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.
Pickles to stand down as MP
Former communities secretary Sir Eric Pickles has announced he is standing down as MP for Brentwood and Ongar after 25 years.
MacDonald commits to £6m Lambeth scheme
Plans to undertake a large-scale regeneration project in Lambeth have moved a step closer with contractor Mott MacDonald appointed for a development management contract.
Think-tank calls for fiscal devolution
Council tax and business rates in Scotland should be devolved in full to local authorities, a think-tank has argued.
Call for licensing committees to be scrapped
Council licensing committees should be abolished and their powers handed to planning experts, a radical new report has suggested.
Interim directors to leave Wolverhampton
Two interim directors are leaving Wolverhampton City Council, it has been announced.
Bournemouth looks to axe chief executive role
Bournemouth councillors will be asked to vote on making the role of chief executive redundant.
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Cllr David Hodge: Why I am quitting
Cllr David Hodge explains why he is standing down as chairman of the Conservative group at the Local Government Association.
Property purchases will net £1.6m for district council
Basildon BC could eventually spend £80m buying up property across the UK to generate £1.6m a year, councillors will be told.
LGA group exit for Surrey leader
David Hodge has quit as the leader of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Conservative group following the political furore over the so-called Nickileaks affair.
Bid to oust Hodge as Surrey leader thwarted
An attempt to oust the leader of Surrey CC in the wake of an alleged ‘sweetheart deal’ with the Government failed today.
‘Ambitious’ health integration plans look to be ‘scaled back’
The Government has scaled back on achieving full health and social care integration by 2020, it has been claimed.
One in three upper-tier councils face ‘severe financial challenges’
At least one in three of England’s 152 upper-tier councils are facing ‘severe financial challenges’ in 2018/19, a top auditor has warned.
Peer report calls on councils to stop ‘cherry-picking’ leads
Sector-led improvement review teams need to be better prepared and more consistent, an independent study of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) corporate peer challenge (CPC) has found.
Council approves £9m hospital loan
Senior councillors have approved a £9.2m loan to help Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Lamb calls for Norfolk unitary
An influential former minister has called for a unitary council covering Norfolk.
The Great Wall of Croydon
Diary got wind of an interesting development for local democracy at a public meeting in Croydon last week. No, seriously.
CCG deal may create conflicts
Council officers taking leadership roles in a pioneering partnership with a clinical commissioning group could be forced to back controversial decisions their own authority opposes.
Leaked recording confirms Surrey 'gentleman's agreement'
A leaked recording of Surrey CC leader, David Hodge, admitting he secured a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ from ministers to call off a referendum has emerged.