CIPFA faces member rebellion over traffic light index
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is facing opposition from its own members to its proposals for a traffic light-style resilience index, The MJ understands.
Are council chiefs much different from football managers?
Blair McPherson looks at the delicate relationship between council leaders and chief executives and compares it with that of the manager and chairman of a top flight football club.
A funding system that’s had its time
Are business rates a dinosaur tax? Tim Willis explores the pros and cons of the current business rates system for local authorities and calls for innovative new solutions.
What is the strategy for local government?
Lawrence Conway says the sector needs a unified strategy that is sustainable with forthright leadership and a focus on its goals and objectives.
'Knock-on effects' warning over LEP deadline
A policy expert has added his criticism to the ‘overly-hasty’ September deadline for reformed Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) geographies and warned of ‘knock-on effects’.
Social housing paper dismissed as 'small step'
The Government’s long-awaited social housing Green Paper has been dismissed as a ‘small step’ towards improvement by the Conservative-led Local Government Association.
Councils resist peer challenge offer
The Local Government Association (LGA) is facing resistance as it struggles to persuade reluctant councils to undergo a corporate peer challenge.
Suspended Sellgren leaves council
A council chief executive suspended for nine months after an independent review into problems faced by voters at the General Election has left the authority.
New chief executive announced for Stroud
Stroud DC has announced Kathy O’Leary as its new chief executive.
Municipal Bonds Agency in council plea
The UK Municipal Bonds Agency (UKMBA) has urged councils with borrowing needs to sign up for its first issue.
Localis calls for 'big bang' devolution approach
Think-tank Localis has called for a ‘big bang approach’ to recast the relationship between Whitehall and councils.
Kerswell named as interim chief at Newham
Katherine Kerswell has been appointed as interim chief executive of Newham LBC to replace current chief Kim Bromley-Derry, who will retire at the end of this month.
Oxfordshire leader stands by unitarisation despite ministerial pause
Oxfordshire CC’s leader has vowed to keep his unitary proposals on the back-burner after local government minister Rishi Sunak backed a pause in reorganisation plans.
Don’t leave cyber security to chance
When it comes to cyber security, it is time we prepared for the worst before it’s too late, writes William Benson.
MPs call for devolution expansion
The current programme of English devolution to combined authorities and mayors should be expanded and greater powers devolved, MPs have said.
Rutland shakes-up management team
Rutland CC has shaken-up its senior management team, with three directors taking on new roles.
Better Care Fund stand-off continues
The stand-off between the Local Government Association (LGA) and Better Care Fund (BCF) officials will continue after Smith Square refused to endorse the latest guidance.
Ministers back company delay
Ministers have approved a request for Worcestershire CC’s new children’s social care company to be launched six months later than planned.
Peers suggest senior management restructure
Local Government Association peers have suggested there is an ‘opportunity to rethink’ Shropshire Council’s senior management structure.
Second restructure in two years at Wellingborough
Another major management restructure is underway at Wellingborough BC, a year on from its last overhaul.