paper to include younger adults Subscription

5 July, 2018 By

A director general at the Department of Health and Social Care admits NHS and older people had dominated discussions

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'Bricks and mortar retailing cannot anchor high streets,' councils toldSubscription

4 July, 2018 By

Local government must recognise the inevitable effects of technological advances and their naturally disruptive effects on the UK economy, a report launched Tuesday has warned.

Lord Porter

Porter criticised by female councillors over ‘birds’ jokeSubscription

4 July, 2018 By Jimmy Nicholls

Female councillors have criticised the Local Government Association chair after he made a joke from the podium in which he described women as “birds”.

Kate Kennally, Cornwall

Kate Kennally: Cornwall will control its own destinySubscription

4 July, 2018 By

Cornwall’s chief executive tells reporter Robert Cusack Cornwall’s problems are being turned into its solutions.

Jonathan Werran

Jonathan Werran appointed Localis chiefSubscription

4 July, 2018 By

Jonathan Werran has been appointed chief executive with immediate effect

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Stressed and overworked: 60% of senior staff consider quittingSubscription

4 July, 2018 By ,

Survey raises concerns that workloads are becoming unmanageable

Nick Page

Nick Page: 'Work exacerbated my mental health condition'Subscription

4 July, 2018 By

Solihull MBC’s chief executive talks to David Paine about living with stress, depression and anxiety and why the sector needs to do more to support staff 

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LGC workplace stress survey: full resultsSubscription

4 July, 2018

LGC research reveals local government’s stress crisis

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Brexit minister: New delivery board will ensure resources Subscription

3 July, 2018 By

Suella Braverman says formalised talks will have “big impact”.

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Brokenshire: councils are 'an incredible force for good'Subscription

3 July, 2018 By

James Brokenshire has spoken warmly of councils as being the “bedrock of our democracy” but said little about their financial plight in his flagship Local Government Association conference speech.

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Theresa Grant and Charlie Adan quit following changes in political controlSubscription

3 July, 2018 By

At least one council may be looking to recruit a new replacement in the very near future.

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More pain to come, LGA to warnSubscription

3 July, 2018 By

Councils should expect “more pain to come” without increased investment from national government, the Local Government Association is expected to warn to today at the start of its annual conference.

Kate Henderson

Henderson: 'Demoralised' planners need to push for place at top tableSubscription

3 July, 2018 By

“You can’t make great places without planners and I think the change is going to have to come from the ground up.”

Birmingham

Birmingham 'failed' to address Kerslake improvementsSubscription

3 July, 2018 By

The council exceeded its planned use of reserves by 35% in the previous financial year.

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LGA warns of £8bn 'black hole' in council financesSubscription

3 July, 2018 By

The LGA found that spending on adult and children’s social care in 2017-18 was greater than that raised by council taxes.

David Behan

CQC calls for health and social care 'equality'Subscription

3 July, 2018 By

Report calls for new legislation to speed up integration

Social housing

LGA sounds warning over social housing omissionSubscription

2 July, 2018 By

The definition of affordable homes under the new NPPF faces fresh scrutiny.

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Jamieson wins LGA Tory leader voteSubscription

29 June, 2018 By

Controversy surrounds Cllr Jamieson’s win, as ”convention requires that you don’t stand against an incumbent”.

Nick Rushton

Another county seeks reorganisationSubscription

29 June, 2018 By

Nick Rushton describes the two-tier system as ”broken, bureaucratic, old fashioned, confusing and inefficient”

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Joining health, social care and housing in NottinghamshireSubscription

29 June, 2018 By

LGC visited Mansfield to see integration efforts at first hand

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Research: financial stresses remain despite stabilisation of reservesSubscription

29 June, 2018 By Adrian Jenkins

Analysis of usable revenue reserves reveals changes for different types of council

Neil Jack

Neil Jack: Creative intervention is key by the sea Subscription

29 June, 2018 By

Blackpool BC’s chief executive talks to Jon Bunn about how government policies discourage councils from ’doing the right thing’ for residents

Sadiq Khan

Mayor threatens Barnet with intervention over end of food waste collectionsSubscription

29 June, 2018 By Andrea Lockerbie

London mayor Sadiq Khan (Lab) vowed to use his powers to block Barnet LBC’s proposal to stop separate household food waste collections.

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Danger cladding high-rise count jumps by half in a monthSubscription

28 June, 2018 By

The number of high-rise buildings identified as having potentially dangerous cladding has jumped by 50% in one month, according to the government.

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Children's services expenditure growing faster than any other sectorSubscription

28 June, 2018 By

National spending on looked-after children for 2018-19 is expected to increase 9.1% year-on-year.

James Brokenshire and James Palmer

Mayor on collision course with ministers over £400m city deal cashSubscription

28 June, 2018 By

James Brokenshire warns funding at risk if leaders cannot work together

Nick Walkley

Government calls for greater diversity in housingSubscription

27 June, 2018 By

The Secretary of State and head of Homes England have both called for greater diversity

Paul Carter

Carter: Counties need £700m to get through to fair funding reviewSubscription

27 June, 2018 By

“Extraordinary” savings made by counties over the previous eight years “can’t be extrapolated indefinitely” and must be supported through additional government funding, the chair of the County Councils Network has said.

