LGA Conservative group leader Gary Porter said it was “feasible” for one chief executive to be at the helm of five district councils. One chief at LGC’s annual summit said the South Holland DC leader’s proposals were “ludicrous”.
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The association also raised fresh fears that plans to allow councils to retain locally collected business rates could lead to the Treasury clawing back even more cash.
Birmingham City Council revealed that the high court-imposed U-turn on its adult social care reforms risked denting its in-year savings target by £17.5m.
Carolyn Downs was appointed as the LGA’s new chief executive.
LGC revealed that a new unit was being formed within DCLG to take forward councils’ work with problem families in the wake of August’s disturbances. The previous government’s Asbo tsar Louise Casey would spearhead the team.