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Council to announce chief after capacity criticism

15/04/2024

East Devon DC is hoping to announce its new chief executive early next month after peers said senior level capacity was currently ‘limited’.

Five million could be disenfranchised by voter ID, polling finds

11/04/2024

Five million voters could be disenfranchised by the Government’s new voter ID rules at the General Election, first-of-its-kind polling has suggested.

Auditors concerned by slow transformation

27/03/2024

Scotland’s Accounts Commission is ‘extremely concerned’ by slow transformation at Moray Council, which faces a £31m deficit despite years of warnings.

Slough chief to stand down

15/03/2024

Slough BC’s chief executive Stephen Brown is to stand down, the authority has announced.

Breaking: Brum chief exec steps down

13/03/2024

Birmingham City Council chief executive, Deborah Cadman, has announced her intention to stand down after three years in charge.

Two-year Sandwell intervention to end

07/03/2024

Local government minister Simon Hoare has today confirmed that Whitehall’s two-year intervention at Sandwell Council will end.

'Culture of mistrust' found at Newham

04/03/2024

Newham LBC’s chief executive has vowed to tackle the ‘culture of mistrust’ among politicians and officers laid bare by a critical peer review.

LGA 'strengthens' peer challenge but still won't name and shame resistant councils

01/03/2024

The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched its ‘strengthened’ corporate peer challenge (CPC) to help neutralise the threat from Oflog.

Warnings over job cuts repercussions

28/02/2024

Councils embarking on mass job cuts have been warned it will have grave repercussions for the senior managers of the future.

Regulator calls for 'substantial' planning intervention

26/02/2024

The planning system requires ‘substantial intervention’ by the Government to ensure consistent delivery of new homes, a major study has concluded.

Chiefs: Sector can afford senior pay hike

20/02/2024

Council chiefs have insisted their pay settlement must match the award for local government staff after years in which senior wage rises have fallen behind.

Council probe leads officers to ‘step back’

19/02/2024

Two senior Guildford and Waverley officers have agreed to temporarily ‘step back’ from their roles amid intensifying investigations into housing maintenance contracts.

Mapley to take over from Whiteman at CIPFA

16/02/2024

Hertfordshire CC boss Owen Mapley will take over as Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) chief executive officer when Rob Whiteman retires, it has been announced.

Wales could drive agenda on council tax, report argues

12/02/2024

Wales could have a chance to deal with unfairness in the council tax system and drive the agenda for other nations and regions to follow, says think-tank.

Health boost for Housing First residents, research finds

01/02/2024

Housing First – under which homeless people are guaranteed a home while they access support – reduces demand on health and social care services, study finds.

LGA appoints new chief exec

04/01/2024

Surrey County Council boss Joanna Killian has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Local Government Association (LGA).

Croydon cleared of discrimination claims

02/01/2024

Croydon LBC and its chief executive Katherine Kerswell have been cleared of allegations of racial discrimination by an employment tribunal.

Fourth commissioner appointed at Woking

13/12/2023

The Government has appointed Richard Carr as a managing director commissioner at Woking BC.

Current climate making it ‘impossible’ for councils to carry on

15/11/2023

Soaring demand, rising pay bills and inflationary costs are making it ‘virtually impossible’ to keep councils going, a senior chief executive has said.

Brum commissioners warn council will need further help to agree lawful budget

09/11/2023

Commissioners at Birmingham City Council have warned it will struggle to agree a lawful budget next year without further help.

Council chiefs to receive 3.5% pay increase

02/11/2023

Local authority chief executives will receive a 3.5% salary increase backdated to the beginning of April after agreement was reached on this year’s pay award.

Emergency summit held amid temporary accommodation warnings

31/10/2023

More than 150 councils this week attended an emergency summit as the cost of temporary accommodation to local authorities increases rapidly.

Labour regeneration plans will fail 'without radical action'

31/10/2023

An incoming Labour government’s regeneration plans will fail without radical action to devolve financial decision-making, researchers have warned.

Croydon improvement panel details exit strategy

17/10/2023

Croydon LBC’s Government-appointed improvement panel has outlined a timetable for withdrawing from the authority amid ‘strong progress’ in fixing its finances.

Chief executive retires following resignation calls

13/10/2023

East Devon DC chief executive Mark Williams has announced his retirement.

