Health and care reform challenge 'greatest since welfare state creation'
Health and social care face the ‘greatest reform challenge since the creation of the welfare state,’ the chief executive of the NHS Confederation has said.
NAO: Ministers' approach to homelessness has been intentionally light touch
The NAO’s Matthew Wilkins warns pressures on councils to house homeless people in the short-term means they are poorly equipped to prevent it going forward.
Mayor intervenes as auditors probe LEP
The Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GCGPLEP) is causing the area ‘reputational damage,’ the region’s mayor has warned.
McDonnell: Labour to end PFI
Labour has promised to end the use of public finance initiative (PFI) contracts and bring existing contracts back in-house.
Act as a united sector on commercialisation - or face regulations
If local authorities act with individual self-interest in the pursuit of commercial ventures, they could ruin it for the whole sector, warns Abdool Kara.
DCLG ‘light-touch’ fuels homeless rise
Soaring homelessness levels have been described as a ‘national scandal’ after auditors warned ministers were failing to evaluate the impact of their reforms.
Let’s get our houses in order
The NAO’s Matthew Wilkins looks at the housebuilding challenges ahead for the Government in the wake of the organisation’s recent overview on housing.
Uncertainty and a lack of DCLG capacity is hampering progress
Abdool Kara looks at the uncertainty facing local authorities and the depleting capacity in central government.
‘No Yorkshire devo deal’
Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry this week ruled out a Yorkshire-wide devolution deal.
Yorkshire-wide devo deal ruled out by minister
Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry has ruled out a Yorkshire-wide devolution deal.
Countering the post-truth narrative
Good scrutiny can be a powerful lever for the greater and better use of evidence by councils to inform their decision-making, writes Abdool Kara.
‘Delay rollout of 100% rates retention by at least a year’
The rollout of 100% business rates retention should be pushed back by at least a year, the chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee has urged.
Whitehall holding up public estate plans
Local authorities will have helped create 25,000 new homes by 2020 as part of a Whitehall programme to make more efficient use of public buildings, auditors have confirmed.
Moving to pastures NAO
In his last column for The MJ as he takes up his new role, Abdool Kara outlines the work he will be undertaking and reaches out to his former local government peers.
Whitehall may step in over authorities’ commercial deals
The Government may intervene to lower the risks associated with the increased commercial activities of local authorities, it has been suggested.
DCLG could lose £600m after Brexit
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) could lose up to £600m of its annual budget following Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, auditors have warned as the two-year countdown to the UK leaving the EU begins today.
Transparency warning issued for LEPs
Communities secretary Sajid Javid this week urged local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) to ‘take a good look at your corporate governance’ amid transparency concerns.
Finance overhaul risks exposed
Auditors have warned some councils will struggle to raise enough cash to deliver statutory services under current plans for 100% business rates retention.
Patterns of change
In the third of a series of articles on the financial sustainability of local authorities, Aileen Murphie focuses on the experiences of different types of councils in delivering and resourcing their capital programmes.
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.