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PAC: Government lacks ambition on housing

PAC: Government lacks ambition on housing

The Government lacks the necessary ambition to solve the housing crisis and is overly reliant on a ‘broken’ market to deliver the homes people need, MPs have argued today.

London borough names new boss

Ian Davis has been promoted to the top job at Enfield LBC.

EXCLUSIVE: Diversity gap plaguing sector leadership roles

Chief executives have been urged to embrace diversity after exclusive research revealed fears that women and minority groups were continuing to hit a glass ceiling.

Number of Dubs scheme children to rise

The total number of children resettled under the Dubs scheme by councils will rise to 480, the Home Office has confirmed.

No proof directly-elected mayors will be a success

There is little evidence that directly-elected mayors will boost economic growth, bolster local democracy or provide authoritative leadership, according to a regional development expert.

Call to arms: sector must speak with one voice

Local government has been urged to shine a spotlight on the important agendas likely to be crowded out by Brexit wrangling and the General Election.

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Opinion

Door knocking on neighbourhoods

PAC: Government lacks ambition on housing

The cuts meted out to neighbourhood services are shortsighted, damaging to communities, and grossly unfair on local government, write Paul O’Brien and Dr Peter Kenway.

Cock-up or conspiracy: the impact of the General Election

Jonathan Carr-West looks at the possible implications June's General Election could have on next week's local elections.

PODCAST: True colours

In the first of a series of leadership podcasts by Public Intelligence and The MJ, Lord Porter charts his political journey from bolshie school kid to Conservative peer leading the Local Government Association. Heather Jameson reports.

Local elections must springboard the sector to the centre of the national debate

Next week's local elections must be used to propel local government to the centre of the General Election debate, writes James Maker.

A halfway house?

Housing has featured heavily in the campaigns of the metro mayor hopefuls, but Paul Hunter asks whether they will have the powers and resources to deliver

Councils should be shouting from the rooftops about UC

Jo Miller says the roll-out of Universal Credit is a scandalous waste of public money - and the sector must be more vocal about it.

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Best Practice

Why councils need to watch their language

Why councils need to watch their language

Writing better letters can help build stronger relationships with residents and boost income. Hannah Moffatt sets out three tips for councils can use to make their communications more effective.

Analysis

Doomed to success?

Doomed to success?

The snap election has shunted full business rates retention into the sidings. But does the sector now face delay or abandonment of what had been slated as the biggest revolution in local government finance for generations? Jonathan Werran reports.

Private sector

Council launches energy company

Liverpool City Council has launched a not-for-profit energy company to tackle fuel poverty.

A springboard to the next leadership level

It is always a great idea to stand back from day-to-day life and review and reflect what is on the horizon, writes Yvonne Skingle.

AWM is top bidder for £14m waste deal

Bradford City Council has named Associated Waste Management (AWM) as the preferred bidder for a potential £14m, 12-year waste treatment contract.