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Andrew burns

Cipfa past president to lose job as county seeks £35m savingsSubscription

14 November, 2018 By

Savings to senior management team and back office being sought in bid to protect frontline services

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Team of the Year shortlist announcedSubscription

14 November, 2018

The eagerly-awaited shortlist has been unveiled for the LGC Awards Team of the Year category

Ian Hudspeth

Tax rises backed in bid to secure future of social care servicesSubscription

14 November, 2018 By

“Important step change” as LGA backs proposed solutions “to the more thorny issues” relating to long-term funding for services

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Confidence low among care directors that legal duties can be metSubscription

14 November, 2018 By

“I am worried – very worried – that a small but growing number of colleagues are finding their role almost impossible”

Malcolm newsam

Extra commissioner set to oversee children's services at NorthantsSubscription

13 November, 2018 By

James Brokenshire warns “any deterioration in the performance of Northamptonshire children’s services cannot continue”

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Former Bradford leader and local authority pension fund chair diesSubscription

13 November, 2018 By Jimmy Nicholls

“Many, many people in the council, the pension fund and across the district…will be sharing a huge sense of loss”

David Hodge

Departing county leader attacks cuts and urges care settlementSubscription

13 November, 2018 By

Surrey CC leader David Hodge (Con) calls for a long-term funding settlement for social care services

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Northants' children's services deteriorate amid financial uncertaintySubscription

13 November, 2018 By

Ofsted inspectors find services relating to the county’s multi-agency safeguarding hub “have significantly declined in the past two years”

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London leaders say there is 'no appetite' for reorganisation Subscription

13 November, 2018 By

“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”

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Martin Swales to replace Jo Miller as Solace presidentSubscription

12 November, 2018 By

“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”

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District to appoint new chief after election failingsSubscription

12 November, 2018 By

Former top officer had been suspended after more than 1,000 voters were disenfranchised in 2017 general election

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Surrey leader David Hodge stands downSubscription

12 November, 2018 By

County leader informed Surrey’s Conservative group of his intentions to stand down as group leader on Friday

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Local government pension funds defend climate change stanceSubscription

12 November, 2018 By Jimmy Nicholls

Research by Friends of the Earth and Platform London into 19 UK funds judged most of their climate changes policies inadequate

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Interview: Sir Michael Lyons urges more public-private partnershipsSubscription

12 November, 2018 By

“We will invest [money] and councils will invest land; we will invest side-by-side”

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Five-year funding plan lined up for local roadsSubscription

12 November, 2018 By Connor Ibbetson

“We want to listen to people on the ground in local councils, enterprise partnerships, local institutions and companies and to be guided by them”

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Minister weighs in over Swindon plastics recycling rowSubscription

12 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Borough warned bid to stop collecting plastic for recycling would be “a regressive step”

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County to consider submitting official unitary proposalSubscription

9 November, 2018 By

Cumbria CC is set to vote on whether to approach housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire with a formal proposal

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Unitary imposes spending freezeSubscription

9 November, 2018 By

Chief executive warns “this year’s budget is proving to be a challenge”

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Oxfordshire uncovers major Carillion failings on £123m dealSubscription

9 November, 2018 By Tim Clark

The authority is also involved in a legal dispute with PwC, which is acting on behalf of the official receiver to recover unpaid debts

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Westminster seeks law change to focus tax rises on the wealthiestSubscription

9 November, 2018 By

The voluntary contribution scheme in which wealthy residents were this year encouraged to pay a higher level of council tax raised £0.5m

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Stuart Love: Westminster is 'crying out for a culture change'Subscription

9 November, 2018 By

Westminster City Council’s chief executive talks to LGC editor Nick Golding about social mobility and how scandal has damaged his authority’s reputation

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Sunak to issue guidance against anti-Israel investment policiesSubscription

8 November, 2018 By Jimmy Nicholls

Guidance previously found unlawful by the High Court set to return after a succesful government appeal

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Trio kill off shared IT serviceSubscription

8 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Camden, Haringey and Islington LBCs to go it alone on IT

