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EXCLUSIVE: LGA starts to shift on standards


Senior Local Government Association (LGA) figures expect the organisation’s reluctance to beefing up the standards regime to shift after the General Election.

Councillor accused of making ‘racist remarks’ during LGA meeting


A Tendring district councillor has been found to have breached the councillors’ Code of Conduct by allegedly making ‘highly offensive’ and ‘racist remarks’.

Leader bullied two senior officers, report finds


A council leader’s behaviour towards two senior officers amounted to bullying, a report into a code of conduct complaint has found.

Fresh call for minimum standards to protect private renters


MPs have urged the Government to protect tenants from the ‘catastrophic’ impact of poor-quality homes on their health.

Mayor failed to intervene following bullying


Details have emerged of a bullying probe at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority that found mayor Nik Johnson breached the organisation’s code of conduct.

Councils' readiness to adopt new accounting standards questioned


Doubts have been raised over the readiness of local authorities to adopt international accounting standards.

Ministers fear public building disruption after school closures


Some ministers fear disruption and huge costs if public buildings with RAAC are held to the standards the Department for Education set by closing schools.

Councils face £18m bill from new housing standards


Local authorities could be stuck with an £18m bill to implement new government housing standards, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Town council urges Nadine Dorries MP to quit


Flitwick Town Council has called on Nadine Dorries MP to ‘immediately vacate’ her seat to allow for a by-election.

South Lanarkshire leader suspended for leaking confidential information


South Lanarkshire council leader Joe Fagan has been suspended for disclosing confidential information to the press.

Local authority building control body welcomes £16.5m grant


The representative body for council building control in England and Wales will receive a £16.5m grant to support the delivery of new building safety standards.

Councillor apologises for assaulting blogger


A Sandwell councillor who assaulted a blogger by knocking the phone out of his hands has apologised for the incident.

Auditor calls for national changes after public interest report


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

Council’s standards investigation not conducted ‘fairly’


Local authorities need to ensure that their standards investigations into the actions of councillors are conducted ‘fairly and properly’, Ombudsman says.

Consultation on standards in private rented sector launched


Council chiefs have welcomed a consultation on improving standards in the private rented sector, but cautioned that councils should be sufficiently funded.

York reviews elderly care amid watchdog criticism


City of York Council has agreed to review its handling of an elderly care plan for a vulnerable couple after a rebuke from the sector’s ombudsman.

Ministers fail to act on calls to beef up standards


The Government has been accused of ‘willfully looking the other way’ on standards after failing to act on recommendations to beef up sanctions.

Standard boosting algorithm transparency launched


The Government today launched one of the world’s first national standard for algorithmic transparency which will impact councils using computer algorithms.

Liverpool puts forward improvement plan


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


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.

Liverpool mayor steps down amid police probe


Liverpool City Mayor Joe Anderson has stepped down from his post following his arrest last week.

MHCLG demands updates after Liverpool mayor arrest


Government officials have written to the chief executive of Liverpool City Council demanding updates on its governance after the arrest of the city’s mayor last week.

Liverpool mayor believed to be one of five arrested in police investigation


Liverpool City Council Mayor Joe Anderson is believed to be one of five people arrested as part of an ‘ongoing investigation’, local newspaper reports have claimed.

Union calls for Sanctuary Care homes to be brought ‘back in-house’


Unite is urging councils who have contracts with Sanctuary Care to bring them ‘in-house’ after a criminal investigation was launched into one of its homes.

Council makes 'significant progress' after standards issues


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

Call for power to ban councillors


Council standards boards should have the power to ban councillors for up to six months without allowances, the Committee on Standards in Public Life has recommended.

Don't dump the rule book under pressure, ombudsman warns councils


Councils have been warned not to let budget squeezes and disruption caused by change programmes to land them in trouble with the Ombudsman.

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