News

Javid ignores calls for more council funding

Javid ignores calls for more council funding

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.

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Opinion

Step in or step back from Brum

Javid ignores calls for more council funding

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

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Best Practice

Action plan for Glasgow’s growth

Action plan for Glasgow’s growth

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.

Analysis

No more lies on finances

No more lies on finances

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

Private sector

Council buys Tesco site for £43.5m

Rotherham MBC has bought a former Tesco store, which will form a key part of a £43.5m regeneration project.

53% of London’s 30 boroughs plan to replace IT systems

More than half of local authorities in London are planning to replace their IT systems, according to new research.

Glasgow plans £30m TIF deal

Glasgow City Council is to develop a £30m tax incremental finance (TIF) package to fund the development of a new innovation district.