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Mike Short: Unions must be given time and space to support councilsSubscription

15 February, 2019 By Mike Short

There can be no doubt that having fair and robust disciplinary processes in place is important to the smooth running of local authorities.

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First councils approve new members' parental leave policy Subscription

15 February, 2019 By

Councillors have no legal right to maternity leave but a drive by Labour is encouraging authorities to adopt a formal policy 

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Charities warn over Brexit impact on poorSubscription

15 February, 2019 By Mark Smulian

MPs told those on low income worst affected

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LGA urges building for social rentSubscription

15 February, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Failure to build has wasted benefits budget

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How Cheshire East emerged from bullying crisis Subscription

15 February, 2019 By

Acting chief executive Kath O’Dwyer: ‘We were brave and empowered staff’

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Karen Grave: The consequences of getting things wrongSubscription

15 February, 2019 By Karen Grave

Sometimes the consequences of getting things wrong are so important that they give us real pause for thought and cause us to question our practices. 

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London borough reveals preferred chiefSubscription

14 February, 2019 By

Interim to return to her previous role at the council 

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County shortfall 'compromises medium-term priorities'Subscription

14 February, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Staffordshire struggles with ’hallmarks’ of budget best practice


Cash comes forward for 25,000 homesSubscription

14 February, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Brokenshire invokes ‘spirit of post-war push’ for housing

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Updated: High Court rejects union injunction bid over bin strike Subscription

14 February, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Birmingham and Unite both seek injunctions on bins strike


Borough warns over Brexit hate crime and skills gapSubscription

14 February, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Tower Hamlets report has implications ‘across country’


Further friction as CA begins reform review Subscription

14 February, 2019 By

Independent assessment of reform options to report later this year


Exclusive: Bullying and harassment on the rise Subscription

14 February, 2019 By

LGC research finds formal complaints are on the rise among council staff 

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Sleep-in shifts appeal granted by Supreme CourtSubscription

13 February, 2019 By

Decision creates a further period of uncertainty for the social care sector

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Berry blames councils over One Yorkshire as district pulls out Subscription

13 February, 2019 By

Northern powerhouse minister Jake Berry blamed councils in Yorkshire for a failure to get a deal in place as it emerged one council has pulled out of the One Yorkshire bid.

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Chief's future at district in doubtSubscription

13 February, 2019 By

Employment committee to discuss the employment of Beverly Agass today


LGA mulls problem of 'industrial' flytippers Subscription

13 February, 2019 By Kerry Lorimer

Councils are considering a beefed-up campaign to address the growing problem of “organised flytipping”.

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Digest: Localis calls for greater focus on clean airSubscription

13 February, 2019

Councils must take greater responsibility for delivering clean growth in their areas, according to the Localis think tank.

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Hancock backs CQC to continue care system reviews Subscription

13 February, 2019 By Kerry Lorimer

Reviews into the effectiveness of local health and social care systems are to be resumed after the government gave its approval to the future of the programme.

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Sammy Woodhouse: CSE is 'not being taken seriously'Subscription

13 February, 2019 By

A Rotherham abuse survivor discusses her experience of dealing with social workers and why more action is still needed to tackle chld sexual exploitation

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LGPS Central announces new CEO and deputySubscription

12 February, 2019 By Jimmy Nicholls

LGPS Central has announced changes to its leadership team, choosing Mike Weston as chief executive and promoting John Burns as his deputy.

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Updated: Yorkshire leaders ‘disappointed’ as devo bid rejectedSubscription

12 February, 2019 By

The communities secretary says government has considered One Yorkshire proposal and rejected it


Government moves to toughen taxi licensing regimeSubscription

12 February, 2019 By Kerry Lorimer

Councils have welcomed government proposals to bolster licensing requirements for taxi and minicab operators in order to protect vulnerable passengers.

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Pensions advisory board launches governance consultationSubscription

12 February, 2019 By Jimmy Nicholls

Scheme Advisory Board review will assess the role of employers within the scheme, with a view to issuing further guidance.

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Care system forced to agree new governance after council quitsSubscription

12 February, 2019 By Sharon Brennan

Borough brands governance process “pre-determined” 

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Borough weighs up voluntary council tax premiumSubscription

12 February, 2019 By Mark Wilding

Optional levy on top tax bands could fund measures to tackle youth violence

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Ministry to act on 'limbo' planning appealsSubscription

12 February, 2019 By Mark Wilding

Review suggests appeal wait times could be cut by five months

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Brokenshire launches cross government integration planSubscription

11 February, 2019 By

A wide-ranging government strategy aimed at tackling segregation and inequality will aim to give communities control over local decision-making and the services they receive.

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Spending review will bring more cuts, warns IFSSubscription

11 February, 2019 By

Government departments not responsible for the NHS, defence or overseas aid should expect further cuts following this year’s spending review, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned.

