Local Government Association
EXCLUSIVE: Gove to be quizzed on councillor security
MPs are to question local government secretary Michael Gove on the security of councillors following last week’s fatal attack on MP David Amess.
Council has 'made progress' since chief's departure
South Ribble BC has ‘made progress to address historic governance issues and challenges,’ according to a Local Government Association (LGA) peer review.
Think-tank in call for wellbeing budgets
The Government should introduce ‘wellbeing budgets’ that look beyond gross domestic product (GDP) to reduce regional health inequalities, a think-tank has urged.
LGA: External audit firms need to address their shortcomings
Town hall leaders have said external audit firms ‘need to address their shortcomings’ to improve the timeliness of audits.
Future Forum: Top recruiter predicts exodus
A top recruiter has predicted a senior-level exodus from the sector.
Jamieson urges councils to sign up to national audit procurement
The Local Government Association’s (LGA) chairman has urged councils to sign up for the national scheme for auditor appointments despite admitting disappointment with external audit’s operation.
Peers find 'strong and effective leadership' at council
Telford & Wrekin Council has ‘strong and effective’ political and managerial leadership, Local Government Association peers have found.
EXCLUSIVE: Government rejects university hall quarantine idea
The Government has dismissed calls from the nine regional chief executives to allow international students from red-list countries (RLC) to quarantine in university halls.
EXCLUSIVE: Call for transparency around rough sleeping programme
Labour’s shadow housing secretary has called for more transparency around the performance of a key rough sleeping funding programme amid government secrecy.
EXCLUSIVE: Porter intervention in waste plans
A former Conservative chairman of the Local Government Association has angrily criticised the Environment Bill’s waste reform proposals.
We need to do more to tackle homelessness before it happens
The country needs a national housing and homelessness strategy underpinned by long-term sustainable investment, with a significant focus on prevention, says John Glenton.
LGA boosts finance help
Local authority leaders have laid out a raft of changes aimed at helping councils become more financially sustainable and resilient in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local government given partial self-isolation exemption
Local government has been included on a list of sectors that may be allowed to ignore COVID self-isolation rules, the Government has confirmed.
Wilkins to be replaced
Oldham MBC’s chief executive, Carolyn Wilkins, is to be replaced, with council leader Arooj Shah wanting a new person at the helm.
Getting back in the groove
As the country prepares to open up to gatherings again, Heather Jameson rounds up last week’s major annual virtual conferences – and finds an air of optimism within the sector despite the challenges ahead.
Reed accuses government of dropping devolution
Shadow communities secretary Steve Reed has accused the Government of dropping its commitment to devolution.
Jenrick to reduce competitive bidding
The communities secretary has pledged to reduce the number of funds councils have to compete for as part of plans to consolidate the sector’s funding.
Quarantine hotel consultation call
Council leaders have called for the Government to consult with local authorities before quarantine hotels are opened in their areas.
Social housing shortage blamed for rising bed and breakfast use
Rising numbers of people who are homeless are being placed in bed and breakfasts due to a severe shortage of social housing, council leaders have warned.
Municipal bonds agency faces uncertain future
The board of the loss-making UK Municipal Bonds Agency (MBA) has warned the company faces an uncertain future.