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Petition urges rethink on ousted chiefSubscription

8 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

More than 1,100 signatures back Ian Thomas following his sudden departure from Lewisham LBC

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Revealed: the areas embroiled in a LEP boundary tug of warSubscription

8 November, 2018 By

Government-imposed move to withdraw overlaps called a ’farcical mess’ 

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Councils warn of rapid rise in children in care numbersSubscription

7 November, 2018 By

Research finds austerity has “undoubtedly impacted on children and families, fuelling demand” for councils’ services

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Ministry seeks applications to help high street regenerationSubscription

7 November, 2018 By

Housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire calls for imaginative solutions to tackle social and economic challenges

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Fewer than half collect infrastructure levy feesSubscription

7 November, 2018 By

The government has responded to concerns over the viability of developer contributions 

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MPs to examine children's services provisionSubscription

7 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Committee to probe funding and innovation

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Orchestra, LGA and lights face cuts as Birmingham seeks savingsSubscription

7 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Birmingham sets out proposed £18m of savings

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Updated: Care provider hits back amid fears over its viabilitySubscription

6 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

CQC warns 84 councils over Allied Healthcare

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Union row over Cornwall's proposed child services integrationSubscription

6 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

“The prospect of means testing for such children’s services, including visits by health visitors, will be an anathema to the vast majority”

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Unitary theatens Highways England with legal action Subscription

6 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Thurrock Council has threatened legal action against Highways England in a dispute over the route of the Lower Thames Crossing.

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New voter ID pilots namedSubscription

5 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Government to test anti-fraud measures in 12 areas

Becky Shaw

Preventative services hit hardest as county sets out 'core offer'Subscription

5 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

East Sussex admits even reduced services may be unsustainable

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Hancock hints at more local health cashSubscription

5 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Health and social care secretary seeks shift of funding focus from hospitals to primary and community care

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PFI to live on despite Hammond 'axe'Subscription

5 November, 2018 By Rob Horgan, Emily Ashwell

Infrastructure lawyers are sceptical about chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement that PFI and PF2 contracts will be abolished

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Councils want to build 18 times more homes than they expect toSubscription

5 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Build rate 18 times lower than desired outcomes

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Interim named after Lewisham chief Ian Thomas' sudden departureSubscription

2 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Director steps up for second time to become borough’s interim chief

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Devo deal done for North of TyneSubscription

2 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside secure bid

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Care crisis drives county to job lossesSubscription

2 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Worcestershire opens voluntary redundancy scheme

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LGC Awards 2019 shortlist revealedSubscription

2 November, 2018

Six councils will fight it out to be awarded the prestigious LGC Council of the Year title for 2019

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North found to have unhealthiest high streetsSubscription

2 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

Public health experts call for rates and planning reforms

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County's Tory MPs seek immediate end to reorganisation planSubscription

2 November, 2018 By

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”

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Brokenshire backs single unitary for BuckinghamshireSubscription

1 November, 2018 By

Districts express disappointment at decision as they consider their options

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EU citizens told they can stand for election despite Brexit uncertaintySubscription

1 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

‘Policy intent’ is EU councillors can serve full term 

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Districts hit by new homelessness lawSubscription

1 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

DCN calls for extra funds to meet increased demand

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Unison warns councils after landmark holiday pay winSubscription

1 November, 2018 By Mark Smulian

“What started out as just one case could soon be having an impact far beyond south east London.”

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Southend calls for Crossrail extension and another river crossingSubscription

1 November, 2018 By Rob Horgan

“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”

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Leeds beats Birmingham and Manchester for relocated Channel 4Subscription

31 October, 2018 By

“Leeds put forward a compelling and ambitious strategy for how they could work alongside Channel 4” 

Kit Malthouse

Four blocks with dangerous cladding hold 'no concrete plans' for remediation Subscription

31 October, 2018 By

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.

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Counties held back by 'outdated and inequitable' finance systemSubscription

31 October, 2018 By

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.

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High street retail-to-resi mooted in ministry consultationSubscription

31 October, 2018 By

A new government consultation has been launched into whether high street shops should be redeveloped without planning permission.

