• Good luck Liverpool

    08 April 2021

    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

    08 April 2021

    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

    06 April 2021

    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

    30 March 2021

    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

    26 March 2021

    Chances to avert the council’s current financial plight were missed, its leader has admitted.

  • Jenrick steps in at 'dysfunctional' Liverpool

    24 March 2021

    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

    24 March 2021

    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?

    12 March 2021

    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

    09 March 2021

    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

    09 March 2021

    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

    09 March 2021

    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

    09 March 2021

    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

    02 March 2021

    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

    24 February 2021

    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

    17 February 2021

    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?

    16 February 2021

    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  

    15 February 2021

    Greater Manchester needs courageous leaders to ‘design forward differently’, says David Jackson of the Innovation Unit.

  • Northampton dealings with football club ‘unlawful’

    28 January 2021

    ‘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

    28 January 2021

    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

    26 January 2021

    The lead commissioner at Northamptonshire CC, Tony McArdle, has been appointed to chair Section 114-hit Croydon LBC’s government improvement panel.