Birmingham leader demands clarity on coronavirus failures
The leader of Birmingham City Council has written to the Government seeking urgent clarity on plans to deliver food to vulnerable residents amid the coronavirus crisis.
KPMG criticised for rejecting Northamptonshire public interest report pressure
Northamptonshire CC’s commissioners have criticised the council’s former auditors for deciding not to issue a rare public interest report.
Lack of vital worker protection ‘shameful’
Local government secretary, Robert Jenrick, has demanded that local government workers get access to crucial personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the coronavirus crisis.
EXCLUSIVE: Whitehall mulls s114 suspension or another cash bailout
Whitehall is weighing up another cash bailout or suspending Section 114 rules with at least 10% of councils at risk of financial meltdown, The MJ understands.
Councils' plea to support voluntary sector
A group of councils has written to the Government demanding action to protect community organisations during the coronavirus crisis.
Jenrick: Centres bring together public services in virus response
Strategic co-ordination centres are being formed across the country with the nation on an ‘emergency footing’ to tackle coronavirus.
EXCLUSIVE: Coronavirus hubs must be ready to step in if system fails - Jenrick
The network of hubs being created to support people at very high risk amid the coronavirus crisis must be ready to help with crucial deliveries, local government secretary Robert Jenrick has said.
Councils put at heart of coronavirus response
Councils will be put at the heart of the response to coronavirus by delivering a national network of support to people at very high risk.
Jenrick in coronavirus cash flow appeal
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has urged councils experiencing cash flow issues as a result of coronavirus to get in touch.
Jenrick urges councils not to delay on coronavirus spending
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick this week urged council leaders not to put off decisions because of money in their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
EXCLUSIVE: Jenrick admits no science behind flooding threshold
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has admitted there is no science behind a threshold that determines whether councils receive cash to cope with flooding.
Local government audit deadline extended
The deadline for local government financial audits has been pushed back by two months.
Councils step up coronavirus response
Local authorities across the country have stepped up their response to coronavirus as the number of cases continues to rise.
Redmond to consider audit deadline change
Sir Tony Redmond will consider whether to change the current publication deadline for accounts as part of his independent review for the Government, ministers have confirmed.
Extra cash as Government announces rough sleeping review
The Government has announced an extra £236m to help get rough sleepers off the street and will lead an ‘urgent review’ into the causes.
Government bats away Bellwin criticism
The Government has batted away fresh criticisms of the 37-year-old Bellwin scheme after one of the wettest winters on record.
Owners of buildings with dangerous cladding named and shamed
The Government has published the names of five companies that have been deemed too slow in making safe dangerous cladding on high-rise buildings.
Audit firms look overseas amid shortage
Audit firms are having to resort to recruiting overseas to fill public sector vacancies because of low levels of interest within the UK.
Cabinet shuffle spells balance, not bonanza
Last week's reshuffle may have left Robert Jenrick as communities secretary, but Rishi Sunak's role as chancellor could be just as vital for local government, says Heather Jameson
Northern Powerhouse 'downgrade' in reshuffle
The Government has been accused of ‘downgrading’ the Northern Powerhouse in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle.