Mark Conrad

  • Scots’ duty to consider merits of info sharing

    28 June 2017

    Councils in Scotland will soon have a duty to consider whether information shared with other organisations would protect children’s rights and privacy. Under the incoming Children and Young People (Information Sharing) Bill, all public bodies will have to ensure any information shared is consistent with existing laws.


  • Queen’s Speech leaves fiscal plans in question

    28 June 2017

    Whitehall officials are assessing how councils could control a greater share of local income without requiring fresh legislation, The MJ understands.


  • DUP deal won’t change Barnett calculations

    28 June 2017

    The Conservative-DUP deal will have no impact on Barnett formula calculations, Treasury sources have confirmed.


  • City deals among promises in DUP-Conservative deal

    26 June 2017

    Fresh devolved powers for Northern Ireland form a key part of today’s £1bn deal between the minority Conservative government and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).


  • ‘Deliver social care green paper,’ ministers are told

    21 June 2017

    Ministers should urgently deliver a social care green paper and resist the temptation to kick it into the long grass after the General Election, county councils warned this week.


  • Authority defends record over ‘bed-blocking’ claims

    21 June 2017

    The council responsible for the highest number of ‘bed-blocking’ incidents in England says it still ensures that 90% of discharged patients return home immediately.


  • Suspended chief quits

    21 June 2017

    Bury MBC’s suspended chief executive, Mike Owen, resigned ahead of this week’s hearing into his handling of historical child abuse allegations.


  • Chief resigns ahead of crunch hearing

    20 June 2017

    Bury MBC’s suspended chief executive, Mike Owen, resigned ahead of this week’s hearing into his handling of historical child abuse allegations.


  • Hammond hints at easing of austerity

    19 June 2017

    Chancellor Philip Hammond has hinted he could ease some of the financial pressures on local government brought about by prolonged austerity.


  • Government urged to act as social care crisis surges

    14 June 2017

    The social care funding crisis jumped straight to the top of the new Government’s agenda this week after official figures revealed soaring rates of ‘bed-blocking’.


  • ‘Second homes tax’ funds will benefit county’s vulnerable

    14 June 2017

    Derbyshire CC has agreed to allocate 75% of income raised through its ‘second homes tax’ to vulnerable people in four areas of the county.


  • Bury set to meet over suspensions of officials

    14 June 2017

    Bury MBC will discuss the future of three suspended senior officials – including chief executive Mike Owen – next week.


  • Javid back in communities post

    14 June 2017

    Private concerns about Sajid Javid’s commitment to local government have greeted his reappointment to the role of communities secretary.


  • CSE inquiry hit by second withdrawal

    14 June 2017

    The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been rocked after a second influential victims group with strong links to council children’s homes quit.


  • Which way Mrs May?

    14 June 2017

    Social care predicted to be among casualties of reforms for the sector post General Election – though door could still be open for devo


  • Second victims group quits sex abuse inquiry

    13 June 2017

    The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been rocked after a second influential victims group with strong links to council children’s homes quit.


  • ‘Give firms accurate bills,’ authorities told

    06 June 2017

    Ministers should ensure all firms that qualify for local business rates support receive help within a month after the General Election, business leaders have told The MJ.


  • Tired, but defiant, officials ready for polling day

    06 June 2017

    Polling stations have opened their doors for the General Election today, with exhausted-but-defiant council officials prepared for security threats following a series of terror attacks.


  • DCN’s competing candidates set out their manifestos

    06 June 2017

    The two candidates to take over as chairman of the District Councils’ Network (DCN) this week outlined their visions for lower-tier government in England.


  • LGPS urged to ditch fossil fuel investments

    06 June 2017

    Trade union Unison has urged local government’s pension scheme to disinvest from fossil fuels despite president Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement.