Government backs sector-led improvement for children's services
The Department for Education (DfE) has signalled a major policy shift with a £20m investment for a new programme of sector-led improvement for children’s services.
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.
Fears as new era of metro mayors dawns
Local government big hitters have voiced concerns about the accountability, effectiveness and necessity of the incoming combined authority mayors.
Authorities ‘must take control of integrated care models’
Local authorities must take more responsibility for their poor performance in delivering integrated care models, MPs have warned.
PAC: Government lacks ambition on housing
The Government lacks the necessary ambition to solve the housing crisis and is overly reliant on a ‘broken’ market to deliver the homes people need, MPs have argued.
Adults with learning disabilities work comes under scrutiny
Councils must do more to measure outcomes and improvements to quality of life for adults with learning disabilities, MPs have 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.
75% fail to meet fees deadline
Almost three-quarters of councils did not notify providers of disability care about their 2016/17 fees in a timely fashion, Care England has claimed.
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.
Assessment timeframe ‘not possible’
Whitehall cannot fully assess the success of local government’s role in resettling Syrian refugees until next year, officials have warned.
PAC chair: Brexit to lead to rushed and bad decisions
The chair of the powerful Public Accounts Committee has predicted Brexit will lead to ‘rushed and bad decisions’ by Whitehall.
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.
Praise for backing of Troubled Families programme
A respected transformation expert has praised the Government for emerging from a ‘stormy period of criticism’ and pressing ahead with its controversial Troubled Families programme.
DWP must rebuild trust after housing benefit referrals drop
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is hoping to restore confidence in its efforts to tackle housing benefit fraud after performance plummeted.
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.
PAC chair to address The MJ’s spring forum
The chair of the powerful Commons Public Accounts Committee is a keynote speaker at The MJ Future Forum which takes place in Hertfordshire next month.
NAO warns ‘2020 deadline for integrated care at risk’
The Government’s aim of fully integrated health and social care by 2020 is at ‘significant risk,’ the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.
LEPs ‘must be more transparent’
Renewed calls have been made for local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) to be more transparent in the wake of the announcement of the latest growth fund allocations.
NAO calls for housebuilding to increase
Housebuilding needs to increase across the country as demand continues to outstrip supply, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.
Long-term success of refugee resettlement programme at risk
A lack of clarity on what local authorities should provide to Syrian refugees poses a threat to the long-term success of the Government’s resettlement programme, MPs have warned.