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Matt Prosser: Cultural change key to new unitary's success Subscription

31 October, 2018 By

Increased partnership working with town councils in Dorset could help counteract impact of fewer councillors

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Robin Tuddenham: we must amplify this social movementSubscription

31 October, 2018 By

Calderdale MBC’s chief executive talks to Nick Golding 

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Support for vulnerable families 'undermined by short-termism'Subscription

31 October, 2018 By

The Early Intervention Foundation calls for commitment to a long-term strategy as the number of children living in poverty continues to grow 

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West Midlands mayor Andy Street rules out precept until 2020Subscription

30 October, 2018 By

Mayor seeks to secure devolved funding that will replace European monies after Brexit

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Chief leaves after seven months as mayor 'takes new direction'Subscription

30 October, 2018 By

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.

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Combined authorities set to borrow £725mSubscription

30 October, 2018 By

“The main area of uncertainty in this costing relates to the size of the behavioural response.”

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Homes above shops planned as high street redevelopment fund announcedSubscription

29 October, 2018 By

Local authorities are to receive an additional £675m in co-funding to help redevelop their local high streets, the chancellor has announced.

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Hammond pledges cash for roads and regionsSubscription

29 October, 2018 By

A third of extra funding for improving transport links in and around cities will go to areas with mayoral devolution deals

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Letwin review seeks to strengthen local authority planning powersSubscription

29 October, 2018 By

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

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Budget: Hammond ditches PFI contracts for public infrastructureSubscription

29 October, 2018 By Jimmy Nicholls, Nick Carding

The chancellor has announced the Treasury will not sign any more private finance initiative contracts, describing the model as “inflexible and overly complex”.

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Social care benefits from £650m 'short-term fix'Subscription

29 October, 2018 By

Councils have “made a significant contribution to repairing the public finances and this Budget ensures [they] have more resources” to deliver services

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Budget: Councils to be 'fully compensated' for rates reliefSubscription

29 October, 2018 By

Local authorities are to be ”fully compensated” for any loss of income as a result of reductions in business rates, the Treasury has confirmed.

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County chief to become University of London vice-chancellorSubscription

29 October, 2018 By

Former advisor to prime minister Tony Blair to leave local government

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Pension fund revives efforts to change Ryanair leadershipSubscription

29 October, 2018 By Jimmy Nicholls

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

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Chancellor: Mental health's share of NHS spend will increaseSubscription

29 October, 2018 By Rebecca Thomas

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

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Budget reaction: Reeves - we must cope with sticking plasters againSubscription

29 October, 2018

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.

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Outer London boroughs fear squeeze in fair funding reviewSubscription

26 October, 2018 By

Government urged not to divert even more money away from the capital amid fears it could “fall over”

Kit Malthouse

Ministry to ignore reduced housing projectionsSubscription

26 October, 2018 By

“The government has considered whether it needs to change its aspirations for housing supply… It has decided it is not right”

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Counties make children's services progress but challenges remain Subscription

26 October, 2018 By

Gloucestershire and Worcestershire CCs underwent Ofsted monitoring visits earlier this month 

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Universal credit unfairly passing on costs to councilsSubscription

26 October, 2018 By

The administration of universal credit has not been met with sufficient central funding to match local need, the public accounts committee has found

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Revealed: The areas with sharpest rises in child protection plansSubscription

25 October, 2018 By

The numbers of children made the subject of a protection plan increased by the highest rate in four years   

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Vast majority have no Brexit plan despite gloomy outlook Subscription

25 October, 2018 By

Concerns councils are being kept in the dark about the impact of Brexit on their area

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Scottish LGPS hostile to pooling assets for pension fundsSubscription

25 October, 2018 By Jimmy Nicholls

An LGC survey showed that local authority pension funds in Scotland are unconvinced by the model being implemented in England and Wales

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Doubts over social care capacity uncovered in surveySubscription

25 October, 2018 By

“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”

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Transport bosses urge industry to ‘fight’ for HS2 northern sectionSubscription

