• Dissecting dysfunction

    31 August 2021

    Could anything have been done by the sector or the Government to draw Croydon back from downfall? Dan Peters speaks to leader Cllr Hamida Ali and chief executive Katherine Kerswell.

  • Commissioner to be appointed at Bradford

    10 August 2021

    The Government is to appoint a commissioner to oversee improvements to children’s services at Bradford City Council after questioning whether leaders have ‘sufficient grip’.

  • Birmingham faces intervention on SEND

    27 July 2021

    Birmingham City Council faces a further intervention after a damning Ofsted report revealed it was not making progress.

  • Liverpool's accounts delayed by police investigation

    14 July 2021

    Liverpool City Council auditors have warned they will not be able to sign off the council’s accounts until police fraud investigations are complete.

  • Surrey chief part of four-strong team of Liverpool commissioners

    10 June 2021

    Surrey CC’s chief executive Joanna Killian will be part of the team of independent commissioners who will oversee improvements at Liverpool City Council, local government secretary Robert Jenrick has announced today.

  • Northants commissioners in ‘hubris’ warning

    04 June 2021

    Councils have been warned against falling victim to ‘hubris’ in the same manner as Northamptonshire CC.

  • Former Liverpool mayor refused permission for legal challenge

    04 June 2021

    Former Liverpool City Council Mayor Joe Anderson and his son David have been refused permission for a legal challenge over their arrests last year.

  • Anderson to sue government over Liverpool intervention

    20 May 2021

    Former mayor of Liverpool City Council, Joe Anderson, is planning to sue the Government for its decision to intervene in the city.

  • Herefordshire handed improvement notice

    19 May 2021

    The Government has issued an improvement notice to Herefordshire Council over ‘serious concerns’ regarding children’s services.

  • New chief to handle response to damning judgement

    27 April 2021

    Herefordshire Council’s incoming chief executive will personally lead improvement after a judge said there had been ‘longstanding failures’ in the authority’s children’s services.

  • Good luck Liverpool

    08 April 2021

    Intervention can be the best thing that happens to a council, ‘and can serve only to define the past not the future’, says Jo Miller. But the cause of the failure must be recognised and the right series of actions taken, she believes.

  • Limited government intervention is good outcome, says Liverpool chief

    29 March 2021

    A limited intervention at Liverpool City Council – rather than the full takeover that was expected – is a good outcome for the city, chief executive Tony Reeves has told The MJ.

  • Jenrick steps in at 'dysfunctional' Liverpool

    24 March 2021

    Commissioners will be sent in to Liverpool City Council after an independent inquiry found serious mismanagement and a dysfunctional culture, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has told Parliament.

  • Intervention at Blackpool to end

    15 March 2021

    A commissioner has recommended intervention in children’s services at Blackpool Council should come to an end.

  • Intervention ends at Reading

    09 February 2021

    Government intervention in Reading Council’s children’s services has come to an end after five years.

  • Failing to act on audit invites intervention, says Whiteman

    09 February 2021

    A failure to act on the Redmond review could lead to more Government intervention, finance chief Rob Whiteman has told MPs.

  • Nottingham improvement board appointed

    21 January 2021

    The board has been tasked with providing external ‘advice, challenge and expertise’ to the council as it gets its finances back on track.

  • Nottingham plans £100m asset sale

    19 January 2021

    The council has identified £100m of assets for sale as part of a plan to bring its finances under control.

  • Councillors voice intervention fears

    13 January 2021

    Members of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council have raised concerns the authority could face government intervention over the performance of its planning department.

  • Learning the lessons from interventions

    05 August 2020

    Paul McDermott says the MHCLG’s analysis of corporate dysfunction is a must read, as it raises the question of what measures could be adopted to underpin good governance and avoid future interventions