Performance

‘Stuck’ schools need more tailored support, inspectors say

08/01/2020

Hundreds of schools in England are ‘stuck’ in a cycle of low performance and need more tailored support to improve, a new Ofsted report has found.

Redefining what good looks like

15/11/2019

Impower’s annual top 10 list is a celebration of strong council performance, and as Jon Ainger explains, many local authorities have stepped up to the challenge.

Transforming to a digital network

29/04/2019

CEOs are adopting a digital first approach to match customer needs, but how are they measuring success?

Top 10 most productive councils revealed

22/11/2018

‘Fetishising failure’ distracts increasingly scarce management time away from improving outcomes, according to a new report naming the top 10 most productive councils in England.

£5m scheme to help young people access the arts launched

02/10/2018

The Government has announced the establishment of five Youth Performance Partnerships to give young people greater access to the performing arts.

Double standards?

28/06/2018

When it comes to improving public services, what’s good for local government should be good for central government. Piali Das Gupta looks at why the latter can benefit from adopting the principles of the former

'Troubled services' costing £10bn to keep going by Government

19/10/2017

The Government is spending billions keeping public services going but failing to deal with underlying problems, experts have warned.

Nine out of ten councils have maintained services in past year

14/09/2017

Nine out of ten councils said they have maintained service quality in the last year, but only one in six councils think this will continue over the next five years, new research has found.

Welsh councils showing year-on-year improvement

13/09/2017

Nearly two-thirds of council services in Wales have improved over the last year, according to new figures.

Council smashes record with submission of accounts

14/06/2016

Westminster City Council has submitted its public sector accounts to the auditors in a record breaking nine days after the year end.

Sandwell children’s services facing move to voluntary trust

10/06/2016

Children’s social care services at Sandwell Council could be transferred to a voluntary trust, after being rated as 'inadequate' by inspectors last year.

Durham and Lincolnshire hailed as top highways authorities

08/04/2016

Durham and Lincolnshire have been named as the two top performing highways authorities in the country.

Council’s children's services ‘inadequate’, Ofsted warn

06/04/2016

A council’s children’s services are suffering from ‘serious and widespread failures’, says Ofsted report.

Watchdog warns about 'starker choices ahead' for councils

17/03/2016

Councils in Scotland have been warned that cutting staff numbers and increasing charges is neither 'sustainable nor sufficient' to meet future budget cuts, by a public spending watchdog.

'Serious weaknesses' at seven multi-academy trusts highlighted

11/03/2016

Many multi-academy trusts (MATs) have been manifesting the ‘same weaknesses as the worst-performing local authorities’, the chief inspector of schools has warned.

Local government in Wales – where next?

11/02/2016

James Downe reflects on the process of local government reform in Wales, and offers some thoughts about the future.

Rotherham gains back control of some functions

22/01/2016

Rotherham Council will take back control of housing, financial services, education and public health, despite ‘significant’ improvements still needed at the authority.

Warning that a third of major projects may be ‘unachievable’

06/01/2016

A third of major government projects due to be delivered in the next five years are at risk of being ‘unachievable’ unless action is taken, the National Audit Office (NAO) is warning.

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2015

16/12/2015

See our countdown of the 100 most popular stories on LocalGov during 2015, with jobs cuts, Pickles squeezing cash from councils and that infamous bake sale dominating the headlines.

Birmingham 'turning a corner' says progress report

08/12/2015

Birmingham City Council is ‘turning a corner’ but will need more time to restore itself as a ‘leader in local government’, according to the latest progress report.

Local government supplements

30/07/2015

The Hemming Group offers local authorities the unique opportunity to promote the many initiatives and key developments via a special focus, allowing you to communicate more information to local government industry.

Scorecard to rate NEET performance launched

27/07/2015

Councils will now be able to see how well they are getting young people into education, employment or training compared to other authorities, with the launch of a new annual scorecard.

County says ‘sorry’ to local children after third critical inspection

14/05/2015

A county has apologised to local children after its services were rated ‘inadequate’ for the third time in five years by inspectors.

Aberdeen faces 'substantial' workload to improve fleet

11/05/2015

A report has warned Aberdeen City Council still needs to undertake a ‘substantial’ amount of work to bring its transport fleet up to scratch.

LGA review should show us warts – and all

12/03/2015

I am a huge supporter of the Local Government Association but it struggles to speak with one voice when it is criticising its own, writes Heather Jameson.

Councils failing to protect children warns watchdog

10/03/2015

Over half of local authorities inspected for their children’s social care provision last year are 'not yet good enough', a damning report from Ofsted has warned.

Three councils warned over FOI delays

05/03/2015

Three councils are being monitored by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) following concerns they are too slow at responding to freedom of information (FOI) requests.

Birmingham improvement panel announced

22/01/2015

The panel drafted in to help improve Birmingham City Council to work with the troubled authority has been announced.

Councils consulted on sector-led improvement

21/01/2015

Council leaders and chiefs are being asked to give their opinions on sector-led improvement.

Council explores single business licence

30/07/2014

Councils could soon be able to issue firms with a single business licence under proposals being explored in Cornwall.

Record number of sites win Green Flag

29/07/2014

Britain’s parks and public spaces are awash with green after a record number of UK spaces were awarded Green Flag Awards.

Intervention at Doncaster to end early, confirms Pickles

22/07/2014

Government control of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council is due to end early, following improvements at the council.

West Sussex first to publish real time performance data

15/07/2014

West Sussex County Council has become the first local authority to give residents open access to its performance data.

Trust in Scottish Government outstrips Westminster despite fall

23/06/2014

Levels of public trust in the Scottish Government are falling but still remain more than double that of UK Government, according to latest research.

Maintaining performance image

Maintaining performance

The 15 strongest performing councils in adult social care have been highlighted in IMPOWER’s latest productivity INDEX. Ralph Cook looks at the results.
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Head of Income and Financial Inclusion

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£48,800 - £66,000 per annum
You’ll have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with a substantial track record of successful performance management. Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
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Advanced Practitioner

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Adult Principle Social Worker

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