London Councils eyes apprenticeship levy devolution

09/10/2023

London Councils has named securing devolution of the apprenticeship levy to its boroughs to fund skills and employment activity as a key short-term priority.

LGA chief departs

06/10/2023

Local Government Association chief executive Mark Lloyd will be leaving with immediate effect, the association has announced.

Coroner's deadline for council after Rottweiler mauling

02/10/2023

A licensing team has been given until 13 November to respond after being urged to take a ‘more proactive approach’ following a fatal dog attack.

EXCLUSIVE: LGA chief under threat

27/09/2023

The future of Local Government Association (LGA) chief executive Mark Lloyd today hangs in the balance as the new Labour-led regime considers changes.

EXCLUSIVE: Housing pressures may push councils into effective bankruptcy

04/09/2023

Rising housing pressures will force some councils to effectively declare bankruptcy, a local authority chief executive with more than 40 years of experience in the sector has warned.

EXCLUSIVE: Government rejects sector's Oflog concerns

04/09/2023

The Government has rejected council concerns about key Oflog metrics that have been labelled ‘misleading and meaningless’.

South Lanarkshire begins search for new chief

23/08/2023

The chief executive of South Lanarkshire Council, Cleland Sneddon, has announced he is to retire at the end of the year.

‘Mass exodus’ claims at North Lincolnshire

14/08/2023

North Lincolnshire Council is facing a ‘mass exodus’ of senior staff, opposition members have claimed.

Health backing for police withdrawal delay

08/08/2023

Senior healthcare figures have backed councils’ demand to delay police withdrawal from non-urgent mental health callouts.

Croydon elections 'secure' despite 'justified' criticism

08/08/2023

A review of Croydon’s 2022 elections has backed chief executive Katherine Kerswell’s handling of the delayed result but said some criticism was ‘justified’.

Pay dispute to stretch into autumn

07/08/2023

The local government pay dispute is destined to stretch into the autumn as trade union Unite warned ‘coordinated industrial action’ was ‘inevitable’.

Appointments could spark finance review, says CIPFA chief

03/08/2023

Appointment of a new chief executive, finance director or political leader could provoke an independent review of finances under plans mooted by Rob Whiteman.

Hackney chief to stand down

17/07/2023

Mark Carroll is to step down as chief executive of Hackney LBC at the end of next month.

Lloyd: Pandemic simulation kept secret from sector

12/07/2023

Lessons from a Whitehall-run pandemic simulation exercise in 2016 were kept secret from local government, the UK Covid-19 Inquiry has heard.

East Devon chief exec urged to resign

10/07/2023

East Devon DC's chief exec has been urged to resign after the publication of a report into the council's handling of serious allegations against a councillor.

Tributes to 'rare gem' Lord Kerslake

03/07/2023

Figures across local and national government have paid tribute to ‘champion of local democracy’ Lord Bob Kerslake.

Sheffield apologises 'unreservedly' for trees dispute

21/06/2023

Sheffield City Council has apologised ‘unreservedly’ after a report found the authority mishandled a dispute over the felling of thousands of healthy trees.

Council chiefs named in King's Birthday Honours

19/06/2023

Council officers and members were among those to be named on the King’s Birthday Honours list this year.

Long-term solution sought to drainage board pressure

12/06/2023

Councils are seeking a ‘long-term solution’ as internal drainage boards (IDB) warn increasing energy costs will pile further pressure on council budgets.

Chiefs reject pay offer

31/05/2023

Senior officers have formally rejected the ‘full and final’ pay offer tabled by employers.

Councils 'not ready' for Met's mental health withdrawal

30/05/2023

Councils are not ready for the consequences of the Metropolitan Police Services’ decision to withdraw from non-emergency mental health callouts, experts warn.

Court case looms after election blunder

16/05/2023

A councillor who gained the most votes at a recent election faces a court case for her seat after a blunder led officials to announce the wrong winner.

London borough hit by 'severe maladministration' finding

09/05/2023

The Housing Ombudsman has issued seven findings of ‘severe maladministration’ against Hammersmith & Fulham LBC.

Council staff respond to Sudan evacuation

02/05/2023

Councils have been urged to ‘apply maximum flexibility’ when UK nationals returning from Sudan present as homeless.

Hackney chief steps back from duties

24/04/2023

Hackney LBC chief executive Mark Carroll has announced he will be stepping back from his council duties to attend to family matters.

