Send commissioners to Grenfell fire council, Labour demands
The shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has called on the Government to send commissioners into Kensington & Chelsea RLBC.
Council to slash adult social care budget by £56m
Hampshire CC has agreed to cut nearly £56m from its adult social care budget as part of plans to save £120m by 2019.
Work and pensions secretary to give evidence on Universal Credit
The Work and Pensions Committee will take evidence on Universal Credit from the department's secretary of state next month.
Welfare policy undermining councils fight against homelessness
The Government’s welfare policy is preventing councils from effectively tackling homelessness, a new report has shown.
Council to spend £250,000 on leisure centre inquiry
Dumfries & Galloway Council’s £250,000 investigation into the failings of a sports and leisure centre is expected to start after a meeting next week.
Sector urged to create ‘digital enterprise zones’
Vodafone has called on central and local government to create ‘digital enterprise zones’ across England to stimulate growth.
Electoral staff ‘need improvement’
Plymouth City Council must take ‘urgent action’ to improve the quality of its elections staff after it omitted counting more than 6,000 General Election votes, a review has urged.
Directors call for more cash to tackle roots of domestic abuse
The president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services has called on the Government to provide councils with sustainable funding so that they can invest in the prevention of the domestic abuse of children.
Further blow to South Yorkshire devolution deal
Barnsley and Doncaster MBCs refused to back a Sheffield city region devolution deal at a crunch meeting of all four south Yorkshire leaders this morning.
Leeds drafted in to help Kirklees' children's services
Kirklees MBC is being helped by Leeds City Council to improve its ‘inadequate’ children’s social care service because it cannot do so on its own, according to an independent review.
Olympic loan fears for council
Newham LBC is to work with various partners to improve the financial performance of the Olympic Stadium, as fears abound that the council may never recoup a £40m loan given for the stadium’s transformation.
Council shock at government refusal to fund fire safety work
Nottingham City Council’s disbelief after its request for financial support from the Government to install fire sprinklers in tower blocks was turned down has been made public.
Council slams multi-academy trusts' lack of accountability
Wakefield City Council has criticised the lack of accountability of academy trusts after an organisation that managed 21 schools in the city pulled out of its role.
Fife wins £3.1m after successful legal challenge
Fife Council has been awarded £3.1m from insurance group RSA after it won the legal challenge it launched against a coal mining company.
Call to simplify councils’ procurement processes
The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on Whitehall to simplify the procurement process for councils to promote local growth, as Brexit legislation is discussed.
Disappointment for Scottish employers as £10m fund is only for the few
Councils hoping the Scottish government’s flexible workforce development fund would boost firms will be ‘disappointed,’ according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
South Norfolk and Broadland to share officers
South Norfolk and Broadland DCs are to consider sharing officers as they discuss plans to work collaboratively and drive efficiency.
Council purchases office park in latest addition to expanding property portfolio
Warrington Council has snapped up a business park that is used as office space by more than 6,000 people in the latest addition to its property portfolio.
County launches campaign for fairer funding
Northamptonshire CC has launched a campaign to urge the Government to give the county a fairer funding deal.
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.