• High Court dismisses Bibby Stockholm legal challenge

    23 May 2024

    The High Court has dismissed a legal case challenging the Government’s controversial use of the Bibby Stockholm barge to house asylum seekers off the coast.

  • Exhaustively yours

    21 May 2024

    Combing through the ballot papers from the recent local elections, Diary unearthed a few gems.

  • Give us space

    21 May 2024

    If there is to be a new Total Place, or interest in using combined authorities as mechanisms of collective problem-solving, it will take more than new resources to nurture the creative, brave public service reform mindset, says head of policy and programmes at the Future Governance Forum and associate director for public sector and politics at the Leadership Centre, Claire Spencer.

  • LGA: Care Act hope has faded

    14 May 2024

    Only around two thirds of councils are confident of being able to meet all their legal duties under the Care Act by April.

  • Fresh Right to Buy devolution call

    10 May 2024

    Calls to devolve England’s Right to Buy policy are gathering momentum, with a centre-left think-tank now urging ministers to hand powers to councils.

  • Tread carefully when talking to members 

    03 May 2024

    Passion and professional values have their place but they need to be shaped to take account of the political environment, says Blair Mcpherson. 

  • UPDATED: Tories hold Tees Valley despite heavy losses

    03 May 2024

    Ben Houchen retaining the Tees Valley mayoralty for the Conservatives proved to be the party's only glimmer of hope among a bleak set of local election results.

  • Auditors issue warning over member-officer relations at district

    30 April 2024

    Teignbridge DC has deployed external support to improve member-officer relations after auditors reported the authority has made little progress since warnings last year.

  • UK first as council approves stake in low-carbon firm

    23 April 2024

    Shropshire Council is to become joint owner of a firm producing low-carbon materials worth an estimated £133,333 annually to the authority.

  • Watchdog tells Falkirk to confront 'difficult decisions'

    17 April 2024

    Falkirk Council faces ‘difficult decisions’ to bridge a budget gap of tens of millions, according to Audit Scotland.

  • James is moving on up

    16 April 2024

    With accusations of a helpful shoe-up the career ladder never far away, having a famous parent has long been a tricky issue for politicians.

  • The will to win in Wilts

    16 April 2024

    Wiltshire Council was the setting for the latest round of the Local Government Challenge, which focused on ways to support residents through the cost of living crisis. Viola Owembabazi reports.

  • Council to announce chief after capacity criticism

    15 April 2024

    East Devon DC is hoping to announce its new chief executive early next month after peers said senior level capacity was currently ‘limited’.

  • LGA to launch 'foundation programme' for new chiefs

    11 April 2024

    The Local Government Association (LGA) is to introduce a ‘significant new foundation programme’ for newly-appointed chief executives after a ‘successful’ pilot.

  • Battle lines drawn for local elections

    03 April 2024

    Rows over levelling up have dominated the opening clashes as campaigning kicked off for next month’s local elections.

  • LGA looks to do more to help officers

    03 April 2024

    The Local Government Association (LGA) is looking to do more to help officers fulfil their roles as part of a policy shift for the politically-led organisation.

  • 'Business as usual' for Lancashire councillors despite resignations

    02 April 2024

    Councillors in Lancashire have insisted it will be ‘business as usual’ despite 20 resignations in protest at the leadership of the national Labour party.

  • He’s no chicken

    26 March 2024

    It’s not every day that you see a councillor wearing a mask – at least not since the pandemic.

  • Officer-councillor tensions affecting outcomes, review finds

    20 March 2024

    ‘Clear and obvious tensions’ between Teignbridge DC’s executive and senior leadership team are ‘inhibiting progress and damaging the council’s reputation,’ a review has warned.

  • Government 'may have underestimated' mandatory reporting impact

    19 March 2024

    The Home Office may have underestimated the additional number of child sexual abuse (CSA) cases when mandatory reporting is introduced, experts have warned.