‘Ambitious’ health integration plans look to be ‘scaled back’
The Government has scaled back on achieving full health and social care integration by 2020, it has been claimed.
Councils prepared to lose cash after Brexit
Council negotiators have resigned themselves to taking a financial hit from Brexit as they continue talks with ministers, The MJ understands.
CA company to promote region’s overseas growth
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has established a growth company to help promote the region around the world.
‘Brexit wil make more work for small firms,’ says Javid
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has said the Government will use Brexit to make it easier for small companies to bid for work from local authorities.
Budget 2017: Hammond announces £2bn social care cash
Chancellor Philip Hammond has promised additional grant funding of £2bn over the next three years in an attempt to plug England’s social care budget gap.
Council’s ‘dire finances’ under scrutiny by MPs
A council has denied it is being run ‘incompetently’ after its MP flagged up the state of its finances with ministers.
Leaked recording confirms Surrey 'gentleman's agreement'
A leaked recording of Surrey CC leader, David Hodge, admitting he secured a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ from ministers to call off a referendum has emerged.
Ellerby bags new Croydon role
Croydon LBC has announced the appointment of Julian Ellerby to the borough’s new director of strategy and partnerships role.
DCN to lobby Whitehall on future of baseline rate
The District Councils’ Network (DCN) will lobby the Government for certainty on the future baseline rate, below which councils will not receive the New Homes Bonus (NHB).
Birmingham denies Rogers in line for £500k exit package
Birmingham City Council has denied that outgoing chief executive Mark Rogers is in line for a £500,000 payoff.
Government to look again at rates revaluation
Sajid Javid has promised to work with the chancellor to support the small businesses that will be hit hardest by the rates revaluation.
Whitehall remains tight-lipped about 2018/19 rates pilots
Whitehall has refused to disclose details of discussions it has had with potential rate retention pilot areas that could test the new system from 2018/19.
Javid ignores calls for more council funding
Whitehall has ignored local government’s calls for new council funding in 2017/18, leaving senior sector figures ‘hugely disappointed’.
New burdens doctrine to continue
The new burdens doctrine will continue beyond 2020, the Government has confirmed.
Kent districts urged to drop unitary aims
Kent CC’s leader has called on the four districts contemplating a merger to distance themselves from the idea they will eventually become a unitary.
Hodge denies pilot deal to drop tax referendum
Surrey CC leader David Hodge has batted away claims his authority was offered a business rates pilot in return for dropping its council tax referendum.
NAO warns ‘2020 deadline for integrated care at risk’
The Government’s aim of fully integrated health and social care by 2020 is at ‘significant risk,’ the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Time to jump-start this devo revolution’ – IPPR
Ministers have been urged to ditch their ‘bloody-mindedness’ and reboot the stalled devolution process amid a surge of faltering deals and emerging reorganisation rows.
Fresh team for homes regeneration
Capita has launched a new team to build on the Government’s national strategy to regenerate housing estates.
Council vote puts reorganisation bid in doubt
Plans for the creation of two unitary authorities in Dorset have been dealt a blow after three councils voted against the proposal.