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Glasgow sells velodrome to fund £500m equal pay claimsSubscription

11 February, 2019 By Tom de Castella

Glasgow City Council has agreed to sell off arts and sporting venues to fund £500m equal pay claims

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New Solace head of policy announcedSubscription

11 February, 2019 By

Outgoing head of policy Piali Das Gupta praised for “fatanstic job”.  


Over 40 councils to act as rough sleeping pathfindersSubscription

11 February, 2019 By Tom de Castella

The government has announced that 42 bids were successful for Rapid Rehousing Pathway funding

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The row over fair funding is just getting started Subscription

8 February, 2019 By

Despite agreement on some fundamentals, prospective shares of the funds look set to cause conflict

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NAO: Planning system unlikely to deliver housing targetsSubscription

8 February, 2019 By Tom de Castella

The NAO has identified failings in the planning system that put councils under pressure on housing targets

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Farrar to leave ministry for Prison ServiceSubscription

7 February, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Director general returns to where career started

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Research finds public health boost since move from NHS Subscription

7 February, 2019 By Tom de Castella

Research shows public health in local government is “effective, accountable, efficient and offers great value for money”.


Which? backs centralised trading standardsSubscription

7 February, 2019 By Mark Smulian

System is ‘failing’, consumer protecion group says

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MP begs for help as abuse probe puts Rotherham 'on its knees'Subscription

7 February, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Rotherham MP tells parliament of £7m extra costs

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Payoff or injunction options to end Birmingham strikeSubscription

7 February, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Cabinet to choose how to deal with £350,000-a-week strike

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'Impossible struggle' to keep council bus subsidiesSubscription

7 February, 2019 By Mark Smulian

ATCO survey finds slump in support for routes

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Ministry 'keen' to offer new multi-year settlement Subscription

6 February, 2019 By

Local government minister Rishi Sunak tells LGC councils should feel ‘confident’ about future funding

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'More than 50k died after request for care since green paper pledge'Subscription

6 February, 2019 By Tom de Castella

More than 50,000 older people have died after formally applying for support since the government first announced it would publish a social care green paper, the charity Age UK claims.


Interserve agrees debt-for-equity swap to secure futureSubscription

6 February, 2019 By David Price

Around £350m of remaining debt will be shifted within the group

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PAC: Ministers in denial over finances and must 'get real' Subscription

6 February, 2019 By Mark Wilding

“Flimsy assertions have no place in financial planning.”


Developer drops legal action against HaringeySubscription

6 February, 2019Updated: 6 February, 2019 By Tom de Castella

Lendlease has dropped legal action against Haringey and signed a new property deal with the council

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Surrey leader: We haven't done enough on financesSubscription

5 February, 2019 By Mark Wilding

Tim Oliver warns of “extremely challenging times” ahead of budget vote

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Tower Hamlets to debut ballot count security measuresSubscription

5 February, 2019 By Mark Wilding

Photo ID entry system will be used at this week’s by-election counts

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Met and district face intervention over local plans failureSubscription

5 February, 2019 By Kerry Lorimer

James Brokenshire describes Wirral MBC’s performance as “lamentable”

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Cities call for post-Brexit powers to rebalance economySubscription

5 February, 2019 By Kerry Lorimer

“The referendum wasn’t just about Brexit, it was a demand by the millions who live outside the centre of power in London for a new settlement.”

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Pension fund forum hails move to replace Ryanair chairSubscription

4 February, 2019 By Jimmy Nicholls

The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) has welcomed Ryanair’s plan to replace its board chair, following a row over succession planning at the airline.


'Necessity' drives city to take higher commercial risk Subscription

4 February, 2019 By Kerry Lorimer

Peterborough City Council is to take on new higher-risk commercial activity as part of a drive to save £20m over the next three years.


Major management restructure following London leader's departureSubscription

4 February, 2019 By Mark Smulian

A restructuring at Lambeth LBC has created five new directorates but only one with a permanent director.

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REVEALED: Freedom passes costing councils £650m Subscription

4 February, 2019 By

New analysis suggests fair funding formula could increase pressure for some councils

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Met chief to retire after decadeSubscription

1 February, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Sefton’s Margaret Carney says the ‘time is right’

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Bus use slumps as support shrinksSubscription

1 February, 2019 By Mark Smulian

More than half of journeys made in London

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£620m spending power boost north of borderSubscription

1 February, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Scottish Government reaches budget deal

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Troubled county sets out cutsSubscription

1 February, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Surrey seeks to avoid raiding reserves

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Soccer row council tries different-shaped ballSubscription

1 February, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Northampton asked to make ’risk investment’ in rugby club

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£8bn funding gap threatens discretionary services, LGA warnsSubscription

1 February, 2019 By Tom de Castella

School transport, parks and cultural services could be cut to the bone

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Future of CQC health and care system reviews in doubtSubscription

1 February, 2019Updated: 1 February, 2019 By Tom de Castella

Future of local system reviews in doubt after Matt Hancock fails to respond to CQC request for clarity

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LGA warns over homelessness funding gap Subscription

31 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Latest rough sleeping figures show slight year on year fall 

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Northern LGPS backs Paris climate goalsSubscription

31 January, 2019 By Jimmy Nicholls

Northern LGPS has thrown its weight behind climate change goals set out by the Paris Agreement as it published its responsible investment policy.

