Lincolnshire CC reject and ‘kill off’ devo deal

Lincolnshire CC reject and ‘kill off’ devo deal

Lincolnshire CC has rejected plans for a Greater Lincolnshire Combined Authority and ‘killed off’ the prospect of a local devolution deal.

Lack of consultation could bring STP process into 'disrepute'

NHS sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) could be derailed unless health bosses engage local authorities, publish proposals and consult with the public, experts have warned ahead of tomorrow’s submission deadline.

Greater Manchester health shift 'delegation not devolution'

The shifting of health powers to Greater Manchester is better described as delegation instead of devolution, a senior figure involved in the process has suggested.

Council leader ‘confident’ Solent deal will be approved

The leader of Southampton City Council has said he is ‘confident’ the Isle of Wight Council will approve plans for a combined authority next week, despite members rejecting the deal earlier this week.

Council rescue package to save cricket club

Durham Council has approved a rescue package to secure the future of the county’s cricket club and avoid losing £3.7m it granted in loans.

Government soothes children's services privatisation fears

The Government has made changes to the Children and Social Work Bill in a bid to soothe fears that private organisations could profit from social services.

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Global upheaval and national uncertainty means local government needs to step in and instil a sense of control, writes Dr Jonathan Carr-West

Only the very brave need apply

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How can the ‘left behind’ benefit from localised business rates?

All eyes will be on the Autumn Statement to see the chancellor's vision for devolved business rates, explains Mike Burton

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Who should lead local authority companies?

Who should lead local authority companies?

Who is best placed to make decisions at a local authority trading company? Rob Hann outlines the importance of choosing the right leader, learning the duties and knowing which ‘hat’ officers should be wearing


Devolution – restoring faith in democracy?

Devolution – restoring faith in democracy?

The EU referendum and its aftermath have been poor examples of democracy in action. Stronger citizen involvement in devolution could restore public faith in systems of power and unite communities under a common purpose, writes Aidan Harper

Private sector

We’re helping to educate a new generation of people

School maintenance is a crucial issue but mounting demands in education mean the issue is being missed, says Neil Fergus

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.