Number of council staff earning over £100k down post-pandemic

19/04/2023

The number of council staff receiving more than £100,000 is nearly at 2,800, according to campaigners, which is down slightly from last year.

County recruits London borough chief

13/04/2023

Staffordshire CC has announced the appointment of Pat Flaherty as its next chief executive.

EXCLUSIVE: ‘It’s time for a new Audit Commission’

12/04/2023

An ex-senior mandarin has today called for a new Audit Commission as The MJ reveals the draft metrics the Government is considering for its new watchdog.

Councils concerned over Afghan removal plan

12/04/2023

Councils have expressed deep concerns about Government plans to remove Afghan refugees from hotel accommodation amid ‘chronic’ shortage of affordable housing.

Croydon pushes ahead with drive to hold former leaders to account

23/03/2023

Croydon LBC has announced ‘unprecedented action’ to hold ex-senior leaders to account for ‘misconduct, wrongdoing and failures in governance’.

Exeter City Council recruits first female chief executive

15/03/2023

A council officer with nearly two decades of experience in local government has become Exeter City Council's first female chief executive.

LGA to beef up council oversight amid Oflog fears

07/03/2023

The Local Government Association (LGA) today revealed plans to beef up its oversight of councils in an effort to stave off Government interference.

Grievance forces Scottish councils to increase pay for chiefs

03/03/2023

Scottish councils have been forced to axe the pay cap on chief executives after a successful grievance was raised.

Investigator says 'heads must roll' after Croydon collapse

24/02/2023

An independent report into the reasons for the financial collapse of Croydon LBC that has finally been officially published has said ‘heads must roll’.

Bed blocking down by just 3% a month on from £250m plan

22/02/2023

The Government’s £250m initiative to speed up hospital discharges reduced the number of bed blockers by less than 3% in its first month.

Growth for pension pool despite Covid

13/02/2023

One of local government’s biggest joint pension partnerships has now pooled £47.5bn of the £60bn assets under its management.

Auditor calls for national changes after public interest report

01/02/2023

External auditor Grant Thornton has called for national changes after cataloguing a ‘toxic’ culture and ‘dysfunctional environment’ at Cheshire East Council.

Sector given role in NHS plan

31/01/2023

Local government will join an ‘expert group’ with the community sector and care providers to ‘build adult social care capacity’ as part of a new NHS plan.

Rossendale names next chief executive

12/01/2023

Rossendale BC has announced Rob Huntington will become its next chief executive.

Bradford Council chief executive to step down

12/01/2023

Bradford City Council Kersten England has announced she will retire in June.

Council pleads guilty to health and safety breach after Ella Henderson death

10/01/2023

Newcastle City Council’s boss has said new procedures have been put in place after the local authority pleaded guilty to a health and safety breach.

Brown to ask Government to bypass referendum limit

05/01/2023

The chief executive of troubled Slough Council is preparing to ask the Government for permission to increase council tax above the 5% legal limit.

Section 114 notice issued for Thurrock

20/12/2022

Thurrock Council’s interim director of finance, Jonathan Wilson, has issued a section 114 notice as the authority faces a £470m in-year funding gap.

Labour outlines huge devolution push

05/12/2022

Labour proposes removing ‘dead hand of centralisation’ by devolving to local government wide-ranging powers over employment, growth, transport and education.

£470m in-year budget gap at Thurrock revealed

29/11/2022

Troubled Thurrock BC has revealed it has no way to fill its £470m in-year budget gap without a Government bailout.

Interim chief given role permanently

23/11/2022

Swansea City & CC has appointed its interim chief executive on a permanent basis.

Stark Solace survey gives thumbs down to Autumn Statement

21/11/2022

Nine in 10 council managers believe the Autumn Statement will impact negatively on residents, with many frontline services expected to be axed.

Rural services 'may be lost' without funding formula

16/11/2022

Ministers should implement the 2013-14 funding formula which promised to improve rural finances before measures were dampened or risk losing key countryside services, experts have argued.

Think-tank urges litter and fly-tipping crackdown

07/11/2022

Councils should be required to use outsourced firms if they fail to enforce litter and fly-tipping laws, a think-tank has suggested.

Long-buried report reveals 'organisational dysfunction'

03/10/2022

‘Organisational dysfunction at the most senior level’ of Croydon LBC has been laid bare in a long-buried report leaked to The MJ.

