Council probe leads officers to ‘step back’
Two senior Guildford and Waverley officers have agreed to temporarily ‘step back’ from their roles amid intensifying investigations into housing maintenance contracts.
Call for greater children's services involvement in policy
Children’s services should be more involved in the policy that has led to police no longer attending non-emergency callouts, mental health experts have urged.
Council hands police file on £1m pay-outs
A file relating to allegedly unlawful exit payments to managers at Northumberland CC has been handed to police.
Bronson Battersby: Review launched after toddler’s death
Lincolnshire County Council has launched a review after the tragic death of two-year-old Bronson Battersby.
Newsam report reveals Rochdale exploitation failings
Failings by officials at Rochdale Council and senior police meant vulnerable girls were targeted by a child sexual abuse gang for years, the latest report on the scandal has concluded.
Fresh concern over police withdrawal
Council directors are concerned police forces could end involvement in ‘welfare checks’ as part of controversial care reforms to stop attending non-emergency mental health callouts.
Cleverly comes under immediate asylum pressure
New home secretary James Cleverly has come under immediate pressure to ditch his predecessor’s controversial asylum centre in his constituency.
Housing minister among casualties of Sunak reshuffle
The UK will have its 16th housing minister in 12 years after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s sweeping reshuffle affected the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
Perry bemoans police probe speed
Croydon LBC’s elected mayor Jason Perry has bemoaned the speed of the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into the council’s former leadership over the authority’s financial collapse.
LGA seeks assessment over mental health withdrawal cost
The Local Government Association (LGA) is seeking an assessment of how cash saved when police attend fewer mental health callouts could cover fresh social care demand.
Little evaluation of mental health outcomes in police pilot, MPs told
Police failed to evaluate mental health outcomes after trialling a controversial new approach to attending incidents, MPs have learned.
National Partnership Agreement needs strong engagement and sustainable funding
Without careful planning, the ‘Right Care, Right Person’ approach risks adding to the burden on people who find themselves in mental health crisis, says Cllr David Fothergill.
Local government funding system has 'broken down'
The funding system for local government has ‘broken down’ and what councils currently receive from Whitehall and council tax barely reflects need, a think-tank has warned.
Is it time for local government to say enough is enough?
'Instead of pushing pressures – and people – from pillar to post, public services should be working together: wrapping round people in need, focusing on prevention while identifying the lowest cost to the public purse', says Heather Jameson.
Health backing for police withdrawal delay
Senior healthcare figures have backed councils’ demand to delay police withdrawal from non-urgent mental health callouts.
Community safety: the case for collaboration
Keith Fraser sets out the arguments for collaboration between local authorities and the police to achieve improved outcomes for communities and better use of resources.
A game-changing approach to keeping our residents safe
Hammersmith and Fulham LBC’s law enforcement team is a key element in the borough’s approach to cutting crime and anti-social behaviour, says Sharon Lea.
Councils to call for delay to police mental health plan
Pressure is mounting on ministers to delay police plans to withdraw from attending non-emergency mental health callouts amid concerns across councils, NHS bodies and charities.
Met Police puts communities at its heart
The Metropolitan Police will put community policing back into the heart of its services, as part of its response to the Casey Review.
Council leader and deputy to face court after charges
Ashfield DC’s leader has been summonsed to court charged with alleged fraud, money laundering, participation in tax evasion and possession of a Class A drug.