Local Government Association
Councils struggle in face of rising homelessness
A housing shortfall and Government benefit cuts are ‘fuelling’ rising homelessness as councils warn they are struggling to find affordable tenancies.
Two new hires at Durham
Durham Council has made two new appointments to its senior management team.
What’s the right message?
Authorities flouting rules restricting the publication of town hall freesheets are in danger of creating their own echo chambers and undermining local democracy, as Claire Fox explains.
Cllr David Hodge: Why I am quitting
Cllr David Hodge explains why he is standing down as chairman of the Conservative group at the Local Government Association.
‘Overlooked’ counties threaten to quit LGA
The Local Government Association (LGA) was this week facing a battle to placate its county membership amid snowballing threats to quit the association.
Councils are braced for NHS cash raid
Local government is bracing itself for a NHS cash grab as it battles for influence over how to spend the extra £2bn for social care.
LGA group exit for Surrey leader
David Hodge has quit as the leader of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Conservative group following the political furore over the so-called Nickileaks affair.
Top-down plan shot down
Town halls and experts have kicked back at sweeping proposals urging ministers to impose new devolution structures on places that fail to agree them locally.
Adult social care market 'broken'
The adult social care market is ‘broken’ with services now bought at prices that are unsustainable, a damning report has warned.
Pathways to employment
Ten contestants descended onto a corner of the north Kent coast at the end of January to kick off this year’s Local Government Challenge. James Alexandre tracks their initial progress
Councils prepared to lose cash after Brexit
Council negotiators have resigned themselves to taking a financial hit from Brexit as they continue talks with ministers, The MJ understands.
Peer report calls on councils to stop ‘cherry-picking’ leads
Sector-led improvement review teams need to be better prepared and more consistent, an independent study of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) corporate peer challenge (CPC) has found.
Mayor keen to identify officers responsible for cash failures
Bristol mayor Marvin Rees is keen to identify the individuals to blame for the state of the council’s finances, The MJ understands.
Temporary accommodation bill revealed
A ‘chronic shortage’ of affordable housing is forcing local authorities to spend £2m a day on temporary accommodation for homeless families, council leaders have warned.
MPs call for government to publish fresh asylum data
Ministers should publish fresh data on councils’ ability to take unaccompanied asylum-seeking children before ditching the Dubs Amendment, MPs have warned.
DCN to lobby Whitehall on future of baseline rate
The District Councils’ Network (DCN) will lobby the Government for certainty on the future baseline rate, below which councils will not receive the New Homes Bonus (NHB).
Ofsted inspection regime raises concerns
Concerns have been raised over Ofsted’s plans for a new inspection regime to focus on failing children’s social care providers.
STP fears as bosses ‘not confident’ about delivery
Fresh concerns about sustainability and transformation plans (STP) have been raised after a survey found senior council figures lacked the confidence they will deliver on social care.
MPs: Councils should be able to create multi-academy trusts
Local authorities with a track record of strong educational performance should be allowed to create their own multi-academy trusts (MATs), MPs have said.
Striving for better engagement
Maintaining dialogue with residents and securing mutual trust between the council and local residents needs to be part of the whole council’s DNA, writes Cllr Judi Billing.