Council in talks with government after Vauxhall blow
Cheshire West & Chester Council’s leader is monitoring the situation at Ellesmere Port ‘carefully’ after hearing hundreds face redundancy from the Vauxhall car plant.
Porter optimistic following Number 10 housing meeting
Lord Porter described the Prime Minister’s housing summit this week as ‘one of the most positive’ he has ever had.
Committee chair claims minister ignoring Universal Credit concerns
A senior MP has warned Whitehall may be withholding ‘bad news’ in order to present the ‘mega reform’ as a success.
Refuges 'not always right solution'
A top children’s services director has suggested refuges are ‘not always the right solution’ after research found a dramatic fall in spending by English councils.
Cambridgeshire CC calls for fairer funding
Cambridgeshire CC’s leader has called on the Government to implement a fairer funding deal for the county.
Much bolder thinking on English devolution is overdue
Drawing on his research into metropolitan governance across the globe, Robin Hambleton calls on ministers to refresh their approach to devolution.
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.
Cable announces reshuffled Lib Dem line up
Lib Dem leader Vince Cable has unveiled his reshuffled shadow cabinet – which includes two former city council leaders.
Children in care figures hits record high
Some 90 children a day entered care last year, meaning a record number of youngsters are now in the care system, councils have revealed today.
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.
Narey: Foster carers should be paid better
Foster carers should be ‘treated as professionals and properly remunerated,’ the leader of a government-commissioned sector stocktake has said.
Health and care reform challenge 'greatest since welfare state creation'
Health and social care face the ‘greatest reform challenge since the creation of the welfare state,’ the chief executive of the NHS Confederation has said.
Louise Casey: It's time for local government to show its worth
After an 18-year career in the Civil Service, running the social exclusion and troubled families unit, as well as leading high profile inquiries into Rotherham and integration, Dame Louise Casey talks to Heather Jameson.
Funding review ‘a priority’
The local government fair funding review is a priority and could be implemented by 2020/21, Whitehall insiders have suggested.
Core Cities demands more aid in fight against ‘invisible killer’
Whitehall must give Britain’s urban centres the tools they need to tackle the air pollution that is responsible for 15,000 deaths across 10 major cities, a powerful lobby group has warned.
Opportunity is knocking for ‘jaw-dropping’ local government
Local government is jaw dropping, can inspire citizens and, at its best, can outshine any part of Whitehall, former tsar Dame Louise Casey has claimed.
Let local government deliver May’s vision
Heather Jameson takes some of the key messages from her interview with Dame Louise Casey and calls on local government to show it can deliver for everyone.
‘Mayor’s senate’ would help shape Whitehall policies
A ‘mayor’s senate’ should be established to help shape government policies as Whitehall struggles with capacity issues, a think-tank has suggested.
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.