• Identify children before crisis point

    10 September 2019

    Anne Longfield says that while an extra £1bn for adult and children's services has to be welcome, it will do no more than plug some gaps and leave the systemic problem unaddressed.

  • A journey starts with a single step

    06 September 2019

    Places like North Yorkshire have never been well funded by governments, according to Richard Webb. He says we will need to see the final departmental settlement detail of the spending round announcements, but at first look the news is very welcome.

  • Hitting the accelerator on integration

    05 September 2019

    A new report launched today at the Healthcare Innovation Expo outlines 15 practical actions for accelerating integrated care. Ewan King and Fiona Russell explain how the resource aims to help practitioners make better use of available evidence.

  • Paul Carter to step down as leader of Kent

    05 September 2019

    The leader of Kent CC, Cllr Paul Carter, has announced he is to step down after 14 years in the role.

  • Local leadership has never been so important

    04 September 2019

    Beyond preparing for the immediate fall out from a no deal Brexit should it happen, Lord Kerslake believes local government will need to play a key role in uniting the country again following one of the most divisive periods in its history.

  • Elderly people 'could die' in the event of a no-deal Brexit

    03 September 2019

    A no-deal Brexit, if it happens, could result in the deaths of elderly people, according to the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Lib Dem group leader.

  • Care White Paper must change ‘frightening picture’ of future

    02 September 2019

    A charity has called for wholesale reform of the care sector in the Government’s promised White Paper after figures revealed the depletion of providers.

  • Social care feels the squeeze on staffing

    14 August 2019

    The increasing shortage of adult care staff has been highlighted in two reports last week, with the sector having the second highest vacancy rate among public services. Michael Burton reports

  • Can't we keep things simple?

    14 August 2019

    Gary Fielding would much rather get his finance team off the accounts as quickly as possible and 'engaged in helping to provide financial management'.

  • LGA airs its Brexit fears

    08 August 2019

    New communities secretary Robert Jenrick has attempted to soothe Local Government Association (LGA) Brexit concerns after hearing them directly at a crunch Marsham Street meeting.

  • Dance yourself dizzy...

    06 August 2019

    Diary has always liked a bit of a boogie.

  • Government response to youth violence ‘inadequate’

    30 July 2019

    The Government has been urged to back councils to tackle the rise in youth violence.

  • Third time’s the charm

    24 July 2019

    Being a council chief executive can be a turbulent lifestyle choice.

  • Changing perceptions?

    10 July 2019

    Councils are now looking for consistency on spending, as children's services continue to struggle. The annual ADCS conference picked up on this theme, as Dan Peters reports

  • On the buses...

    09 July 2019

    The favourite to become the UK’s next Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, recently revealed how he makes models of buses in his spare time.

  • Showtime by the seaside

    09 July 2019

    Ministers, mandarins, town hall, Whitehall and more all met in Bournemouth last week for the Local Government Association conference. Michael Burton reports on the highlights

  • Rolling out a new institutionalism

    09 July 2019

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West wonders if, alongside new localism, we need a new institutionalism too?

  • How can the financial settlement meet its deadline?

    09 July 2019

    The clock is ticking on the countdown to publication of the financial settlement for 2020/21, says Michael Burton - but the timetable is 'spectacularly complex'.

  • Court date set for councils' £2bn tax dispute with NHS trusts

    08 July 2019

    A court date has been set for the long-running legal dispute between councils and NHS trusts over rates relief.

  • Non-metropolitan councils need the power to tackle barriers to growth

    04 July 2019

    The Post-Brexit England Commission’s final report has set out a prospectus to Government of ‘tangible, practical proposals’ with the potential to ‘make a difference to local communities quickly’.