Javid: Devolution crucial in levelling up
Former local government secretary Sajid Javid has stressed the importance of devolution in the drive towards levelling up the country.
Liverpool puts forward improvement plan
Liverpool City Council has drafted an improvement plan and letter in response to the Caller report, which called for an intervention in the city.
A level of uncertainty
A Levelling up White Paper will emerge later this year, to replace the long-promised legislative proposals for local recovery and devolution. What does this augur for the role of local government? Martin Ford reports.
EXCLUSIVE: MHCLG pushes ahead with exit pay data demands
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is pushing ahead with demanding data on exit payments from councils despite criticism of the proposals.
Government criticised over dragging feet on cladding after new fire
The Government has been accused of failing to force developers to take action after a fire broke out at a tower block with Grenfell-style cladding.
I have a dream (about local government)
Greater powers, more devolution and a fundamental review of local finances have been promised to local government by the Prime Minister himself. John Tizard outlines the wide-ranging policy pledges featured in his recent dream.
Consider the risks of terminating COVID support prematurely
Currently additional COVID support beyond June is in doubt. 'The uncertainty this poses for councils cannot be underestimated', says chief executive of CIPFA Rob Whiteman.
EXCLUSIVE: Cross-cutting regions project faces Whitehall downgrade
The scheme was designed to unite Whitehall departments and regions across the country.
Trio drop out of flagship fund
Three local authorities have now dropped out of the Government’s flagship Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), it has emerged.
Questions over impact of reorganisation on Levelling Up Fund
MPs have sought ‘clarity’ on priority rankings for Levelling Up Fund investment.
Treasury to look at public health spending
Councils are facing increased scrutiny from central government over their use of public health funding.
'Greater flexibility' for audit fees floated
The Government has published proposals to create ‘greater flexibility’ in agreeing audit fees following the Redmond Review.
Councils wait on capitalisation directions
MPs have raised concerns after it emerged councils are still awaiting confirmation on emergency funding.
Shielding scheme took too long to identify up to 800,000, says PAC
MPs have hit out at the Government’s ‘quickly drawn up’ COVID-19 shielding programme for taking too long to identify up to 800,000 people who may have missed out on help.
Warnings of financial shock for care sector
Civil servants have warned of financial challenges ahead when the care home sector emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gangs 'one step ahead' of authorities
Criminal gangs that exploit children are ‘one step ahead of authorities,’ mandarins have told peers investigating efforts to protect vulnerable young people.
Storm brewing over exit payment data demands
Government demands for details of senior staff pay-offs have been branded ‘particularly pernicious’ and unfairly aimed at local government.
£31m Hong Kong integration fund launched
Funding of £30.7m will be provided to councils to support new arrivals from Hong Kong.
Surfeit of grant pots makes a pot noodle for councils
If questions about the way the Levelling Up Fund and the Towns Fund are targeted dulls ministers’ appetites for more pots then they could always consider rolling them up into one fund and calling it, say, revenue support grant, says Michael Burton.
Councils 'undermined' by right to regenerate plans
The local government sector has urged a rethink on proposals to hand ministers powers to force the sale of public land.