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“It is now undeniable that the current system and funding levels are not sustainable”
LGC’s essential daily briefing
Time off for two ministers dealing with two different health-related issues
“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”
“Christchurch BC and the majority of our residents remain opposed to local government reorganisation in Dorset”
County also agrees improvement partnerships
“It is more important than ever that those charged with governance are able to make properly-informed decisions based on clear and robust information”
“There cannot be simply more abdication of responsibilities to an already over stretched and ill resourced local government sector”
Proposed changes to English planning law for shale gas developments will not apply at the exploratory stage, the housing minister has said
“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”
The Care Quality Commission has assumed standards in the health and social care sectors could deteriorate in 2018-19
The government should give the Care Quality Commission new powers to inspect and rate local health systems, says outgoing chief executive
“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 warns of “dire” consequences without funding boost
Former Treasury advisor’s appointment approved
Ofsted identifies “encouraging progress” following repeated ‘inadequate’ ratings
The 29-year old is “incredibly proud”
“The government’s plans pervert the planning process and could make England’s landscape a Wild West for whatever cowboy wants to start drilling”
“It is essential that steps are now taken to manage ongoing budget pressures and the delivery of agreed savings for 2018-19 and beyond”
Landmark Court of Appeal decision due within weeks
LGC analyses some of the biggest issues pressing for the new housing and communities secretary’s attention
The land will be used for housing, half of which will be designated affordable while 22 units will be reserved for clinical staff
Fresh from publishing her review of building regulations and fire safety, Dame Judith Hackitt answers questions from MPs
Dame Judith Hackitt defends decision not to call for a ban on desktop studies
Housing and communities secretary announces government will start a consultation on banning use of combustible materials on high rise tower blocks
Ombudsman says at least 172 people affected
County council warned it “will only have sufficient resources to balance its budget for one more year”
The housing and communities secretary extended the consultation period for reorganisation in Northamptonshire by four weeks on Thursday.
Disappointment as review, led by Dame Judith Hackitt, stops short of calling for a ban on combustible materials and the use of desktop studies
A new and innovative scheme which places planning experts and architects in local government planning departments has been launched by Sadiq Khan
The mayor of London has announced a major new program that aims to start construction on 10,000 new homes by 2022.
“I can today confirm that the government will fully fund the removal and replacement of dangerous cladding by councils and housing associations”
County council receives an ‘inadequate’ rating although Ofsted acknowledges evidence of ‘positive change’
Figures for March could suggest slowing of improvement.
LGA chair Lord Porter (Con) calls the divergence in staffing structures “worse than double standards”
Experts say government faces choice between improved means-testing and free care.
Unsecured loan to be issued “on the basis that all liabilities of a foundation trust are protected by the Department of Health”
“I promised to the people of the Tees Valley that our airport should be run by the people, for the people.”
Nick Raynsford says the planning system is in need of “radical, root-and-branch” reform
The chief executive of Liverpool City Council has resigned, LGC understands
Finance director’s departure comes one month after “alarming” problems with borough’s finance systems were revealed
“There is a growing concern from county leaders that overspends on special educational needs will soon become unsustainable”
“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 has been ousted as leader of Suffolk CC’s ruling Conservatives (Con).
Commission highlights lengthy waiting lists and “endless confusion”.
Lesley Hagger to depart ahead of the publication of an Ofsted report.
The Conservatives remain the largest party on the LGA following last week’s elections
Liam Booth-Smith is to leave his role as chief executive of the right-leaning localist thinktank Localis.
Returning officers trialing voter ID registration have told LGC of the benefits the system could produce if it were to be rolled out nationally
Evidence session on the sustainability of local government
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.
Claire Kober’s successor elected at a meeting last night
Possible savings attributed to potential reorganisation in Somerset are “unrealistic”, according to all five leaders of Somerset’s district councils
LGC’s round-up of results in councils deemed of particular interest
Influential committee of cross-party MPs fears government underestimates the scale of the challenge.
Government ordered Croydon LBC to develop plan following children’s social care failings
Professors Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher examine the impact of 2018’s local polls for LGC
Council leader praises candidate’s “outstanding abilities”
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.
“In a way it is good for democracy that people are participating in elections but there were hundreds of activists not from [the area]”
“Despite the company’s significant profits, it refuses to pay the workers who make them the profits decent pay and conditions”
“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”
“We have been clear during negotiations that more must be done to improve recycling rates”
“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.”
“Voters felt the Conservative party was showing leadership in the national interest in a way they felt… Jeremy Corbyn simply wasn’t”
“We have to make sure we work with the government to make sure that unnecessary barriers [to voting] are not left in place”
The party has triumphed in Hackney, Lewisham and Newham LBCs
Three councils where significant local controversy has not had any major impact at the ballot box
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
Keep up to date with the local election results with LGC’s interactive map
Labour fell just two seats short of the Conservatives in 2014 but failed to build on that result from four years ago
Labour made only marginal gains across London in the 2018 local election, winning no new councils in the capital overnight.
Labour has so far largely failed to make the breakthroughs it anticipated on a night in which a Ukip wipeout largely benefitted the Tories.
“I think this is one of those ideas that get discussed at some length, but I have some doubts it will come to anything”
Tens of thousands of young people are homeless or facing the risk of homelessness after seeking help from their local council
Stay up-to-date with LGC’s analysis and commentary of this year’s local elections
New housing and communities secretary speaks to LGC about reorganisation and the sector’s financial pressures is his first interview in the role
“At a time of unprecedented financial pressures on all councils we are all looking at different ways to be more efficient”
George Osborne has spoken of his “frustrations” over government spending, calling for a more collaborative system of governance.
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
Plans to set up an an improvement board aimed at monitoring the financial management and governance at Northamptonshire CC
“I am really pleased to be joining the Care Quality Commission at a time of challenge for both health and social care”
Founding member authorities “will be able to formally join” the mutual “in the coming weeks and months”
The chair of the CLG Committee has called for a ban on desktop studies in his first letter to the new communities secretary.
“Councils are absolutely determined to make sure that children get the best start in life”
“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”
County council’s new chief executive tells Robert Cusack he wants to empower staff to drive a culture of improvement
“He’s very efficient. He’s quite strategic and data-driven”
James Brokenshire is due to appear before MPs within hours of being appointed the new housing and communities secretary
Mr Brokenshire has been described as a ‘decent’ man, with a wide-ranging political career covering drugs policy, immigration and Northern Ireland policy
Chairman Glyn Baker said that an “inefficient operating model” with high overheads had left the firm “exposed to weaknesses”
LGC assesses the new housing and communities secretary’s in-tray and any chances of key policy changes
The number of children issued with child protection plans rose 24% between 2010 and 2016, most likely caused by cuts to early intervention schemes
Mr Javid’s appointment as home secretary comes after Amber Rudd resigned last night for misleading MPs over deportation targets
“It might be thought that an opportune moment has arrived… to consider revisiting the guidance… in order to address any misunderstandings”