Mark Whitehead

Purdah and local government

18/04/2019

What is purdahh and how can those in local government avoid breaking the rules? Mark Whitehead explains.

Council elections: A testing time for party alignments

18/04/2019

Like it or not, the council elections will be dominated by an issue that has nothing to do with local government, says Mark Whitehead.

Town hall of the future: bringing together the old and new

15/04/2019

A massive project in south London has transformed a jumble of old offices into a stylish set of buildings combining the traditional and modern to impressive effect. Mark Whitehead finds out more.

Council fined for leak of its gang database

05/04/2019

The London Borough of Newham has been fined £145,000 by the data watchdog for revealing personal information on more than 200 people who were on a police database.

Village halls urged to bid for share of £3m refurbishment fund

05/04/2019

The Government has launched a £3m fund to improve village halls.

Peers recommend tax incentives for seaside landlords

04/04/2019

Landlords have welcomed a proposal by peers that they should be given tax incentives to improve their properties in seaside towns.

Housing experts call for more regulation on Airbnb-style lets

04/04/2019

The Chartered Institute of Housing has called for regulation of Airbnb-style short-term lets to prevent the loss of private rented homes.

Make or buy? We need market place nous and value-free analysis

03/04/2019

Mark Whitehead explores the thorny issue of outsourcing after a think tank called for Labour not to ban the controversial practice.

Northants closes £65m funding gap in under a year

03/04/2019

Northamtonshire County Council has had its emergency section 114 notice lifted after wiping out a £65m funding gap in less than a year.

Two arrested in Blackpool slavery investigation

03/04/2019

An investigation into modern slavery and human trafficking supported by Blackpool Council has resulted in two arrests.

Protections for people who lack mental capacity must be 'robust', MPs say

02/04/2019

A new definition of what constitutes 'liberty' will be included in the Mental Capacity Act to help protect vulnerable people, the Government has announced.

NHS commits nearly £5m to digital adult social care projects

02/04/2019

Local government leaders have urged councils to bid for money to improve the use of technology for adult social care services.

School children in referral units doubles within a decade

01/04/2019

The number of primary school children in Pupil Referral Units has more than doubled since 2011. according to the Labour Party.

Domestic abuse services ‘struggling’ due to budget cuts

01/04/2019

Nearly 60% of women accessing domestic abuse support services have children and one in 15 are pregnant, according to a new report.

Quarter of care leavers experience 'low life satisfaction’, charity finds

01/04/2019

Young people leaving care are seven times more likely to be unhappy with their lives than their peers, according to new research.

Grayling launches £200m pothole fund

01/04/2019

Councils in England will be given a share of more than £200m for road maintenance and pothole repairs, transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced.

Councils to be part of ‘multi-agency initiative’ against knife crime

01/04/2019

Local authorities will be among the bodies involved in a multi-agency initiative against knife crime launched by home secretary Sajid Javid.

Half of British babies born in rented accommodation

29/03/2019

More babies are being born to parents living in insecure private sector rented accommodation, new research shows.

Councils support nearly 400,000 ‘troubled’ families

29/03/2019

The Government's programme to help families with serious challenges is making good progress, according to communities secretary James Brokenshire.

Council consults on £20m school investment

27/03/2019

Wiltshire County Council has launched a consultation on how to invest at least £20m in special school education.

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Camden London Borough Council
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To be considered for this post we are looking for a degree educated innovative and diligent Director who has previous demonstrable experience. Camden, London (Greater)
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Head of Educational Safeguarding and Inclusion

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
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Resourcer/Support Officer

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£19,554 - £21,166
You will provide appropriate support to and work alongside a disabled Corporate Policy Officer working within the Strategy and Policy Team.  Kirklees, West Yorkshire
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Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker

London Borough of Bexley
£29,966 inclusive of Choices and Market Premium
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