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Leader stands down after 15 yearsSubscription

31 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Wolverhampton’s Roger Lawrence to leave

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City names acting chiefSubscription

31 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Keane to run Lancaster until October

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Hancock backs joint public health commissioningSubscription

31 January, 2019 By Tom de Castella

Health secretary says sexual health and health visiting services “much closer to the NHS” 

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Inadequate Brexit funding 'better spent on tinned food' Subscription

30 January, 2019 By Mark Wilding

MHCLG has committed to provide £56.5m for Brexit preparations over two years


Judges and entrants thanked by LGC editorSubscription

30 January, 2019

Judging has now been completed for all but one category in this year’s LGC Awards.

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Ethics review recommends power to suspend councillorsSubscription

30 January, 2019 By Kerry Lorimer

Committee on Standards in Public Life also finds increased complexity of decision making is putting governance arrangements under strain


Khan calms Essex housing protestSubscription

29 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Essex councils’ raise concerns over arrival of homeless London families

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Finance settlement: 'Northants council tax powers reward failure'Subscription

29 January, 2019 By ,

Reaction to the final local government finance settlement

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Northants granted council tax flexibility in final settlementSubscription

29 January, 2019 By

Northamptonshire CC will be able to raise council tax without a referendum by 2% more than other councils as it strives to improve its governance and services, the housing and communities secretary has announced.

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Rise in 'county lines' gangs targeting children outside cities Subscription

29 January, 2019 By

New data reveals potential victims aged as young as 11, while most of referrals relate to those aged 15 to 17 years old.

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Former football club owner ordered to repay borough loan Subscription

29 January, 2019 By Mark Wilding

Former directors of Northampton Town FC told to repay £2.1m

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IFS: Scrapping council tax support drives rise in arrearsSubscription

29 January, 2019 By Kerry Lorimer

Quarter of extra cuncil tax pursued under new support schemes going uncollected 

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Care home funding rates 'an insult'Subscription

28 January, 2019 By

Care England has accused councils of “abandoning old people” by not paying enough for care home places.

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Brokenshire reveals Brexit preparation allocations Subscription

28 January, 2019 By

Councils will receive an additional £56.5m over this year and next to prepare for Brexit, housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced.

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Cities shoulder bulk of spending reductions Subscription

28 January, 2019 By Kerry Lorimer

New reprt from Centre for Cities finds residents in northern cities have seen largest spending reductions 

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Surrey interim staffing spend spirals Subscription

28 January, 2019 By Mark Wilding,

Most of the roles relate to major transformation programmes underway at the council 


Third council joins unitary legal actionSubscription

25 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

South Buckinghamshire wants ‘right structure’ for reorganisation

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New care chief inspector namedSubscription

25 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Kate Terroni to take over at CQC

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Brexit uncertainty threatens £400m regeneration schemeSubscription

25 January, 2019 By Tom de Castella

Uncertainty over Brexit leads to conflict between Brighton & Hove City Council and developer Crest Nicholson over flagship regeneration scheme


Sixth council ends ties with contractor this monthSubscription

25 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Torbay is the sixth council to end ties with firm

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Peer review praises 'inward looking' county's financesSubscription

25 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Derbyshire ‘well placed’ compared with peers


LGA backs cities over deprivation funding Subscription

24 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Councils agree deprivation should be in proposed new foundation formula, but not its weighting

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Basildon 'completes' leadership teamSubscription

24 January, 2019 By Tom de Castella

Joe Reay moves from Cardiff Council to Basildon where he will report directly to chief executive Scott Logan


Minister says Whitehall lacks city-level Brexit dataSubscription

24 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Kwarteng tells LGA no Brexit impact data exists below regional level

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LGA looks to tenants for budget reliefSubscription

24 January, 2019 By Mark Smulian

Rental income expected to offset spend pressures

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County drops CCG from joint commissioning deal Subscription

24 January, 2019 By Alison Moore

Concern fewer children than expected were receiving commissioned mental health services 

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London calls for new powers to tackle unemploymentSubscription

24 January, 2019 By Tom de Castella

London Councils demand greater devolution of employment services to address stubbornly high youth unemployment

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Rural areas defend plan to downgrade deprivation roleSubscription

23 January, 2019 By Tom de Castella

County Councils Network has rejected accusations of government bias as funding review plans to prioritise population over poverty

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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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Prevent programme to be reviewedSubscription

23 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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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.