EXCLUSIVE: Councils given 100,000 asylum housing target

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EXCLUSIVE: Councils given 100,000 asylum housing target

Councils have been told to identify an extra 100,000 bedspaces for asylum seekers this year amid Home Office expectations of a further surge in arrivals, The MJ can reveal.

LGA axes conference due to election clash

The Local Government Association has officially cancelled its annual conference after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the General Election that clashed with the event.

Gateshead confirms chief executive appointment

Councillors have officially approved Dale Owens’ appointment as chief executive of Gateshead MBC.

General Election brings raft of reforms

Elections officers face a raft of reforms to implement as voters nationwide prepare to go to the polls in July.

MacAlister: Not enough has changed on children's social care

The author of the Government’s independent review of children’s care has warned ‘not enough has changed’ since he proposed reforms two years ago.

Union recommends pay offer rejection

Trade union Unison has today recommended council staff in England, Wales and Northern Ireland reject employers’ offer to increase pay by at least £1,290.

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Letting go of London

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EXCLUSIVE: Councils given 100,000 asylum housing target

Nick Bowes looks at what the next Government’s agenda should be for London and at how the city should respond to any shifting political landscape – and he believes fiscal devolution will be key.

Tackling ‘tumbleweed’ towns

Baroness Sharon Taylor looks at how to negotiate the barriers facing councils aiming to revitalise their high streets.

Time is money

As construction costs remain high efforts to improve the speed of decison-making and staff processes can make all the difference, writes Tracie Langley

The MJ Comment - Whitehall is expecting a magic trick over asylum seeker housing

As our front page reveals, the Government is continuing to pile pressure on councils to house asylum seekers arriving in the UK.

The regeneration gap

As local and regional government colleagues gather in Leeds this week for UKREiiF 2024, Jonathan Swain looks at the ongoing diversity gap for the regeneration sector.

A response to the housing challenge you can bank on

Cairistine Foster-Cannan explains how the East of England Local Government Association’s Talent Bank is expanding its offering to provide expertise on a wide variety of housing issues

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Best Practice

A transformative approach to fostering

A transformative approach to fostering

To coincide with Foster Care Fortnight Hillingdon LBC has launched an unrivalled payment and benefits package for foster carers, says Julie Kelly.


Making a resilient start

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Making a resilient start

Ann McGauran talks to ADEPT’s new president Ann Carruthers about the need for resilience and the increasing challenges for place services as funding continues to be curtailed

Private sector

A Faer Point

There are fewer levers for council leaders to pull in their areas. Visible services are reduced and demand-led services are set to dominate in the future - but some councils have bucked the trend, says partner at Faerfield Martin Tucker.

Procuring an Active Wellbeing Partnership

Pivoting from traditional leisure services to focusing on active wellbeing can help build the long term health of communities. Duncan Wood-Allum from SLC explains how it differs from traditional leisure contracts

A call for transparency and accountability

Local government must confront pressing 'elephant in the room' issues head-on if it is to foster transparency, accountability and effective governance, says chief executive of Local Partnerships Adele Gritten.