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Labour manifesto pledges Right to Buy curbs

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Labour manifesto pledges Right to Buy curbs

Labour has opened the door to reining in Right to Buy in its manifesto today.

Chief executives' development programme launched

A first-of-its-kind development programme designed to meet the needs and future challenges of chief executives from councils across the country has been opened to applications.

Councils looking after record 576,000 children with SEND

Councils are looking after record numbers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Cash-strapped Slough BC faces going £11m over budget

Slough BC’s leadership should take ‘immediate action’ as the council is at risk of going £11m over budget this year, according to cabinet papers.

EXCLUSIVE: Full dispersal asylum targets still in draft

Ministers have not signed off the Government’s 2024 targets for identifying an extra 100,000 bedspaces for asylum seekers this year, The MJ can reveal.

More than a million apply for vote

Council elections teams are facing a workload surge as they race to register voters in time for the General Election.

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Opinion

Removing poverty’s toll on health

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Labour manifesto pledges Right to Buy curbs

As well as tackling the current poverty crisis, the next government must take a long-term, preventative approach by recognising all policies have an impact on our health, says Greg Fell.

How Merton upped its recruitment game

Polly Cziok explains how Merton LBC’s fresh approach to recruitment and attraction has led to the appointment of outstanding candidates, including its own homegrown talent.

A fresh start for social workers?

Simon Ray asks if a new Labour Government will mean fewer social workers are leaving the profession.

Pitch perfect for the future

The time is ripe for local leaders to prepare pitches for projects that can make a difference in their areas, writes Greg Clark.

Pondering productivity

When councils are being asked to finalise productivity plans, the sight of a Royal Mail employee delivering the writ for the election reminds Ian Miller that 'Westminster and Whitehall still have something to learn from local government about [..]

Speed and accuracy of forecasting has to be the watchword

Finance teams are operating in an uncertain funding regime, even more so with political uncertainty, but feeding in all of the intelligence from the past and present affects our options for the future, says Adele Taylor

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Best Practice

Leading the charge for net zero

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Leading the charge for net zero

With the right support from the incoming government and by learning from successful initiatives like London’s Green Economy Action Plan, councils can lead in delivering net zero, says Niall Bolger.

Analysis

A letter to the new PM

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A letter to the new PM

Steve Leach and Colin Copus write to the next Prime Minister with ideas for strengthening local government, including offering councils complete freedom to agree council tax levels.

Private sector

How to partner with the right recruiter

Philip Foster offers some practical advice to local authorities on how to partner with the right recruiter to streamline recruitment processes and enhance staff retention

Biffa buys Renewi business

Biffa has today entered into an agreement to acquire Renewi’s municipal business in the UK.

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.