Good luck Liverpool
Intervention can be the best thing that happens to a council, ‘and can serve only to define the past not the future’, says Jo Miller. But the cause of the failure must be recognised and the right series of actions taken, she believes.
Meet the new breed of sustainable bonds
UK local authorities are well placed to access the capital markets through Envrionmental, Social and Governance bonds, and the range of projects they can fund is vast, says Christian Wall.
Liverpool Labour and the wider party should never have let this happen
After Max Caller's 'shocking' report on Liverpool City Council, Labour needs to make a case for good governance, and let go of its centralising tendencies, says Emma Burnell.
Liverpool looks to the future
Chief executive of Liverpool City Council Tony Reeves talks to Heather Jameson about the damning Caller report that followed the arrest of former Mayor Joe Anderson, and insists the council is addressing its weaknesses.
Financial collapse at Croydon could have been avoided
Chances to avert the council’s current financial plight were missed, its leader has admitted.
Jenrick steps in at 'dysfunctional' Liverpool
Commissioners will be sent in to Liverpool City Council after an independent inquiry found serious mismanagement and a dysfunctional culture, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has told Parliament.
Risks with council-owned companies
A clear, systematic framework is needed that underpins arrangements for overseeing and engaging with their companies to ensure councils’ interests are safeguarded, says chief executive of Local Partnerships Sean Hanson.
What can be learnt from the recent Public Interest Reports?
Paul Dossett of Grant Thornton UK considers the key lessons for local government that have emerged from the recent Public Interest Reports.
Councils should not 'overly collude' with 'flagellation' on governance
Councils should not ‘overly collude’ with the ‘flagellation that sometimes comes from the centre’ on their state of governance, according to a London borough chief executive.
LGA urges rethink on virtual meetings
The Local Government Association’s chairman has urged ministers to pave the way for virtual council meetings to continue after the local elections.
Damaging democracy through codes of conduct
Colin Copus makes the case for codes of conduct for councillors to be localised rather than nationalised, and says only voters should be able to remove members from office.
A toolkit for good governance
Launched this week, a new framework for examining complex local governance challenges focused on behaviours and culture provides a ‘common language’ to talk about risk, says Lord Bob Kerslake.
Rethinking for reset and recovery
What can be learned from the pandemic to improve how local government services are delivered? Nick Cole looks at how corporate colleagues have risen to the challenge and offers some tips to local leaders.
Northumberland 'concern' over company finances
Northumberland Council is looking to exert more control over its wholly-owned property firm after it posted losses of £30m.
Northampton accepts censure over loan
Northampton BC has accepted a public interest report that heavily criticised its financial governance but warned its response will be ‘limited’.
Why is central government not listening?
The pandemic has given local authorities the opportunity to shine and demonstrate to government that we can work effectively together, argues Blair Mcpherson.
Creating adaptive leadership in Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester needs courageous leaders to ‘design forward differently’, says David Jackson of the Innovation Unit.
Northampton dealings with football club ‘unlawful’
‘Significant failures of corporate governance’ at Northampton BC may have been unlawful, an auditor has found in a public interest report.
Legal advice sought in fight to keep remote meetings
Local government officers are seeking legal advice to work out if councils can continue to hold meetings remotely without a change to the law.
McArdle drafted in to help Croydon
The lead commissioner at Northamptonshire CC, Tony McArdle, has been appointed to chair Section 114-hit Croydon LBC’s government improvement panel.