Care recruitment 'car crash' warning
Ministers have been warned of an impending ‘car crash’ in care recruitment due to the numbers of extra staff needed to handle care package changes.
Minister tells councils to ‘prioritise when delivering core services'
In a message to the Local Government Association’s annual conference, Treasury minister Simon Clarke, said he was ‘mindful’ that councils would be ‘feeling the pinch’.
Lib Dem leader: Councils should be at heart of tackling cost of living crisis
Councils should be at the heart of action to tackle the cost of living crisis, Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey has said.
LGA Conference: Sector should consider offering four-day week
Councils may have to consider offering a four-day week in order to attract the staff desperately needed by the sector, a workshop at the Local Government Association’s (LGA) annual conference has heard.
Labour calls for council worker pay rise
Shadow levelling up secretary Lisa Nandy told the Local Government Association conference soaring inflation was the ‘last straw’ for workers.
Disco DJ at LGA
Diary is very much looking forward to the LGA conference in Harrogate.
Is now our perfect storm?
Neil Lupin looks at the current challenges faced by local authorities and the benefits of having interim managers.
Avoiding the edge
As the sector gathers this week for the LGA conference, Dr Jonathan Carr-West says it’s time to speak with a united voice on devolution and levelling up, and to focus on generating value and how we manage financial risk.
Gove urges councils to call out poor performance
Levelling up secretary Michael Gove quite rightly sung the praises of local government for the sector's efforts during the pandemic, says Heather Jameson. But eventually he cut to the chase – with a hefty carrot and stick approach to the future.
Gove says new body will 'shine light' on sector failures and successes
Michael Gove has reaffirmed his plans to ‘shine a light’ on both the failures and successes of councils with a new Office for Local Government.
We must rise to this moment
Writing ahead of her LGA conference plenary, shadow secretary of state Lisa Nandy says it’s time for a different sort of leadership – one that partners with the community and puts people in the driving seat.
Are we building back better or bleaker?
We glimpsed a reimagined world during the pandemic, but there is a certain bleakness stemming from a moment missed, says Max Wide. He believes building back better is still possible, but needs conscious leadership.
Councils told to improve on diversity
Councils have a 'really bad brand and reputation issue’ and must get better at attracting talented and diverse staff, a panel has heard.
LGA finance warning kicks off conference
More councils could be tipped into financial crisis while others face emergency in-year cuts due to soaring inflation and living wage increases, the Local Government Association (LGA) warned today.
A celebration of collaboration
Enterprise Ireland is the innovation and development agency of the Irish Government and it will be at the LGA conference supporting a number of companies. Its goal is to build successful, long-term relationships between UK local authorities and Irish partners.
Poverty truth commissions are not a talking shop
Andrew Grinnell says poverty truth commissions may not be the answer to the cost of living crisis, but they have led to positive changes, including a shift in the way councils communicate with citizens.
A battle cry for strong councils
Communities suffer when Government is centralised, says leader of the Lib Dems Sir Ed Davey – and he believes local government is vital to fixing many of the issues that plague society.
Re-stitching a brighter future
Robin Tuddenham says that for levelling up to be truly effective it must be led by those who are completely attuned to the unique needs and wants of each local area and leadership must come from local government.
The biggest event in the local government calendar returns
The sector is poised to gather next week at the LGA Annual Conference. Chairman Cllr James Jamieson says there will be no shortage of topics to discuss, including devolution and the urgent cross-cutting challenge of the cost of living crisis.
Max calls councils out
Former London borough chief Max Caller has carved out a niche for himself as a serial reviewer of failing authorities. He tells Heather Jameson what he has learned – and how councils can avoid collapse.