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Aberdeen to be worst hit by Brexit - report

Aberdeen to be worst hit by Brexit - report

Aberdeen is most likely to be the hardest hit in the case of either a hard or soft Brexit, according to a new report.

Dispute over child abuse compensation

Lambeth LBC is at loggerheads with a group of child abuse survivors over its proposed victims’ compensation scheme.

Wiltshire leader on taskforce for Kensington & Chelsea

Baroness Scott, the leader of Wiltshire Council, is one of four appointees to the Government's new taskforce for Kensington & Chelsea RLBC.

Stretched councils criticise ministers for 'passing buck' on air quality

Council directors have piled in on the Government’s Clean Air Strategy, claiming ministers have shifted the burden of implementing ‘politically unpalatable’ measures onto overstretched authorities.

Pressure mounts on 1% pay cap

Local government employers are contemplating a two-year pay offer as they battle to keep rises affordable, The MJ understands.

Healey disputes Javid's no funding request claim

Shadow housing secretary John Healey has disputed the claim made by communities secretary Sajid Javid that not a single council has asked his department to fund fire safety work.

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Opinion

Uncertainty and a lack of DCLG capacity is hampering progress

Aberdeen to be worst hit by Brexit - report

Abdool Kara looks at the uncertainty facing local authorities and the depleting capacity in central government.

Good health starts at the district level

John Fuller reveals plans to open a conversation with government and the NHS about ‘prevention precept’ that recognises districts' role in reducing demand in the care system.

Listen well and speak frankly

Don’t just deliver a line. Tackle tough questions head-on, says Mark Fletcher-Brown and open up an honest dialogue with your team and the communities you serve.

Website users need a better connection

Council websites are still proving difficult for users to navigate and find information about services, according to the latest SOCITM survey, writes Vicky Sargent.

PODCAST: People, passion and progress

In the latest Public Intelligence/The MJ leadership podcast Baroness Scott explains how Wiltshire CC has moved from an old-fashioned ethos to a modern business. Heather Jameson reports.

Let’s not kill the goose that lays the golden egg

Councils must provide moderation and balance in their commercial endeavours, warns Pete Moore.

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Best Practice

Opening new doors

Managing demand for homelessness services is a growing issue for local authorities. Havering has taken significant measures to be prepared, and as Beatrice Cingtho-Taylor says, others need to follow.

Analysis

A more volatile environment for senior managers

A more volatile environment for senior managers

Sam Clayden reports on the alarming rise in dismissals and suspensions of chief executives and the fallout it creates.

Private sector

A ‘looming crisis’ or an opportunity for change?

Neil Lupin says we are experiencing a pivotal point in our sector’s history and local government needs to work intelligently to attract and retain talented senior leaders.

Firms under fire over high-rise safety tests

Private companies that have had fire safety tests on their high-rise buildings should make the results public, the Local Government Association (LGA) has urged.

‘Look to regional places to strengthen local economies’

Regional cities must take the lead in rebalancing the London-centric investment market, a think-tank has said.