• Liverpool looks to the future

    30 March 2021

    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

    29 March 2021

    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

    29 March 2021

    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

    23 March 2021

    The director of regeneration at Liverpool City Council, Nick Kavanagh, has been dismissed ‘with immediate effect’.

  • In support of women’s refuges

    23 March 2021

    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

    17 March 2021

    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

    04 January 2021

    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

    17 December 2020

    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

    06 October 2020

    Four sector figures arrested three years ago have been released under investigation following a review.

  • More arrests as police investigation widens

    04 September 2020

    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

    20 August 2020

    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

    22 July 2020

    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

    14 July 2020

    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

    01 July 2020

    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

    15 June 2020

    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

    08 June 2020

    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.

  • Community tensions rise amid Coronavirus outbreak

    17 February 2020

    Reports of increasing community tensions ‘across multiple areas’ have been picked up by the Government as the international Coronavirus crisis continues to worsen.

  • The sound of silence

    12 February 2020

    Local agencies are often ‘woefully ill-equipped’ to stop child sexual abuse in the family environment, says a new joint report from four inspectorates including Ofsted. Why is multi-agency performance still so poor – and what needs to happen next? Chris Mahony reports.

  • Tackling familial sexual abuse needs a sustained approach

    11 February 2020

    Dealing with child sexual abuse in the family environment calls for informed, committed and resourced leadership and delivery over time, says Mark Rogers.

  • Councils urged to improve information sharing

    13 January 2020

    Local authorities have been urged to improve information sharing following two serious case reviews (SCRs) into horrific child deaths.