EXCLUSIVE: ‘I want to be the best partner for local government’

EXCLUSIVE: ‘I want to be the best partner for local government’

Heather Jameson talks to communities secretary Sajid Javid about the progress of devolution, future funding, partnership working with the sector and that speech at the LGA conference...


News

Javid’s renewed rally for devo

Javid’s renewed rally for devo

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has urged council leaders to ‘put the party politics aside’ for the sake of devolution.

Welfare policy undermining councils fight against homelessness

The Government’s welfare policy is preventing councils from effectively tackling homelessness, a new report has shown.

Air quality probe launched

An investigation into allegations Cheshire East Council manipulated air quality data has been launched by police.

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.

Union suspends industrial action in Birmingham bin dispute

Trade union Unite has suspended industrial action involving refuse workers after the High Court ordered Birmingham City Council to withdraw redundancy notices it had served on 113 employees.

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.

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Opinion

Devolution is dead: Long live devolution

Javid’s renewed rally for devo

Rumours of the death of devolution have been greatly exaggerated, it would seem, if the secretary of state is to be believed.

What happened to county devolution?

Cllr Paul Carter says the Government needs to devolve to two-tier areas as well as just cities.

What districts want

Ian Miller on what district councils would like to see from the Budget and local government finance settlement.

From scrutiniser to being scrutinised

Tracie Evans on the differences now she is interim deputy chief executive at Haringey LBC.

Councils will have to pick up pieces when music stops

Paul Wheeler says councils must start planning to fix the dysfunctional housing market.

Meeting the modern leadership challenge

At Solace Scotland last week, with colleagues who are just now entering a world with a lot less money across  public services, I said that now more than ever we needed bold and brave leaders, willing to take risks, to disrupt the status quo to [..]

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Best Practice

Not laid back about leisure

Not laid back about leisure

Slough BC is investing more than £58m in its new leisure strategy. Cllr Sohail Munawar explains the motivations behind the policy and the wider role sport and physical activity has to play in urban renewal.

Analysis

Missing the bigger picture?

Missing the bigger picture?

It’s easy to ignore major issues and focus on smaller things to do and improve. But, argues Dan Corry, in public services there comes a time when you can no longer ignore that fact that the system is not working.

Private sector

A framework for change

As organisations start to change their shape and operating models to respond to future corporate ambitions, it’s really important to get a framework in place which identifies what you are looking for in your future leaders.

An opportunity to act

By Jim Saunders, Group Director of Business Development of the Pinnacle Group

Norse Group profits plunge by £1.8m

Norfolk CC’s wholly-owned company Norse Group’s underlying profits fell by nearly £1.8m in the last financial year despite an increase in turnover.