Hull considering 'tourism tax'
Hull City Council has decided to look into introducing a tax to boost its marketing budget for tourism.
More councils needed for Dubs scheme
More local authorities need to participate in the Dubs scheme, the minister for immigration Brandon Lewis has urged.
Councils liable for foster care abuse
Local authorities can be held liable for abuse committed by foster carers even if the authority is not itself at fault, the Supreme Court has said in a milestone ruling.
'Firebreak' in Universal Credit rollout but government stands firm
Work and pensions secretary David Gauke has said there will be a ‘firebreak’ in the rollout of Universal Credit in January, but insisted this was always part of the plan.
Keepmoat to finalise £250m Glasgow project
Keepmoat Homes has been appointed to finish Glasgow City Council’s ‘historic’ £250m regeneration project.
Marketing firm to aid council’s trading arm
Market research giant Ipsos MORI is one of several firms that could support Lambeth LBC’s communications firm in delivering services to other councils.
‘Consider social value as well as budgets’
Local authorities should award contracts based on the social value delivered to the community instead of only considering budgets and timeframes, a new report has suggested.
‘Vary funding as required’
Local authorities have been told to vary the Government’s funding formula for schools if they feel the need to do so, the Department for Education’s top official has said.
Powys' children's services under fire
Powys CC’s chief executive has been told to immediately provide strong support to the council’s children’s services.
Councils' scrutiny not good enough, say experts
The Centre for Public Scrutiny has voiced concerns about the voluntary nature of the Local Government Association’s peer review.
Cambridgeshire CC calls for fairer funding
Cambridgeshire CC’s leader has called on the Government to implement a fairer funding deal for the county.
Rochdale denies failing children in care
Rochdale MBC has denied that it has failed to protect children in care from being trafficked after being castigated in the national press today.
Borrow from HRA to fund fire safety work - Javid
The DCLG is considering allowing councils to borrow from their housing revenue account to fund fire safety work in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire, the communities secretary has said.
New research: Councils more aware of the need to combat child abuse
There has been a ‘sharp increase’ in local authorities’ efforts to recognise and combat child sexual exploitation, a leading children’s charity has said.
Security guidance updated for councils in wake of terror attacks
Local authorities must ensure the security of public spaces near stations, the Department for Transport has stressed in a new report.
Barnet's former chief executive to join Lambeth as interim chief
Lambeth LBC is due to finalise the appointment of Barnet LBC’s former chief executive, who stepped down over an electoral blunder last year, in an interim capacity next week.
‘Sector let down by housing association’s poor governance’
The largest housing association in Sunderland has been downgraded after a regulator found senior staff who left were awarded packages that were not sufficiently scrutinised.
Scottish councils given warning of further local cuts
Scottish Labour’s deputy leader has warned councils they face £800m more cuts to local services by 2021.
LGA defends criticism of imbalance of female-male chairs
Only two out of 10 chairs of Local Government Association (LGA) boards this year are women.
Dudley's deputy chief executive moves to Bolton
Dudley MBC's deputy chief executive will join Bolton MBC as chief early next year.