Council cyber-attacks rocket
Cyber-attacks on UK council remote workers increased by 213% during the pandemic, Freedom of Information Act requests have found.
MHCLG to review local resilience forums
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is to review the role, responsibilities and accountabilities of local resilience forums (LRF).
Who will crack care?
The Government must raise enough funding to end the unsatisfactory adult social care system and ensure a skilled workforce is both attracted and retained, writes Sir Bob Neill.
Minister fends off towns fund criticism
The Government aims to detail how the success of the towns fund will be judged before the summer recess.
Government insists Everyone In is 'continuing'
The Government has insisted the Everyone In programme is ‘continuing’ despite reportedly suggesting to some councils that they should close their hotels for rough sleepers.
EXCLUSIVE: Councils push back over reserves raid threat
Council chiefs have pushed back as the Treasury eyes up the sector’s reserves in the run up to this year’s Spending Review, The MJ understands.
Section 114 chief: We will not be the last
Slough Council’s chief executive this week urged other sector bosses to ‘trust your intuition’ to avoid their local authority following in her Section 114 footsteps.
Slough becomes second council to issue Section 114 in a year
Slough Council has become the second local authority in less than a year to issue a dreaded Section 114 notice.
Beautiful, popular, healthy and sustainable new places are what we all want
The public does not feel politicians are doing enough to tackle the housing crisis, says Ben Page. He looks at what councils will have to do to win through on their plans.
Achieving Ashfield’s Towns Fund vision
Ashfield’s Towns Fund bid won it £62.6m – the highest amount in the country. Theresa Hodgkinson reflects on why she believes the submission was so successful.
Government asks CIPFA to review eight councils
Eight councils granted ‘exceptional support’ from the Government are to undergo independent reviews of their finances.
Special needs deficits to grow to £1.3bn in two years
A ‘spiralling deficit’ in special educational needs services (SEN) is expected to grow to an ‘unmanageable’ £1.3bn in just two years’ time, county councils have warned.
Rough sleeping fears amid Everyone In wind down
Fears that rough sleepers will again become a fixture on Britain’s streets have emerged as the successful Everyone In programme comes to an end.
Council chief tells staff of ‘bleak’ financial picture
Slough Council’s chief executive Josie Wragg has warned the council faces a ‘bleak’ financial situation in a video message sent to employees.
Where did it all go wrong on audit?
Lorna Baxter says we need to be able to show taxpayers how we have spent their money and that provided by Government. 'But do our residents need to understand the fair value of financial instruments and what category they are?'
Districts squeezed out of new burdens cash
District councils have been squeezed out of new burdens funding for housing victims of domestic abuse due to a £8,000 cut off point.
Planning reforms would 'silence communities'
MPs have launched a scathing attack on the Government’s planning White Paper.
Call for government to match local ambitions on climate change
Councils have said their efforts to reduce carbon emissions are being constrained by a lack of powers and funding.
Khan: Councils on the frontline of tackling extremism
Local authorities are on the ‘frontline’ of the battle against extremism, an adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.
Councils are owed certainty on funding
The Public Accounts Committee has published its fifth annual report. Chair Meg Hillier says there is much for local government to be concerned about and ‘even the best councils face real struggles ahead’.