Bill passes as intervention powers reined in
The Health and Care Bill has officially received Royal Assent following months of wrangling between the House of Commons and House of Lords.
Gloucestershire improvement notice lifted
An improvement notice issued to Gloucestershire CC’s children’s services has been lifted.
West Sussex to retain control of children's services
The Department for Education had ordered the establishment of a company to run children’s services after it was judged to be inadequate by Ofsted in 2019.
Taking the collaborative approach to success
New Peterborough City Council chief executive Matt Gladstone is endlessly positive about his job, despite having an intervention team and a history of financial difficulties. Heather Jameson reports.
Ministers accused of 'blind political prejudice' over Sandwell intervention
Former Labour minister John Spellar has dismissed as ‘blind political prejudice’ ministers’ decision to send commissioners into Sandwell MBC days after an upbeat peer review.
Merthyr Tydfil improvement board ends
Independent oversight of Merthyr Tydfil CBC has come to an end following improvements to its governance and sustainability.
Slough commissioners sack chief for 'gross misconduct'
Slough Council’s commissioners have sacked chief executive Josie Wragg for ‘gross misconduct’ with immediate effect.
Slough given conditions for £300m bailout
Slough Council will only be considered for a £307m Government bailout to cover its deficits if it proves it can turn itself around financially, the Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has warned.
South Gloucestershire handed improvement notice
The Government has issued an improvement notice to South Gloucestershire Council following concerns about its children’s services.
LGA Labour leader claims political ‘meddling' in intervention
Cllr Nick Forbes warned confidence in the current system was being put at risk as a result.
Liverpool reluctantly hikes commissioner fees
Mayor Joanne Anderson said she was ‘appalled’ at the rise in costs.
Minister ‘minded’ to intervene at Sandwell Council
The Government is considering sending in commissions into Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council due to its failure to ‘resolve a variety of governance issues.’
Reviewers ‘underestimated’ challenge at Croydon
In a report a year on from their initial review, Chris Wood and Alan Gay said the 'enormity of the task seems to have grown’.
Commissioners sent in to struggling Slough
The Government has sent commissioners in to struggling Slough Council in a bid to turn around its failing finances.
Croydon could face second public interest report
Grant Thornton has been looking into the redevelopment of the Fairfield Halls arts centre by the council-owned firm Brick by Brick.
Liverpool 'fails to grasp' the significance of intervention, commissioners claim
Liverpool City Council’s intervention team found a lack of competence and capacity, and a failure by senior officers to grasp the seriousness of the situation, their first letter detailing their progress said.
Minister warns Wirral and Peterborough on finances
Two councils that applied for capitalisation directions from the Government failed to face up to their financial shortcomings, reviews have found.
Liverpool to spend £12m to fund improvements
Liverpool City Council has approved nearly £12m in funding for improvement, following its intervention.
Government appoints SEND commissioner at Birmingham
A former council chief executive has been appointed to oversee improvements to Birmingham City Council’s special educational needs and disability (SEND) service.
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.