Ann McGauran

Unleash wave of mayoral devo, says think tank

20/06/2022

A report from the centre right Onward think tank has urged the Government to step back from ‘micromanaging’ England’s cities and counties and unleash a wave of mayoral devolution.

EXCLUSIVE: Government 'risks battle' on moving districts' functions without consent

17/05/2022

Districts will push to change the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill to ensure their functions cannot move to new combined county authorities (CCAs) without their consent, The MJ understands.

Centre has 'poor understanding' of what works on local growth, says NAO expert

16/05/2022

A large proportion of government spending is ‘not robustly evaluated’ and there is poor understanding by the centre about which approaches to local economic growth work best, says an expert from the National Audit Office.

ADASS: More than half a million people now waiting for social care

13/05/2022

Over half a million people are waiting for social care and there has been a dramatic increase in the number of hours of home care that could not be delivered.

Queen's speech: Government brings back measures to stop protestors 'locking on'

10/05/2022

Boris Johnson’s government will bring back measures thrown out by the House of Lords in January to stop protesters ‘locking on’ to infrastructure.

Call for national review of children's mental health services

07/04/2022

The new president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has called for a post-pandemic national review of children’s mental health services.

Tens of thousands fewer children could avoid going into council care

09/03/2022

Tens of thousands of young people could avoid going into council care if services are reshaped under a new ‘optimised delivery model’ based on a family-focused way of delivering support, says a report.

Many of the poorest pensioners will face 'catastrophic' care costs

18/11/2021

Many of the poorest pensioners will pay the same for their care as richer people after the Government released more details of the new cap on home and care costs.

Budget 2021: More money for youth services and 'family hubs'

27/10/2021

A £560m cash injection for youth services and the funding of ‘family hubs’ in England to support children and parents have been confirmed in today’s Budget.

Age UK warns 10% council tax hike would still not fix care

15/10/2021

Charity Age UK has warned council tax would need to go up by another 10% next year just to allow social care to ‘stand still’.

Council tax could easily rise by 5% a year warn finance experts

06/10/2021

English councils will need billlions more from government and big tax rises to maintain services and pay for social care reforms, says new analysis published today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Public health grant cuts run counter to levelling up, say experts

05/10/2021

Real terms cuts to local public health work against levelling up and the Government must boost funding after years of underinvestment, say two leading health organisations.

Over a third of the most deprived areas will not benefit from Levelling Up Fund

25/08/2021

More than a third of England’s most deprived areas will not benefit from the Government’s £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund, according to new Salvation Army research released today.

Northern mayors wielding more power than devo deals suggest

16/08/2021

A hundred days after the May 2021 elections Northern mayors are wielding more power – particularly ‘soft’ power - than their devolution deals suggest, says new analysis.

Commission calls for funding re-set for local government

20/07/2021

Local government needs a ‘funding floor’, set at an agreed percentage of national income, a report on the future of the sector has said.

Councils 'broadly support' focus of Health and Care Bill

06/07/2021

Councils ‘broadly support’ the focus of the Health and Care Bill introduced into Parliament on improving the health and wellbeing of the population, says the Local Government Association (LGA).

LGiU report calls for a local government-led Building Back Better commission

16/06/2021

A local government-led Building Back Better commission should be part of a new place settlement after the pandemic, a new report from the LGiU think-tank has urged.

Queen's Speech: No funding pledge on social care reform

11/05/2021

The Queen’s Speech fell short of including a Social Care Bill and there was no pledge on funding.

Gazing up at the future of community power

29/04/2021

Following on from a three-day event in March, New Local's Building Stronger Things looked at how to put the ideas of the community paradigm into practice locally. Ann McGauran reports.

Children and families need £12.5bn over three years, says new ADCS president

22/04/2021

The growing number of children and families who need support 'to thrive, not just survive in the wake of the pandemic' will need investment of around £12.5bn over three years, says England's new children’s services chief.

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