No pay-out for suspended director
Croydon LBC’s suspended executive director of place has resigned with no pay-out, The MJ understands.
Reed accuses government of dropping devolution
Shadow communities secretary Steve Reed has accused the Government of dropping its commitment to devolution.
Section 114 chief: We will not be the last
Slough Council’s chief executive this week urged other sector bosses to ‘trust your intuition’ to avoid their local authority following in her Section 114 footsteps.
Slough becomes second council to issue Section 114 in a year
Slough Council has become the second local authority in less than a year to issue a dreaded Section 114 notice.
Croydon told to act on interims
Croydon LBC has been told to move quickly to put a ‘substantive management team in place’ due to its high number of senior interims.
Hillier in financial sustainability transparency warning
The chair of an influential government spending watchdog has warned of a lack of transparency around the financial sustainability of councils.
Croydon in fresh unaccompanied asylum-seeking children plea
Croydon LBC has urged the Government to make up its historic funding gap in the cost of caring for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC).
Kerswell gets Croydon job permanently
Croydon LBC’s interim chief executive Katherine Kerswell is expected to get the job permanently after winning unanimous backing from the council’s cross-party appointments committee.
Fresh council warning over rates appeals
Councils have warned they could face financial collapse if potential cuts to business rates go ahead.
Two directors resign from crisis-hit Croydon
Two executive directors have resigned from crisis-hit Croydon LBC after they were suspended earlier this month.
EXCLUSIVE: Four senior Croydon officers suspended
Crisis-hit Croydon LBC has suspended a big chunk of its senior leadership in a bombshell move.
McArdle drafted in to help Croydon
The lead commissioner at Northamptonshire CC, Tony McArdle, has been appointed to chair Section 114-hit Croydon LBC’s government improvement panel.
More councils will be forced to issue Section 114 notices, MPs warn
More councils will ‘soon be unable to balance their books and be forced to issue Section 114 notices,’ the influential Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned.
Croydon increases capitalisation request
Croydon LBC has asked the Government for a loan £20m more than the amount first floated weeks ago.
What a year!
The MJ reflects on another year in local government, significantly influenced by the pandemic that continues to cause havoc heading into 2021. And there’s a reassuring symmetry to the way the year is ending. Martin Ford and Ann McGauran report.
Nottingham City Council risks Section 114 if no Government bailout
Nottingham City Council risks a Section 114 notice without a significant Government bailout, says a leaked report.
MPs to investigate S114s amid Croydon collapse
MPs have launched an investigation into the financial predicament of councils in the aftermath of Croydon LBC’s Section 114 notice.
Croydon issues second Section 114 notice
The council still faces a shortfall of £66m, 21 days after its first notice was issued.
Crisis-hit Croydon approves action plan
Croydon LBC has approved an action plan to put ‘strong financial management and governance right at the heart of the organisation’.
What can we take away from Croydon’s s114 notice?
It’s immediately clear from Croydon LBC’s section 114 action that local government must recognise and respect their collective responsibility for maintaining a council’s financial health, says Rob Whiteman.