PAC: Government lacks ambition on housing
The Government lacks the necessary ambition to solve the housing crisis and is overly reliant on a ‘broken’ market to deliver the homes people need, MPs have argued today.
DCLG’s Royal appointment
The country is currently in the chaotic grip of General Election and Brexit fever. But there is one event that would surely blow these out of the water - the death of the Queen.
‘Delay rollout of 100% rates retention by at least a year’
The rollout of 100% business rates retention should be pushed back by at least a year, the chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has urged.
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.
CIPFA warning as General Election called
MPs should not use the snap General Election to make ‘undeliverable promises’ about the future funding of public services, experts have warned.
Impact of academisation on authority pension funds requires ‘radical measures’
Ministers have not ruled out ‘radical measures’ after a six-month review of the impact of academisation on council pension funds.
Probe into pension boards’ efficiency
The effectiveness and operational efficiency of local pension boards will be tested by a survey two years on from their creation.
Scorn for Bourne’s £1bn
Government figures claiming councils can raise £1bn through the social care precept are massively inflated from the sector’s calculations, it has emerged.
Whitehall may step in over authorities’ commercial deals
The Government may intervene to lower the risks associated with the increased commercial activities of local authorities, it has been suggested.
Super pools ‘still have a long way to go’
The local government pension scheme (LGPS) super pools have ‘a lot of ground’ to cover if the promised savings from the shake-up are to be achieved, an expert has warned.
Let’s get our voices heard
iMPOWER’s Jeremy Cooper says ‘solving’ the problem of delayed transfers is not as simple as merely throwing £1bn at it.
PAC chair: Brexit to lead to rushed and bad decisions
The chair of the powerful Public Accounts Committee has predicted Brexit will lead to ‘rushed and bad decisions’ by Whitehall.
Former detective moves from Mansfield
North West Leicestershire DC has appointed Beverley Smith as its new chief executive, who will join the authority in early June.
The UK pushes the boat out at Cannes
In the week Parliament passed the vote to trigger moves to leave the EU, the UK government and a host of cities descended on the world’s largest property investment event to spread the word that ‘the UK is open for business.’ Michael Burton reports
Councils ‘best’ to decide where to spend £2bn for social care
Councils have been told they are ‘best placed’ to decide how to spend the additional £2bn the Government has stumped up for social care.
DCLG could lose £600m after Brexit
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) could lose up to £600m of its annual budget following Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, auditors have warned as the two-year countdown to the UK leaving the EU begins today.
Transparency warning issued for LEPs
Communities secretary Sajid Javid this week urged local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) to ‘take a good look at your corporate governance’ amid transparency concerns.
Finance overhaul risks exposed
Auditors have warned some councils will struggle to raise enough cash to deliver statutory services under current plans for 100% business rates retention.
A winning strategy?
The industrial strategy has dominated the agenda over the past month, but a new Localis report says it is time to move the debate forward. Sam Clayden reports.
Cornwall to demand more rate relief powers
More powers and flexibilities around rate reliefs and public health will be demanded by Cornwall Council as it heads into negotiations for a 2018/19 pilot.