Clarke appointed as local government secretary

06/09/2022

Local government has given new local government secretary Simon Clarke a guarded welcome after he was appointed by new Prime Minister Liz Truss.

Nottingham escapes commissioners threat

02/09/2022

Ministers have held back from appointing commissioners at Nottingham City Council, instead deciding to strengthen the powers of its improvement and assurance board.

Police charge trio of former council chiefs

23/08/2022

Three former council chief executives have been charged as part of an investigation into financial irregularities.

Employers put forward flat rate rise in council staff pay

25/07/2022

Employers have offered a flat rate pay rise of £1,925 to all council staff. 

Employers warn against local pay deals

19/07/2022

Councils have been warned against undermining the ‘fundamental integrity’ of national talks by agreeing local deals as pressure grows on pay.

Early intervention cuts trigger crisis interventions

18/07/2022

Councils, young people and families are trapped in a ‘vicious cycle’ due to the halving of investment in early intervention over the last decade, the largest children’s charities have warned.

Talks held over council's debt concern

05/07/2022

Woking BC has held ‘positive and constructive’ talks with the Government amid ministerial concerns about the sustainability of the authority’s debts.

Sheffield reaches verdict following chief’s lockdown party

29/06/2022

Sheffield City Council’s chief executive Kate Josephs has received a written warning after attending a Whitehall lockdown party.

Warning over second s114 at troubled council

08/06/2022

Conservative-run Northumberland Council may be hit by a second section 114, a senior officer has admitted.

Unions demand 'substantial' pay increase

06/06/2022

Councils will be consulted this month after local government trade unions demanded a ‘substantial’ pay increase amid rising costs of food, fuel and household bills.

Nottingham expected to bring housing back under direct control after probes

27/04/2022

Nottingham City Council is expected to bring its housing back under direct control after two independent probes found ‘underlying issues around governance and finance’.

UK comes under pressure to adopt rights charter

26/04/2022

Local leaders will continue to be ‘heavily constrained’ until the UK follows through on its promise to guarantee the rights of local government in law, a sector expert has warned.

Councils look at shared leadership team

19/04/2022

Two district councils are expected to draw up plans for sharing a single leadership team.

Blaenau Gwent receives damning report in public interest

28/01/2022

Auditors said oversight of the council's waste company was ‘inadequate’ for more than a decade.

Oxfordshire councils look to scrap partnership

18/01/2022

Oxfordshire County Council and Cherwell District Council have announced they are looking to end their formal partnership.

Sheffield chief apologises for Whitehall leaving do

14/01/2022

The chief executive officer of Sheffield City Council has apologised for having her Whitehall leaving do while coronavirus restrictions were in place.

Powers warning ahead of new deals

07/12/2021

A new report today warns areas reluctant to accept directly-elected leaders in the next wave of devolution deals may be offered ‘fewer powers and flexibilities’.

Gove warned of climate change floods risk

22/11/2021

Local government secretary Michael Gove was today urged to align UK housing policy with climate change.

Commissioners to monitor Slough improvement plan

26/10/2021

Mismanagement and a dysfunctional culture contributed to Slough Council’s financial meltdown, two Government-ordered reviews have concluded.

EXCLUSIVE: Employers dig in as they refuse to reopen pay talks

19/10/2021

Council employers have dug in to defend their ‘full and final’ pay offer despite warnings that months of disruption could lie ahead.

Sunak urged to tackle backlogs in public services or face greater costs

19/10/2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak must swiftly invest in public services hit hardest by the pandemic or face much greater costs down the line, a report has warned.

BREAKING: Slough becomes second council to issue Section 114 in a year

01/07/2021

Slough Council has become the second local authority in less than a year to issue a dreaded Section 114 notice.

Councils urged to 'sharpen commercial edge'

15/06/2021

A new report has argued that allowing councils to sharpen their commercial edge will ‘unlock immense latent place potential’ and help ‘galvanise recovery’.

Commissioners appointed at Liverpool City Council

10/06/2021

Surrey CC’s chief executive Joanna Killian will be part of the team of independent commissioners who will oversee improvements at Liverpool City Council, local government secretary Robert Jenrick has announced today.

Homelessness charity calls for Home Office rules to be scrapped

21/04/2021

Home Office rules ‘undermine’ efforts to end rough sleeping and should be ‘scrapped immediately,’ a charity has said.

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