Local Government Association
Government waters down devoluton framework plans
Hopes are fading that the Government’s devolution framework will jump-start the agenda when it is finally published.
LGA research 'debunks' inefficient services myth
Wildly different spending levels in children’s services owe more to local demographic factors than to inefficiency or political decision, an independent report for the Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed today.
EXCLUSIVE: Doubts raised over local industrial strategies rollout
Concerns have been raised over the future of local industrial strategies, amid fears Whitehall will fail to push the policy further than just a few urban areas.
Social care green paper delayed - again
The long-awaited social care green paper has been further delayed until the autumn after repeated Whitehall insistencies it was on track.
Preventing another Grenfell
On the first anniversary of the Grenfell tragedy Lord Porter explains how the Local Government Association is working with the Government to stop this from happening again.
LGA call amid appeals backlog
More than 133,000 firms are still awaiting appeals of their business rates valuation from 2010 to be resolved, council leaders have revealed.
Khan talks extremism with LGA
Britain’s commissioner for countering extremism met with senior sector figures yesterday to discuss concerns over long-term funding and the response to the far-right threat.
CIPFA hits back at Tesco rates attack
Finance directors have hit back at criticisms made by big companies that business rates are causing the collapse of retailers on the high street.
LGA in Right to Buy warning
Councils’ ability to replace homes sold under Right to Buy (RTB) will be effectively eliminated within five years, a new study for the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.
National fund needed for health and care integration - MPs
A call has been made for more funds and the creation of a ‘national transformation strategy’ to accelerate health and care integration.
Secondments stall after Government drops support
A drive to increase secondments between central and local government has stalled after the Cabinet Office backed away from supporting the programme.
Council 'cliff edge' warning
Councils could face a ‘cliff edge’ if assessments of relative needs are fixed for five years and then reset under a new finance model.
LGA to reveal Brexit demands
Pressure is to be piled on the Government to secure the best Brexit deal for councils by the Local Government Association (LGA).
Pensions data improvement drive
Local government pension schemes (LGPS) will be visited next week to be given advice on how to improve the data they collect.
EXCLUSIVE: Councils take key Prevent strategy role
Councils have been handed administrative control of the controversial Prevent counter-terror strategy, as ministers seek to make it more amenable to communities, The MJ has learned.
Capita commits to sector at crunch meeting
Capita’s new chief executive Jonathan Lewis has met with a number of local government clients to detail his vision for the company.
Brokenshire dodges Right to Buy question
Housing secretary James Brokenshire has refused to disclose how much councils have been required to pay back to the Treasury in Right to Buy (RTB) receipts.
Bailey to oversee management review at North Somerset
An ex-chief executive of Islington LBC, Local Partnerships and consultancy iMPOWER has been appointed interim boss and head of paid service at North Somerset Council.
Council warning after schools cash injection
Councils have warned that a £50m investment to create state-of-the-art school places for pupils with special educational needs (SEN) should not be a one-off cash injection.
Taxi law change demanded
Calls have been made for the Government to update taxi laws, some of which date back 170 years.