'Laddish' culture at Cardiff
More than half of female councillors at Cardiff City Council have experienced bullying or intimidation in the last year, a survey of members has found.
Fresh finance warning for Northamptonshire CC
Northamptonshire CC’s finance director has issued an early warning the county already risks missing key savings targets that enabled it to agree a legal budget.
There was a recent moment of drama in the chamber at Birmingham City Council – well, more than usual – when a ceremonial clanger was highlighted.
Grenfell council leader pays tribute
Kensington & Chelsea RLBC’s leader has praised the families affected and paid tribute to those who died a year on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Manzie made a Dame
The former interim chief executive of Birmingham City Council, Stella Manzie, has been made a Dame in the Queen’s birthday honours for services to local government.
Regional employers rebel over pay offer for chiefs
A regional rebellion is building over the national employers’ inferior pay offer for chief executives and senior officers.
Northamptonshire intervention bolsters sector's credit quality
Local government’s high credit quality has been bolstered by the Government’s intervention at Northamptonshire, an expert has said.
Auditor attacks Northamptonshire reporting
Financial reporting at Northamptonshire CC was too ‘vague’ and lacked crucial detail prior to the county’s Section 114 notice, a new audit report has revealed.
Telford CSE inquiry delayed to involve victims
An inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Telford has been delayed to give victims a greater say in its formation.
Peterborough considers launching trading company
Peterborough City Council could launch a local authority trading company to give it more control over waste, street cleaning and flytipping.
‘Toothless tiger’ standards beast needs to roar
both officers and councillors should be able to conduct their roles without fear of intimidation and that will require a standards regime with teeth, writes Heather Jameson.
Standards split between officers and councillors
Councillors and officers are divided over the future of the standards regime, with politicians backing the existing approach dismissed as a ‘toothless tiger’ by officials.
Wrexham: Reorganisation not a panacea for austerity
One of the biggest local authorities in north Wales has vowed to ‘strongly oppose’ attempts to reorganise local government.
Brum takes £63m from reserves to help overspend
Birmingham City Council has spent a whopping £63m of its reserves to ‘structurally deliver’ its 2017/18 budget and reduce an overspend of more than £20m, a report to senior councillors has revealed.
Council told to 'grip financial situation'
Somerset CC must ‘grip its financial situation’ and become more focussed on its ‘immediate financial challenges,’ a group of Local Government Association peers have urged.
Hull children's services in £4.4m overspend
Growing numbers of vulnerable children requiring care and a national shortage of suitable residential placements have led to Hull City Council’s children’s services overspending.
MHCLG: A lot can be gained from unitary
A unitary structure could save money and improve effectiveness, top civil servants have said in their clearest signal yet of a Government view on reorganisation.
Should we trust the survey on trust?
If you want to be popular don’t become a politician is the message from the latest Veracity Index into the professions the public most trust.
Brexit warning for Middlesbrough
Senior Middlesbrough councillors have been warned that the potential economic damage arising from Britain leaving the EU could derail its strategy for regeneration and renewal.
BREAKING: 'Inspirational' leader steps down after 27 years
Wigan MBC’s ‘inspirational’ Lord Peter Smith has announced he is stepping down after 27 years as leader.