Leader vows to end decade-old equal pay dispute
Glasgow City Council’s leader has promised to end ‘years of pay injustice’ at the council and settle the thousands of claims of mostly low-paid women workers.
Austerity driving up thresholds for children's services
Thresholds for vulnerable children seeking care are creeping up, flying in the face of efforts to act early, social workers have warned.
DCLG ‘light-touch’ fuels homeless rise
Soaring homelessness levels have been described as a ‘national scandal’ after auditors warned ministers were failing to evaluate the impact of their reforms.
What went wrong in Rotherham
Sam Clayden analyses the findings of six independent investigations delving into alleged failures at Rotherham MBC at the height of the child sexual exploitation scandal.
Rotherham MBC 'did not investigate' alleged removal of CSE files
Rotherham MBC failed to investigate claims of stolen files and deleted computer records relating to child sexual exploitation (CSE) at the height of the scandal, an independent investigation has found.
Sector told to boost reserves
Local authorities are increasingly dipping into their reserves to plug funding gaps – something the Government continues to celebrate. But the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s chief executive warns the sector to ignore central government and speak out. Sam Clayden reports.
Fresh calls made for overhaul of children’s services
An expert has called for a comprehensive shakeup of children’s services amid fears councils will increasingly be ‘picking up the pieces of troubled young lives’.
‘Ignore’ Whitehall calls to raid reserves, says CIPFA
Councils have been urged to stand up to the communities secretary over their use of reserves and ‘ignore the inaccurate messages’ from his department.
Bristol facing management shake-up after chief resigns
Bristol City Council may not seek a new chief executive after the sudden departure of Anna Klonowski.
Liverpool chief to face employment panel
A Liverpool City Council committee is to hold a meeting to decide the fate of the authority’s bailed chief executive, Ged Fitzgerald, The MJ understands.
Health and care 'pretending' they are fully integrated system
A senior health figure has warned that fundamental barriers to integration remain amid warnings the NHS is gearing up for its most severe winter yet.
EXCLUSIVE: London boroughs face £94m funding gap for SEN pupils
London boroughs are facing a ‘growing crisis’ as funding shortfalls meet increases in the numbers of pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN), finance experts have warned.
Council backed bank launches
The first bank part owned by a council, Redwood Bank, has opened for business.
Make or break for Taunton Deane and West Somerset
Taunton Deane BC and West Somerset DC are still waiting for the green light on their proposals to form a new council. But what benefits could the plan bring and what is at stake? Sam Clayden reports.
Lamenting the loss of local news
Sam Clayden looks at last week’s London Assembly report on the decline of local media, and below Michael Burton speaks with Bob Kerslake about the effect it is having on scrutiny and local democracy.
Shropshire academy trust ready for launch
Shropshire Council is to launch its own multi-academy trust in the hope of maintaining an influence on education in the county.
Councils call for modernisation of taxi laws
Council leaders have demanded a rethink of ‘outdated’ taxi laws to reflect new technology, reduce the risk of child sexual exploitation and improve working conditions.
City council approves major management restructure
Aberdeen City Council has approved a major management restructure in a bid to ease funding pressures and bolster service delivery.
Rise in child neglect reports prompts council funding fears
The number of people contacting the NSPCC about child neglect has increased dramatically in the past five years, sparking fresh fears over the decline of early help services.
Mears expects revenue loss as councils 'delay new contracts'
Social housing maintenance company Mears Group has suggested councils are delaying new contracts as they review safety measures in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.