News

Elected mayor speculation continues

Elected mayor speculation continues

The Government was this week battling to persuade the sector it remains committed to devolution and directly-elected mayors amid speculation of a policy shift.

Local authority reserve funds down for first time since 2011

The total amount of reserves held by local authorities in England has fallen for the first time in five years, according to the latest official figures.

LGA warns of pay to stay's unseen complexities

Council leaders have warned the Government’s new pay to stay policy will generate ‘nowhere near the financial return’ originally promised.

Staff call for post-Brexit settlement rethink

More than three-quarters of council staff believe the Government should rethink its four-year funding settlement to local government following the EU referendum.

LGA demands academy auditing powers

Councils want to claw back control of school auditing responsibilities as leaders challenge Whitehall over a string of spending abuses by academies and free schools.

MP: Reorganisation plan is suicide mission

A MP has described plans to merge Dorset councils as a ‘suicide mission’ ahead of a consultation on splitting the county into two unitaries.

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Opinion

Sajid Javid has yet to set the agenda

Elected mayor speculation continues

Sajid Javid is yet to make his mark on local government policy but his rhetoric on council budgets could be a cause for concern, says Heather Jameson

Take control of the Powerhouse

The future of the Northern Powerhouse does not rely on central government alone and councils must build momentum behind the agenda, says Ed Cox

Let’s equip ourselves for change

In his final column before switching to Redbridge LBC, the NLGN’s Simon Parker highlights the importance of local authorities adopting – and making the most of – a digital way of working

Rates research has some surprises

CCN director Simon Edwards on what can be learnt from research ahead of the single biggest local government shake-up in modern times.

Dear Jeremy

Director of South East England Councils Heather Bolton gives health secretary Jeremy Hunt eight ways to ensure councils can play a full role in STPs.

Going for Gold in local government

Heather Jameson urges local government to harness the spirit of Team GB, and build pride, confidence and joy in communities.

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Best Practice

London calling

London calling

Heather Jameson speaks to Claire Kober, new chair of London Councils, about devolution post-Brexit and how this will impact Londoners

Analysis

Getting to the business end

Getting to the business end

Time is fast approaching on the issue of business rates retention, and local government has a lot to mull over. Dan Peters looks at what issues the steering group will need to address before a response is made.

Private sector

Interserve loses £34m

Support services firm Interserve has announced £34m losses in the first half of this year after a costly exit from the energy-from-waste sector.

Bristol to launch waste company

Bristol City Council has approved plans for all its waste services to be delivered by one council-owned company.

Serco and Morgan Sindall bounce back with strong results

Two international outsourcing giants have reported increases in profits this year, as rival local government contractor Liberata is sold for £43m.