'Systemic and persistent' failures in council's children's services
Worcestershire CC has said it has invested an extra £5.1m into improving children’s social care this year after a damning report from a government commissioner.
Meeting the modern leadership challenge
At Solace Scotland last week, with colleagues who are just now entering a world with a lot less money across public services, I said that now more than ever we needed bold and brave leaders, willing to take risks, to disrupt the status quo to deliver for residents in these straitened times.
Local government is too white
The lack of non-white chief executives and senior managers in local government is embarrassing. Atif Shafique calls for radical action to redress the balance.
Missing the bigger picture?
It’s easy to ignore major issues and focus on smaller things to do and improve. But, argues Dan Corry, in public services there comes a time when you can no longer ignore that fact that the system is not working.
From scrutiniser to being scrutinised
Tracie Evans on the differences now she is interim deputy chief executive at Haringey LBC.
What districts want
Ian Miller on what district councils would like to see from the Budget and local government finance settlement.
‘Ease pay restraints or face retention crisis’
Councils could face a management-level recruitment and retention crisis unless public sector pay restraint is eased, a respected think-tank has warned.
LGA report influenced axing of Derbyshire chief’s role
Derbyshire CC’s decision to abolish its chief executive post was informed by a Local Government Association (LGA) report, The MJ has learned.
Former Grenfell chief wanted private meeting
One of the last recommendations made by Kensington & Chelsea RLBC chief executive Nicholas Holgate before he resigned was for the first cabinet meeting after the Grenfell Tower fire to be held in private, The MJ can reveal.
Council apologises to child abuse victims
Rochdale MBC has apologised to victims of child abuse ahead of what is likely to be a critical investigation by an independent national inquiry.
Liverpool chief Ged Fitzgerald suspended
Liverpool City Council has launched an independent disciplinary investigation into its chief executive Ged Fitzgerald.
Why we must reform public sector procurement
There is a growing clamour for post-Brexit public procurement reform, writes Mark Robinson.
Out-of-borough children home placements rocket
Department for Education figures have shown a 78% increase in youngsters placed in children’s homes out of their borough.
Key council vote on management overhaul
Lancashire CC’s cabinet is to vote today on a controversial new senior management structure that could force the departure of chief executive Jo Turton.
Suffolk fails to find Cadman replacement
Suffolk CC has failed to find a chief executive to replace Deborah Cadman after a ‘full day of interviews and assessments’.
Former diplomat replaces Tambini
Ex-diplomat and Treasury adviser Daniel Mouawad has taken up the post of Spelthorne BC chief executive following the departure of Roberto Tambini after 11 years.
McDonnell: Do not let officers determine policies
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has warned Labour councillors not to let their officers determine the policies of their councils.
Lewisham chief resigns to take up permanent role at Kensington & Chelsea
Kensington & Chelsea RLBC’s interim chief executive is to take up the permanent role at the council.
Rotherham officers 'missed opportunities' to uncover CSE
Senior officers at Rotherham MBC between 1997 and 2013 missed opportunities to uncover the scale of child sexual exploitation (CSE), a report examining their roles and performance has found.
New chief executive for Wokingham
Wokingham Council has appointed a new interim chief executive.