Sam Clayden 27 July 2017

Sector chiefs’ warning of hollowed out Whitehall

Sector chiefs’ warning of hollowed out Whitehall image

Senior sector figures this week called for clarity amid escalating concerns Whitehall is too stretched to tackle critical financial sustainability issues.

With ministers’ and civil servants’ hands tied by Brexit and the response to the Grenfell tragedy, fears are mounting that local government finance has plummeted down the agenda, spelling uncertainty for councils scrambling to plan for the future.

In a letter to government departments, seen by The MJ, Number 10 highlighted Brexit, Grenfell, the Midlands Engine and its industrial strategy as key priorities, but did not mention local government finance reform.

Director of local government at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, Sean Nolan, said it was inevitable that Brexit would ‘suck all kinds of capacity and intellectual brainpower from across government,’ including the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The National Audit Office’s (NAO) executive leader for local services, Abdool Kara, warned councils were struggling to plan beyond the short-term as they grappled with ‘one of most uncertain periods in their history’.

To continue reading visit The MJ (£).

Councils vs network operators? image

Councils vs network operators?

The Electronic Communications Code reduces red tape, but in doing so it cuts the potential revenue property owners stand to make and risks pitting local authorities against operators. Zoe Wright reports.
Highways jobs

Air Quality Monitoring Project Manager

Birmingham City Council
£34,788 - £42,683
Seeking a skilled and dedicated individual with a background in environmental protection and air quality to... Birmingham, West Midlands
Recuriter: Birmingham City Council

Social Worker - Assessment & Intervention

Essex County Council
£22700.0 - £40750.0 per annum
In ECC we are "Serious about Social Work". Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award 2018 and been awarded 'Outstanding' by England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Social Worker - Family Support & Protection

Essex County Council
£30001.0 - £41000.0 per annum
Please note this role is based in Basildon and is open to Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs). The starting salary for NQSWs is £27,775 per annum a England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Property Transaction Surveyor

North Yorkshire County Council
£34,788 to £38,813
We are looking for a Property Transaction Surveyor to join our growing Property Service North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Workplace Manager

North Yorkshire County Council
£42,683 to £46,503
We are seeking a Workplace Manager to join our growing Property Service. North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine