• 100% business rates retention legislation dropped

    21 June 2017

    The Local Government Finance Bill has been dropped from the legislative programme, leaving plans for business rates retention in limbo.

  • Authority defends record over ‘bed-blocking’ claims

    21 June 2017

    The council responsible for the highest number of ‘bed-blocking’ incidents in England says it still ensures that 90% of discharged patients return home immediately.

  • Surrey Heartlands in GM-style health devo deal

    16 June 2017

    A Greater Manchester-style devolution deal has been struck in Surrey Heartlands.

  • Council employment lowest in 18 years

    14 June 2017

    Local government employment is at its lowest in 18 years while the number of Whitehall civil servants increases, according to the latest Office for National Statistics figures.

  • Time for long-term thinking

    14 June 2017

    Gillian Guy looks at recent research on the wider impact of mental health conditions, and highlights the importance of local authorities and the third sector working together to tackle the challenges presented.

  • Government urged to act as social care crisis surges

    14 June 2017

    The social care funding crisis jumped straight to the top of the new Government’s agenda this week after official figures revealed soaring rates of ‘bed-blocking’.

  • Second victims group quits sex abuse inquiry

    13 June 2017

    The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been rocked after a second influential victims group with strong links to council children’s homes quit.

  • Sharing the lessons of malware

    06 June 2017

    With cyber attacks on the rise, Richard Wills explains how Lincolnshire CC is drawing on its first-hand experience of hacking to strengthen its resilience for the next time.

  • Tory policy ‘won’t aid’ UK’s social care crisis

    06 June 2017

    The Conservatives’ social care policy would cost around £200m a year to run and will do nothing to alleviate the pressures on the NHS, experts have said.

  • ‘Create STPs as statutory bodies’

    06 June 2017

    Sustainability and transformation partnerships (STP) should be created as statutory bodies, finance experts have urged.

  • Corridors of Power

    30 May 2017

    The Cabinet Secretary has dozed off in front of Theresa May’s interview with Jeremy Paxman and had a strange dream welcoming the next Prime Minister…

  • Fears raised over care cap

    30 May 2017

    IFS questions viability of Tory plans limiting individual care costs.

  • No replacement for Bulbeck

    24 May 2017

    Teinbridge DC’s chief executive, Nicola Bulbeck, will step down in June after fulfilling her duties as the acting returning officer for the General Election.

  • The new kids on the block

    17 May 2017

    Now the six regional metro mayors have been elected they must deliver devolution. Sam Clayden reports.

  • Vigilance urged after cyber hack

    17 May 2017

    Councils cannot be complacent and must continue to invest in cyber-security to cope with the sort of attack that paralysed NHS IT systems, experts have warned.

  • Burnham’s integration vow over GM health and care

    17 May 2017

    Andy Burnham has vowed to drive ‘further and deeper’ integration in Greater Manchester as he pushes health and social care towards a single system.

  • Tories reveal local government approach in manifesto

    16 May 2017

    The Conservatives have revealed a raft of policies on social care, business rates, devolution, housing and children’s services in their manifesto published today.

  • Labour would introduce national care service

    11 May 2017

    The Labour Party would move towards a national care service and halt sustainability and transformation partnerships if it won the election, according to its leaked manifesto.

  • Whitehall urged to referee sector’s NHS disputes over rates relief

    10 May 2017

    Shadow minister Jim McMahon has called for the Government to intervene in the dispute between councils and NHS trusts over business rates relief.

  • Labour to halt 'chaotic' STPs

    03 May 2017

    Labour would ‘immediately halt the Tories’ chaotic’ sustainability and transformation plan (STP) programme if elected, the party has pledged.