25 October, 2018 By Rob Horgan

The north and Northern Powerhouse Rail is said to be reliant on HS2 going up to Leeds

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Survey: Stressed staff pushed into borrowing due to low pay Subscription

25 October, 2018 By

Research by Unison finds budget cuts are impacting negatively on workload and morale

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Finance settlement date unveiled ahead of 'huge' funding challengeSubscription

24 October, 2018 By

Ministry says it will try to give councils more certainty and time with budget planning in the future

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Funding allocation for London's £1bn housing fund announcedSubscription

24 October, 2018 By

The mayor of London has announced allocation details of a £1bn grant fund, financing construction on almost 15,000 new homes 

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Call for reversal of 'irresponsible' public health cutsSubscription

24 October, 2018 By

“The long-term consequences of eroding people’s health are likely to prove far more costly than the short term savings made”

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Steve Rotheram holds out 'hope' for further skills devolutionSubscription

24 October, 2018 By

The mayor of the Liverpool City Region CA is anticipating “good news” on further skills devolution in the Budget

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Extra care cash mooted ahead of greater council tax freedomSubscription

24 October, 2018 By ,

‘Enormous step change’ in ministry’s approach to discussions in Whitehall

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Mayors call for post-Brexit decentralisationSubscription

23 October, 2018 By

A joint statement by seven combined authority mayors and the mayor of London demands full devolution 

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Interim chief departs as unitary's search for replacement continuesSubscription

23 October, 2018 By

Deputy chief to step up following resignation

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Geoff Mulgan: become 'digital place-makers' or lose role to GoogleSubscription

22 October, 2018 By

Concern expressed that councils are preoccupied with coping with cuts and not planning ahead sufficiently for a more connected world

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‘Should NHS take over social care?’ asks Birmingham chiefSubscription

22 October, 2018 By

“Because of where the NHS sits in the national psyche, should it be one system? Should we be running social care at all?”

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Brexit fears causing house-building 'turbulence'Subscription

22 October, 2018 By

Investor confidence remains low due to a lack of clarity around Brexit which is causing a negative effect on the UK housebuilding sector

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Borough slammed over plan to halt plastics recyclingSubscription

22 October, 2018 By Katie Coyne

“I would say to all local authorities ‘please don’t follow this model’.”

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Tighter recycling contamination levels costs councilsSubscription

22 October, 2018 By Corin Williams

“It’s clear that the ban by China on imported waste… could have a marked impact on councils’ ability to recycle”

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Kirklees launches review after child abuse convictionsSubscription

19 October, 2018

Kirklees Metropolitan Council has launched an independent review of its response at the time of the rape and abuse of girls in Huddersfield.

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'I was never treated as a victim' - councils challenged on CSESubscription

19 October, 2018 By

Local government has been lambasted for its use of “impenetrable” language and systems that hinder rather than help prevent children from being abused

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Councils urged to rethink the way services are commissionedSubscription

19 October, 2018 By

Chiefs told when councils do apply a social values approach to commissioning services can be “cheaper, more responsive, innovative and equitable”

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Met leader to step down as staff invited to leaveSubscription

19 October, 2018 By

Chief executive has sent ”standard” letter warning of “significant financial challenges”.

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County makes interim chief permanentSubscription

19 October, 2018 By

“Like every other local authority, Lancashire County Council faces challenges with growing demand and reducing resources.”

Rob Whiteman

Widespread financial failure would be 'catastrophic' for sectorSubscription

19 October, 2018 By

Concerns raised about the quality of council chief executives and the role of auditors

Melanie Dawes

Melanie Dawes: Lifting council tax increase limits 'in play'Subscription

19 October, 2018 By

“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?”

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MPs demand 10-year plan for social care Subscription

19 October, 2018 By

Public Accounts Committee report says the government currently has no effective strategy to integrate the NHS and social care

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Date set for end to HRA borrowing capSubscription

18 October, 2018 By

The government has announced its intention to lift the borrowing cap on Housing Revenue Accounts (HRA) on 30 October.

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