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Unitary moots reverting to district status amid financial struggleSubscription

27 June, 2018 By Jimmy Nicholls

Twenty years after the council gained unitary status, chief executive Steve Parrock has been instructed to “review all options” for reorganisation

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Cutting edge social care: five ideas to ease the sector's crisisSubscription

27 June, 2018 By

LGC has asked five technological or organisational innovators for their predictions

Melanie Dawes

Melanie Dawes: Grenfell was a 'defining moment' for housingSubscription

26 June, 2018 By

Ministry’s permanent secretary said the fire will “carry on being a defining moment for housing for many years to come” 

James Brokenshire

Extra borrowing and social housing cash limited to pressure areasSubscription

26 June, 2018 By

Councils are also being encouraged to bid for a share of £1bn extra borrowing to build homes

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Greater Manchester borrowed £500m to end PFI waste dealSubscription

26 June, 2018 By Greg Pitcher

Figure revealed in statement of accounts

Terrie Alafat

CIH calls on government to abandon right-to-buySubscription

26 June, 2018 By

“If we are supporting people to own their own home, it cannot be at the expense of everyone else”

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City centres urged to end reliance on retailSubscription

26 June, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Centre for Cities says vacant stores should be used for homes and jobs

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Letwin: Land-banking should be tackled through diversificationSubscription

25 June, 2018 By

A surfeit of “relatively homogeneous” new-build homes has reduced market demand and therefore diminished supply from house builders, the former Cabinet Office minister Sir OIiver Letwin has reported in his latest analysis of UK land banking.

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Valuation errors delay doomed council's auditSubscription

25 June, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Valuer used figures from wrong region

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People news: Cipfa unveils new local government lead Subscription

25 June, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Our round-up of the latest job moves and appointments

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Public 'willing to pay more council tax' for certain servicesSubscription

25 June, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Polling for Localis finds public health spend would be most popular

Bridget Rosewell

Review seeks to speed up planning appeals processSubscription

22 June, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Bridget Rosewell to seek ways to speed up planning inquiries

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NHS trusts overturn Lancashire's £100m Virgin Care contractSubscription

22 June, 2018 By Nick Carding

Two Lancashire trusts win procurement case against Lancashire CC

Stewart Murray

Stewart Murray: 'Regeneration shouldn't be a dirty word'Subscription

22 June, 2018 By

Waltham Forest LBC’s new strategic director of regeneration talks about creating opportunities for residents through the power of positivism

Landfill

Blow to bid to remove council waste collection VAT breakSubscription

22 June, 2018 By Greg Pitcher

Court of Appeal to decide on whether to accept the case which could cost councils up to £77m a year

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Auditors question county's savings planSubscription

22 June, 2018 By Mark Smulian

“We know we need to deliver more of our planned savings and have taken steps to make improvements”

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Dozen to explore digital care innovationsSubscription

21 June, 2018 By Mark Smulian

NHS Digital and LGA fund social care pilots

Kate Henderson

New National Housing Federation chief executive announcedSubscription

21 June, 2018 By

The new chief executive has played a key role in a number of planning reviews

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Sunderland appoints new chief to replace Irene LucasSubscription

21 June, 2018 By

“I’m very proud to have been given this opportunity to join Sunderland City Council”

Police

Police hand file on council contract to prosecutorsSubscription

21 June, 2018 By Mark Smulian

“The investigation has taken some time but it is good to know that this matter has progressed and is now closer to resolution”

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Subsidising bus services is 'nearly impossible' for councilsSubscription

21 June, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Almost half of all routes under threat of subsidy loss

Child

'Uncontrollable factors driving variation in children's spend'Subscription

21 June, 2018 By

New report “debunks” government claims of inefficiency, says LGA

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Reports back counties' bid for plan powersSubscription

20 June, 2018 By Mark Smulian

CCN seeks revival of county level structure planning

May and LEPs

May tells LEPs to improve diversity of leadershipSubscription

20 June, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Prime minister holds first Council of LEP chairs

Barry Quirk

'K&C culture still hasn't changed': Grenfell UnitedSubscription

20 June, 2018 By

The council leader said popular trust would take “a generation” to repair.

Northamptonshire CC headquarters One Angel Square

Northants settles £8m public health dispute after 'misspending' rowSubscription

20 June, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Northamptonshire in deal with Public Health England

LGA

Simmonds faces challenger for LGA Tory leadershipSubscription

20 June, 2018 By

LGA’s political control unlikely to change in 2019, meaning these runners could become the future LGA chair.

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As it happened: Grenfell United: K&C lacking respect for survivorsSubscription

20 June, 2018 By

Grenfell United are speaking with the CLG committee this morning on their interaction with Kensington & Chelsea RBC

Jeremy Hunt

Disappointment at social care green paper delaySubscription

19 June, 2018 By

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced the green paper will be delayed until the autumn

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