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Whitehall's 'frustrating silence' raises devolution concerns

Whitehall's 'frustrating silence' raises devolution concerns

Senior local government figures have blasted Whitehall’s ‘frustrating silence’ over devolution as pressure mounts on prime minister Theresa May to deliver ‘grown up’ deals.

County faces 'government takeover' after financial collapse warning

Ministers could be forced to take over the running of Lancashire CC this Parliament if they do nothing to address the council’s bleak financial situation, the council’s finance spokesman has warned.

Conservatives name West Midlands mayoral candidate

John Lewis managing director Andy Street has been named the Conservative candidate for next year’s West Midlands metro mayor elections.

Council leader moots rejoining COSLA

The leader of one of the four Scottish councils that broke away from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has suggested it may rejoin the organisation.

Cook to leave Kettering in management shake-up

Kettering BC’s chief executive David Cook has been replaced in a senior management shake-up.

Council buys BP office park

Spelthorne BC has bought the largest privately owned office park in the country as it wrestles to secure financial stability amid ongoing cuts.

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Opinion

Birmingham's time to shine?

Whitehall's 'frustrating silence' raises devolution concerns

Manchester has taken the limelight in recent years but do political changes mean Birmingham is now on the ascendancy? Paul Wheeler examines the case

Serious about homelessness?

Devolution must deliver real change and metro mayors need greater powers over housing if the UK is to reduce homelessness, writes Alan Fraser

Bridging the gap

Skills and productivity are top of the agenda for CCN's new Conservative vice-chair Philip Atkins

Great British Boundary Off

Constituency boundaries must alter to reflect changing communities but reforms need a careful touch of Mary Berry magic in the mix, says Andrew Muter

Solace presidency: The pitches

How should Solace hold its conferences, how must it collaborate with the LGA and how can members be better supported? As voting opens for the election of the new Solace president, candidates Trevor Holden and Jo Miller make their case for your vote

Home truths

With the public rejecting the experts and emotion winning over reason, Barry Quirk explains the importance of honesty and why chief executives must adapt to this new age

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Best Practice

‘Fighting for the Wight’

‘Fighting for the Wight’

The hiring of a new team at Isle of Wight Council forms a key part of local plans to regenerate the region, win fairer funding and transform the island’s economic position, says John Metcalfe

Analysis

Inclusive growth: the new challenge

Inclusive growth: the new challenge

Delivering inclusive growth is now more important than ever and local government needs to rise to the challenge, says Ben Lucas

Private sector

Slough takes back its waste services

Slough BC has agreed to bring its waste and recycling collections back in-house when the current contract with Amey ends.

Mouchel buy boosts Kier’s pre-tax profits

Pre-tax profits at Kier Group have soared by 45%, as another local government contractor, Mitie, warns results will be ‘significantly lower’ than previously thought.

Districts set to enter property business

Three more district councils are expected to join the growing number of local authorities entering the property business.