Improvement

Liverpool reform programme ‘at risk’

04/05/2022

Levelling up secretary Michael Gove has agreed to let commissioners at Liverpool City Council delay their latest report amid their warnings that plans to turn the council around are in the balance.

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’.

Slough given conditions for £300m bailout

08/03/2022

Slough Council will only be considered for a £307m Government bailout to cover its deficits if it proves it can turn itself around financially, the Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has warned.

Trust for children's services at Star Hobson council

25/01/2022

Bradford Council’s children’s services will be transferred to a not-for-profit trust following the tragic death of Star Hobson.

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.

Shortcomings revealed in second child murder case

14/12/2021

A second court case in a month has revealed serious shortcomings in how local agencies responded to allegations of abuse shortly before a child’s murder.

Commissioners sent in to struggling Slough

01/12/2021

The Government has sent commissioners in to struggling Slough BC in a bid to turn round its failing finances.

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.

Ombudsman: Care system failing to deliver

28/09/2021

Funding problems rather than individual errors explain a ‘relentless rise’ in the proportion of social care complaints upheld by the local government ombudsman, the watchdog has said.

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.

Liverpool puts forward improvement plan

12/05/2021

Liverpool City Council has drafted an improvement plan and letter in response to the Caller report, which called for an intervention in the city.

Jenrick steps in at 'dysfunctional' Liverpool

24/03/2021

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.

New measures to tackle ‘serious failures’ at Nottingham City Council

18/12/2020

An expert panel to help Nottingham City Council improve its ‘appalling financial and management issues’ has been set up by the Government.

Ombudsman makes 12% more service improvement recommendations

28/07/2020

Increasing systemic problems identified in residents’ complaints has led to the Local Government Ombudsman making more wider service improvement recommendations to councils than ever before.

Council peer reviews go virtual

09/07/2020

Peer support for councils is going virtual to help them deal with recovery and renewal as they emerge from the coronavirus lockdown.

IfG: Extend outsourcing reforms to councils

04/03/2020

Government reforms of outsourcing to avoid another Carillion collapse must be extended to local government where commercial skills lag behind Whitehall, a report from the Institute for Government (IfG) think-tank has said.

Councils welcome education improvements in Wales

04/12/2019

Council leaders in Wales have welcomed improvements to all areas of the country’s education system.

Northants reorganisation stalled amid election

08/11/2019

Plans to reorganise cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council have stalled amid the general election.

Councils save £100m through sector-led improvements

20/08/2019

Councils have saved more than £100m in the past year by using the Local Government Association’s sector-led improvement (SLI) offer.

Call for leader to quit after 'repeated failures'

05/06/2019

Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has called for Northamptonshire CC leader, Matt Golby, to quit after ‘repeated failures’ in the council’s children’s services.

'Slow progress' two years after inadequate judgement

24/05/2019

Gloucestershire CC is making ‘slow progress’ in improving its services for its children and young people two years after it was judged inadequate, Ofsted has found.

Delay to Northamptonshire reorganisation welcomed

14/05/2019

Council leaders have welcomed the year-long delay to plans to create two new unitaries in Northamptonshire.

Brokenshire moves to boost local government accountability

09/05/2019

Brokenshire moves to impose fresh conditions on ‘top slice’ cash

Brum improvement team issues final damning judgement and walks away

02/04/2019

Birmingham City Council’s intervention team has issued a final, damning report on the crisis-hit council and walked away – despite admitting its job is not complete.

Council makes 'significant progress' after standards issues

01/03/2019

Sandwell MBC has made ‘significant progress’ following an independent review last year.

LGA faces financial headache

25/01/2019

Smith Square has acknowledged the financial challenges it faces as it freezes subscriptions while grappling with declining Government grants and a pension scheme deficit.

Whitehall demands in-year cuts to improvement programme

19/09/2018

The sector’s ability to respond to crises such as a care provider failure could be hit after Whitehall demanded cuts to a key improvement programme, senior councillors have been warned.

LEPs told to improve ahead of EU funding changes

06/09/2018

Fresh concerns have emerged about local enterprise partnerships (LEP) as the Government considers whether to use them to funnel UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) cash.

Brokenshire considering new devolution models

10/07/2018

James Brokenshire is considering new models of devolution as he seeks to extend further powers to local areas, the communities secretary has insisted.

Northampton unitary plan falls

15/05/2018

The tight timeframe for reorganising local government across Northamptonshire claimed its first victim this week despite ministers’ decision to extend the consultation period.

Brokenshire announces Northamptonshire commissioners

09/05/2018

New local government secretary James Brokenshire has today announced the two commissioners appointed to help rescue troubled Northamptonshire CC.

Northants to have improvement board

02/05/2018

Northamptonshire CC will establish an improvement board that will work closely with government commissioners to improve the county’s finances and governance ahead of reorganisation.

Essex to take lead over Barnet’s ‘inadequate’ children’s services

26/01/2018

Essex County Council has been appointed Barnet’s improvement partner after the latter’s children’s services were rated ‘inadequate’ by inspectors.

Inspectors sent in to probe Northamptonshire Council's finances

09/01/2018

Local government secretary Sajid Javid has ordered a best value inspection of Conservative-led Northamptonshire CC amid continuing concerns over its financial management and corporate governance.

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