Government accepts Prevent strategy criticism
The Home Office has praised a report that criticised public bodies’ failure to thwart the radicalisation of vulnerable youngsters before they turned to terrorism.
City study mulls over benefits of jobs relocation
Government plans to move highly-skilled civil servants from London are more likely to succeed if jobs are relocated to host cities with existing high-quality employment, a report by the Centre for Cities think-tank has found.
Council wins court battle days after Gove intervention
Sheffield City Council has won a court battle against people protesting about its tree-felling programme.
Power of attorney system 'deeply flawed'
One of Britain’s foremost experts on safeguarding the elderly has warned that the power of attorney system is deeply flawed.
Birmingham bin strike suspended
The bin strike that has hit Birmingham City Council has been suspended.
Council apologises for court order breach
Gloucestershire CC has apologised to the parents of a child after a judge ruled the council breached a court order when it took the youngster into care.
Khan slams Google over gang violence videos
London mayor Sadiq Khan this week criticised social media giants Google and YouTube for refusing to withdraw videos that encourage gang violence and knife crime.
Prevent strategy ‘in need of reform’
The Home Office’s Prevent strategy, aimed at stopping terrorism, is effective at local level but ‘requires reform’ and ‘needs to be better explained,’ experts have told The MJ.
Leader praises Haringey improvements
The leader of Haringey LBC has praised the authority’s long-term response to the ‘Baby P’ scandal on the tenth anniversary of Peter Connelly’s tragic death.
Leader denies ‘witch-hunt’ to slash senior management roles
Lancashire CC’s leader has denied claims his plan to slash senior management posts was linked to his arrest as part of an ongoing police investigation.
Union slams suspension of backdated social care ‘sleep-in’ staff payments
Whitehall action to prop-up social care providers has been criticised by local government’s largest trade union.
Legal action over data leak
Newcastle City Council is facing legal action over a data leak that exposed the personal details of thousands of adopted children and their parents.
Lambeth accused of U-turn over compensation for abuse survivors
The chairman of an influential child abuse survivors group has accused Lambeth LBC of a U-turn over the £60m redress scheme designed to compensate local victims.
Town hall terror warning
Inconsistency in how safeguarding concerns relating to extremism are recorded is hampering councils’ ability to tackle the threat, a damning review has concluded.
Scale of overtime revealed by union
A third of social workers regularly work unpaid overtime in order to keep local authority services going, a new study by the GMB trade union has found.
Call to scrap Barnett formula after Brexit
The controversial Barnett formula should be scrapped following Brexit and replaced with a needs-based funding regime, an influential group of peers has urged.
Council wins battle with sex shop chain over licensing
Westminster City Council has won a key victory in its five-year battle over the level of fees that councils can charge licenced premises.
Libraries to reopen in Lancs
Lancashire CC has approved more than £3m towards reopening libraries after a minister threatened to investigate cuts to the service.
Ex-leader suspended as judge continues probe
Labour has suspended former Bury MBC leader, Cllr Mike Connolly, while investigations continue into alleged child protection failures at the authority.
Minister in talks to place more ‘Dubs children’ in care of UK authorities
Immigration minister Brandon Lewis travelled to Greece and Italy this week to discuss placing more ‘Dubs children’ in the care of British local authorities.