Javid considers gradual introduction of 100% rates retention
The move to 100% business rates retention could happen gradually, communities secretary Sajid Javid has revealed.
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.
Labour may ditch flagship National Care Service name
Labour may ditch the name of its flagship National Care Service policy, the party’s shadow minister for social care has revealed.
Gauke: Universal Credit rollout going to plan
Work and pensions secretary David Gauke has told MPs that the rollout of Universal Credit (UC) is ‘proceeding to plan, gradually and sensibly’ despite mounting concerns.
Welsh council tax support extended to 2019
The Welsh Government has announced it will extend its council tax reduction scheme into 2018/19 after helping 300,000 vulnerable and low income families last year.
Councils clash over green belt housing
South Bucks DC has criticised its southern neighbours Slough Council for publishing proposals to build on green belt land within its boundary.
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Holier-than-thou Diary is well aware it’s often difficult to practise what you preach.
Financial fears grow in face of UC rollout
Pressure was this week piled on ministers as they vowed to push ahead with the troubled Universal Credit (UC) rollout.
Javid: Conservatives must tackle housing
Lack of housing is the biggest domestic issue facing the Conservatives, communities secretary Sajid Javid has said.
May must fan the embers at the Conservative conference
In advance of this year’s Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Liam Booth-Smith asks if an embattled Theresa May is capable of using her platform address to reignite her premiership by tackling the burning injustices of housing and social care.
Prevent needs foster carers to be included
Foster carers need to be urgently included in the Government’s Prevent programme, a membership organisation for individuals working with children in care has urged.
Scots set for new care abuse claims
Scotland’s councils have been warned to brace themselves for a wave of compensation claims from people who suffered abuse as children in local authority care.
County funding plans under threat amid uncertain Budget
Counties have intensified their campaign for more funding – targeting the Treasury and urging swift action to tackle escalating uncertainty over revenues.
Ex-Brum chief takes on think tank role
Former Birmingham City Council chief executive Mark Rogers is to join think tank Collaborate as an executive director.
Missing the bigger picture?
It’s easy to ignore major issues and focus on smaller things to do and improve. But, argues Dan Corry, in public services there comes a time when you can no longer ignore that fact that the system is not working.
Why we must reform public sector procurement
There is a growing clamour for post-Brexit public procurement reform, writes Mark Robinson.
Out-of-borough children home placements rocket
Department for Education figures have shown a 78% increase in youngsters placed in children’s homes out of their borough.
Universal Credit halt calls grow
Ministers have come under renewed pressure to halt the rollout of Universal Credit as housing rent arrears soar under the flagship welfare scheme.
McDonnell: Do not let officers determine policies
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has warned Labour councillors not to let their officers determine the policies of their councils.
Government confirms transitional funding could continue
Whitehall’s transitional funding arrangements could continue into 2019/20, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has revealed.