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.
Partnership approach to COVID enforcement is working in London
Cllr Jas Athwal takes a look at the progress so far of London boroughs’ joint protocol and partnership agreements with the Metropolitan Police on enforcing COVID restrictions.
Liverpool mayor agrees not to stand again after arrest
Liverpool City Council’s mayor Joe Anderson has reluctantly agreed not to stand again for the role after Merseyside Police extended his bail to mid-February.
Liverpool to undergo best value inspection
Liverpool City Council will undergo an inspection of whether it is complying with its best value duty after the arrest of its mayor.
Operation Sheridan four released under investigation
Four sector figures arrested three years ago have been released under investigation following a review.
More arrests as police investigation widens
Liverpool City Council’s Lib Dem leader, Cllr Richard Kemp, has called for the authority’s political leadership to ‘consider its position’ after a police investigation widened.
Council-run developer defends closure decision amid whistleblowing claims
The Northumberland Council-run developer at the centre of whistleblowing allegations has defended a decision that has led to a multi-million pound legal claim.
Turning the tide
Cllr Vikki Slade outlines the key aspects of BCP Council’s response when day trippers arrived in droves after the relaxation of lockdown.
EXCLUSIVE: Police refuse to reveal sector probe costs
Police have refused to publish the costs of an investigation into four sector figures who remain on bail three years after they were arrested.
Time to give LRFs back some value
The Government’s ‘top down’ approach has undermined local resilience forums’ ability to deliver local COVID-19 capabilities efficiently, say Dr Arabella Kyprianides and a group of specialist academics and former senior police officers.
Councils back evictions ban in face of landlord criticism
Councils have insisted police powers can still be used to evict perpetrators of domestic violence amid the evictions ban.
Policing the street population in the context of COVID-19
Dr Arabella Kyprianides and professors Ben Bradford and Clifford Stott examine how the challenges faced by police, local government and partner agencies when policing London’s street population are being addressed.