Whitehall has ignored local government’s calls for new council funding in 2017/18, leaving senior sector figures ‘hugely disappointed’.
Capital’s sub-regions fight for cash streams
London sub-regions are struggling to get central government to take them seriously as they battle to get funding streams devolved, The MJ has learned.
Rogers prepares Brum exit
Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy had a ‘gun to his head’ before deciding to oust chief executive Mark Rogers, a source claimed.
Specialist needs migrant children ‘can leave councils with £90k gap’
Councils can face a funding gap of up to £90,000 for unaccompanied child migrants with specialist needs, town halls have warned.
Whitehall review of kids’ services paused
A Whitehall review looking at the role of local authorities in relation to children has been shelved, The MJ understands.
CIPFA to review code and capital framework
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has agreed to review its prudential code and capital framework under pressure from the National Audit Office (NAO), The MJ understands.
If the Government wants to run Birmingham, it has the power to intervene – otherwise it should leave it to local democracy, writes Heather Jameson.
Being effective for the future
Responding to a recent article in The MJ, Deborah Cadman insists solutions must come from across public services - not simply local government.
Taking stock of fostering
Amid news of a national fostering stocktake, Dave Hill explains there are a host of challenges to placement that need to be examined
Learning the lessons from an 'inadequate' judgement
As part of iMPOWER’s children’s services essay collection Shining a Light, Sean Harriss offers advice on moving beyond an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating.
Brexit gives regions a real chance to bridge the prosperity gap
Brexit should be seen as an opportunity to usher in serious change and prosperity to the regions, writes Dr Laurence Ferry - and the industrial strategy could be a key driver if local government is given the tools and necessary accountability.
The journey is just beginning
In the wake of the recent raft of national policy announcements, Mike Emmerich says it is time for the sector to take firm action and make sure this pivotal moment isn’t lost
Last week the eight councils of the Glasgow City Region launched their joint economic action plan. Cllr Frank McAveety explains how the region is kick-starting a long-term collaboration on jobs, skills and inclusive growth.
Martin Reeves and Rob Whiteman debunk the myths of the dire financial picture and call on the sector to have a real debate on the future of local government. Heather Jameson reports