Slough intervention could continue after November - Government
Whitehall intervention in Conservative-led Slough BC could continue beyond November, the Government has suggested.
Birmingham 'worse' than commissioners feared
The situation in Birmingham City Council is worse than commissioners expected, a report to the secretary of state has claimed.
Local authorities in the spotlight: Hit the simplify button
Service director at Peopletoo Selinda Chouhan sets out nine foundations local authorities need to have in place to support the delivery of improvement, transformation and change programmes.
LGA moves towards performance support role
The Local Government Association (LGA) is to take a more proactive role as it seeks to do more to prevent Whitehall intervention in councils, The MJ understands.
Statutory recommendations lifted at Sandwell
Auditors have lifted the three statutory recommendations in place at Sandwell MBC.
Revised Best Value notices for two authorities
Two authorities have been issued with revised Best Value notices by ministers after it was found more improvement work was required.
Accounts Commission highlights ‘strong leadership’ at Dumfries and Galloway
An Accounts Commission report has praised Dumfries and Galloway Council’s leadership and finances – but it needs to keep local residents better informed on local services.
Oflog chair ‘aware of the systemic pressures’
Chair of the Office for Local Government (Oflog), Lord Morse, has said he wants to ‘set the record straight’ over a controversial interview.
Tower Hamlets vows to tackle 'two council' culture
Senior managers at Tower Hamlets LBC have vowed to tackle its ‘two council’ culture and encourage political representation among women amid sector concerns.
Dudley's sustainability 'in jeopardy'
Dudley MBC has set up an improvement board following stark warnings over its finances and governance.
Pressure for LGA peer review to be strengthened
Senior Local Government Association (LGA) figures are pushing the organisation to beef up its peer review offer to help neutralise the threat from Oflog.
Shining a light on relationships
As leaders tackle the challenge of cultivating collaborations across the public sector Dr Rachel Hawley and Professor Tony Wall offer some tips to deepen relationships at a time when stress is running high.
Moving in to pick up the pieces
Gavin Jones talks to Heather Jameson about the work that goes into sorting out the aftermath of a s114 notice.
Don't call it a comeback
Dan Peters talks to Cllr Rowenna Davis and Mayor Jason Perry about Croydon LBC's improvement journey, and how, in spite of positive signs, there is still much work to do.
EXCLUSIVE: Improvement grant talks to start with zero-based review
A zero-based budgeting review will take place as part of talks on next year’s sector-led improvement grant, The MJ understands.
Brum commissioners warn council will need further help to agree lawful budget
Commissioners at Birmingham City Council have warned it will struggle to agree a lawful budget next year without further help.
Council told to focus on 'getting basics right'
South Holland DC should focus on ‘getting the basics right’ before pushing ahead with more innovative improvement proposals, sector peers have reported.
Animosity hampering scrutiny, investigation warns
Animosity between councillors and the mayor of an east London council are hampering proper scrutiny of its activities, an investigation has warned.
EXCLUSIVE: Oflog base 'focus' on Wolverhampton
The new local government body responsible for identifying financial problems in councils earlier and strengthening accountability aims to base most of its staff outside London, The MJ understands.
Croydon improvement panel details exit strategy
Croydon LBC’s Government-appointed improvement panel has outlined a timetable for withdrawing from the authority amid ‘strong progress’ in fixing its finances.