Funeral review could lead to new burdens
A review of funeral services could lead to a ratings system for the industry and hand responsibility for poor practice to local government.
Council chiefs' pay trails university bosses - research
Salaries for council chief executives are substantially lower than for university vice-chancellors, new Local Government Association (LGA) research has revealed.
Directors urge action ahead of new immigration rules
The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has urged action as Government considers whether to exempt the care sector from new immigration rules.
Government stands firm after Pickles plea
The Government has said it ‘would not be appropriate’ to pay legal costs to whistleblowers in electoral fraud cases despite a former communities secretary revealing he fought for it to happen.
Council to change finance approach after review
Warrington BC has ‘consistently overspent’ against parts of its budget and needs to change its approach to deliver services ‘from a more sustainable financial footing’.
EXCLUSIVE: Two LEPs still do not have legal personality
Two local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) have been granted extensions due to ‘exceptional circumstances’ after failing to adopt legal personalities before the April deadline, The MJ has learnt.
Council contributes to first UK sandscaping scheme
North Norfolk DC has contributed to the UK’s first sandscaping scheme to prevent further erosion and flooding along its coastline.
Woodford investors should have had clearer warnings
Kent CC and other investors in City heavyweight Neil Woodford’s fund should have been given clearer warnings about the risk of suspension before it happened, it has been claimed.
Call for leaders to be given seat at top table
A council of UK civic leaders chaired by the Prime Minister and mayors on the Privy Council are among the calls from a think-tank.
Report discovers little assurance on council-owned company governance
A Hertsmere BC audit report has only given ‘limited assurance’ that its governance of council-owned companies is effectively controlled.
Brokenshire in unitary unanimity move
Future unitary bids will only be considered if they are ‘coalescing around a single option,’ the Government has confirmed.
Children's services progress 'slow and uneven'
Ofsted has described the progress of Reading BC to improve its children’s services as ‘slow, uneven and not always sustained’.
New shared leadership team for council pair
Two councils that recently reinstated the position of joint chief executive have laid out plans to appoint a new shared leadership team.
Labour proposes outsourcing reversal
Labour’s plans to reverse outsourcing of council services have drawn a mixed reaction from the sector.
Kick-start devo deals, says Heseltine
Former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine has called for power over housing, skills and jobs to be handed to metro mayors in order to kick-start the devolution agenda.
Councils still dominated by male politicans, says Fawcett Society
Women’s representation in local government is ‘at a standstill’ according to the Fawcett Society.