The voices of Prevent’s detractors have become louder. But, for those with experience of the initiative within local government, cutting councils out of the loop will fail to solve the problems. Paul Marinko reports.
Anderson no longer faces Operation Sheridan investigation
Former mayor of Liverpool City Council, Joe Anderson, is no longer under investigation by Lancashire Constabulary – but still faces a Merseyside police inquiry.
The great rebuild
With local elections just around the corner, Jonathan Carr-West fears we are in a dangerous moment for democratic engagement and the process of rebuilding trust must start locally.
EXCLUSIVE: Council sacked director over 'vexatious and malicious' police report
Thanet DC sacked its director of corporate governance and monitoring officer after he submitted ‘vexatious and malicious’ allegations about a senior colleague to the police, The MJ can reveal.
Sacked director to face no further action from police
A South Somerset DC director sacked after allegedly using furloughed council staff to work on her private vineyard will face no further action from police.
Bringing drug debt into the spotlight
To coincide with National Child Exploitation Awareness Day, Waltham Forest LBC is releasing a powerful training video about drug debt produced by its children’s service and local young people. Daniel Phelps explains.
New interim chief to look at council property decisions
Haringey LBC’s new interim chief executive will review how the council makes decisions on property and acquisitions amid a police probe.
Minister eyes council intervention
The Northern Ireland communities minister has said she will not hesitate to intervene in troubled Mid and East Antrim BC.
Forbes: We need a new crime to tackle rising abuse
The leader of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Labour group has called for the intimidation and harassment of public officials to be made a specific crime.
Facing down a perfect storm of violence
This summer will be one of the most challenging local councils have faced when it comes to bearing down on violent crime and its devastating consequences says Cllr Jas Athwal. He looks at how London boroughs are tackling the issue.
We’re in this for the long haul
Six years on from the Jay report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, council leader Cllr Chris Read says Government must support local authorities in the fight against abuse. But his organisation is ‘not waiting for national improvements’.
Time to ditch the Assembly
After 21 years, Richard Stokoe argues that the London Assembly is failing in its duty to hold the Mayor of London to account. Borough leaders, he claims, would make a better replacement.
Call for 'radical system change' after children's home claims
A charity chief has called for ‘radical system change’ after whistleblowers claimed youngsters with autism were ‘abused’ and mistreated at a Cardiff children’s home.
Queen's speech: PM's 'live local and prosper' promise
Levelling up, boosting the economy and backing the NHS are set to be the priorities for Tuesday’s Queen’s speech.
Police investigate children's homes after suspensions
Police are investigating the closure of two Doncaster-based children’s homes suspended by Ofsted amid safeguarding concerns, The MJ has learned.
Liverpool looks to the future
Chief executive of Liverpool City Council Tony Reeves talks to Heather Jameson about the damning Caller report that followed the arrest of former Mayor Joe Anderson, and insists the council is addressing its weaknesses.
Leading through a most peculiar crisis
Strategic director of communities and reform at Oldham MBC Rebekah Sutcliffe looks at the impact of the pandemic on local leadership and integrated partnership working.
Limited government intervention is good outcome, says Liverpool chief
A limited intervention at Liverpool City Council – rather than the full takeover that was expected – is a good outcome for the city, chief executive Tony Reeves has told The MJ.
Liverpool director dismissed
The director of regeneration at Liverpool City Council, Nick Kavanagh, has been dismissed ‘with immediate effect’.
In support of women’s refuges
Baroness Claire Fox warns that proposed legislation to help councils protect women facing domestic violence could end up with unintended consequences.