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EXCLUSIVE: Tory council mulls referendum on 16% tax rise

EXCLUSIVE: Tory council mulls referendum on 16% tax rise

Surrey CC is understood to be considering holding a referendum to increase council tax by 16% as it attempts to grapple with an increasingly desperate financial situation.

STP could 'intensify' council funding pressures

Measures to cut hospital admissions in Birmingham and Solihull could shunt costs from the NHS onto social care and further exacerbate the ‘immediate’ funding crisis, a council report has warned.

Chief's pledge to improve failing children's services

Tameside MBC’s chief executive has insisted the council has embarked on an improvement journey after a watchdog blasted the authority’s ‘inadequate’ children’s services.

Ministers to limit council exemptions clause

The Government is to backtrack on a controversial clause in the Children and Social Work Bill which would have exempted innovative councils from statutory responsibilities.

Failure to fund social care is a 'moral issue and false economy'

Ministers have been urged to turn back £5.5bn of real terms cuts after fresh NHS figures revealed yet another record breaking month for delayed transfers.

New funding and strategy for rundown estates

New government funding to help breathe new life into rundown estates has been announced, along with a fresh strategy, by communities secretary Sajid Javid.

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Opinion

Let's talk about the tricky issues

EXCLUSIVE: Tory council mulls referendum on 16% tax rise

How do we all live better and live better together? Jo Miller says we all have a part to play in the aftermath of the Casey Review.

The Northern Powerhouse must be driven from within

Questions about the virtues of the Northern Powerhouse may have eased off, but Ed Cox says its time for politicians and business leaders to drive the agenda forward from the bottom up.

Social care doesn't have to be a drag

Ministers need to see the benefits of investing in social care, not the costs of doing so, Andrew Burns explains.

Taking the temperature at The MJ’s Future Forum North

Editorial director Michael Burton on what he learnt from our latest event

Casey review is not over – it’s just the start for councils

Following the publication of Dame Louise Casey's community cohesion review, Heather Jameson calls on local government to stand up and speak out with her.

Focusing on fostering pressures

Rising numbers of children entering care means the foster system is under severe pressure. Cllr Richard Watts explains why real action by government is now needed.

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Best Practice

Keeping communities healthier for longer

Keeping communities healthier for longer

A partnership between Suffolk CC and Sport England is taking a place-based approach to improving community health. Deborah Cadman explains

Analysis

Lessons from Layfield – 40 years on

Lessons from Layfield – 40 years on

It is 40 years since the Layfield Commission on local government finance report. George Jones and John Stewart – both on the committee – examine its aftermath

Private sector

Leeds approves £64m to fund growth schemes

Local authority and business leaders in Leeds have approved £64m of new infrastructure and job-creating schemes.

Willmott Dixon adds three ‘sister’ firms to its empire

Construction firm Willmott Dixon has announced plans to create three sister companies following a 48% rise in pre-tax profits.

Hull opts for SMG Europe to run music events and conferences

Hull City Council has selected SMG Europe Holdings as the preferred bidder to run its new music, events and conference centre.