What next for the Environment Bill?


Simon Colvin explores what local government needs to know about the Environment Bill.

Council governance systems ‘inadequate’ for austerity era


The Government has not done enough to ensure that governance systems in local authorities are suitable for an ‘era of financial pressure and rapid change’, MPs have warned.

Open up to scrutiny


For many councils scrutiny has failed to live up to its potential, says Ed Hammond. But he hopes new statutory guidance out today will help them take active steps to promote and support the function.

Councils urged to 'embrace scrutiny'


Councils have been urged to ‘embrace scrutiny’ of their spending decisions in new guidance issued by the Government.

Scottish councils lose over £120m due to ‘weak’ financial controls


Systems to prevent public money being lost to mistakes and fraud in local government ‘may be under strain’, Audit Scotland has warned.

Auditors call for Welsh councils to make scrutiny ‘fit for the future’


Auditors in Wales have outlined the six steps that Welsh councils need to take in order to improve overview and scrutiny functions.

Calls for a 'radical rethink' on local government failure


The established ways of thinking about and addressing failure in local government are no longer fit for purpose, a new discussion paper has warned.

LEPs told to improve ahead of EU funding changes


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.

What the fire taught us


After Grenfell, changes to governance and consultation were the recommendations of a study for Kensington & Chelsea RLBC by the Centre for Public Scrutiny, and the Democratic Society. Jacqui McKinlay explains.

Government oversight of LEPs not good enough, MPs say


The Public Accounts Committee has stressed its lack of faith in the Government’s oversight of local enterprise partnerships in a critical report published today.

Report demands new accountability powers for local government


Academics have demanded a raft of tools to enable local government to hold to account the ‘chaotic network’ of agencies involved in providing public services.

Committees launch joint inquiry on long-term care funding


A pair of Commons select committees has joined forces to launch an inquiry on the long-term funding and provision of adult social care.

LEP moves to become 'most transparent' in England


A local enterprise partnership (LEP) that had funding restrictions slapped on it by the Government has approved transparency measures that go beyond national guidance.

The top 10 things local government can expect in 2018


Tiffany Cloynes outlines her predictions for the top 10 issues for local government in 2018.

‘Culture change’ needed to improve local government scrutiny, MPs say


A 'culture change' is needed to make sure decisions taken by council leaders are properly scrutinised, MPs have warned.

Local government accountability inquiry ‘long overdue’, MPs say


MPs today announced the launch of a ‘long overdue’ inquiry into overview and scrutiny in local government.

Taxpayers denied full access to information on public spending


The taxpayer is being prevented from fully scrutinising the way public funds are spent, anti-corruption group warns.

Council pension fund supports working practices review of Sports Direct


A local government pensions body has backed calls for a review into the working practices at Sports Direct.

MPs warn devolution deals 'lack transparency'


The government’s approach to devolution, including timetabling, accountability and transparency, have come under fire today in a new report from MPs.

The dog that did not bark


After his FOI request on government funding to councils was blocked, Graham Chapman says serious questions must still be answered over distribution.

Watchdog calls for improved scrutiny of public spending


The increased used of outsourcing and devolution to local areas is undermining Parliament's ability to hold the Government to account, the public spending watchdog is warning today.

Devolution must be more openly negotiated, urges MPs


The government’s devolution agenda has been characterised by a lack of clear objectives, rushed negotiations, and insufficient openness, according to select committee.

Scottish Parliament launches probe of arm’s length council operations


The way in which councils in Scotland use arm’s length bodies to deliver local services is to be examined by MSPs to ensure they are accountable and provide value for money.

Think tanks calls for greater transparency in devolution deals


Councils should put transparency at the heart of any devolution deal, the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) is warning.

Falkirk Council urged to be more ambitious by spending watchdog


Falkirk Council must commit to ‘a more ambitious’ financial plan if it is to secure £46m savings over the next three years, a public spending watchdog is warning.

Rotherham to remain under Government control until 2019


The Government has said it is likely to take four years until full powers are returned to Rotherham Council following intervention after a sexual abuse scandal emerged in 2014.

Tower Hamlets aims to become transparency ‘beacon’ with launch of commission


Tower Hamlets has launched a commission to examine how it can improve transparency, after revelations about historic corruption forced an election re-run.

Innovation in inertia – the cultural barrier


Why councils need to overcome cultural barriers and the skills gaps to achieve transformational change.

Review to probe links between care and custody


A review has been launched to find new ways to end the 'depressing route from care to custody' experienced by vulnerable teenagers.

Kerslake to head scrutiny charity


Lord Bob Kerslake, who rose from being CEO at two local authorities to become head of the civil service and permanent secretary to the Department of Communities and Local Government, is to take up the position of chair at the Centre for Public Scrutiny.

Councils urged to work together on scrutiny


A new guide to help councils work together on scrutiny and improve accountability has been launched.

Scottish councils urged to better control borrowing


Scottish councillors must improve scrutiny over borrowing if local authorities are to manage their near £15bn of debt – auditors have warned.

Poll reveals questions over effectiveness of council scrutiny


Scrutiny of council decisions varies 'widely' across the country while opinion is 'divided' on local effectiveness, research suggests.

Councils warned structural change will not prevent service failures


Councils have been urged to ‘resist the temptation’ to make structural changes in the wake of the Rotherham scandal by the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS).

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Deborah Heather explores the issue of homestay rentals and managing short-term lets within council boundaries.
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