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Councils could lose millions in utilities repayments after court ruling

04/12/2019

Local authorities could be facing repayments worth millions of pounds to council tenants in excess water charges, after a High Court ruling last week.

Unchaining social value

31/05/2019

A new report reveals some councils are building social value into their procurement – but that senior council decision makers must take more interest in securing broader benefits when commissioning services.

Spending Review should put aside £3bn for children's services say MPs

30/04/2019

The Government needs to release at least £3bn of non-ring-fenced funding to local authorities to save children’s services from the ‘crisis’ they are in, MPs have said.

Voter ID plans slammed as 'undemocratic'

30/04/2019

Mandatory voter ID requirements will seriously damage democracy, the Electoral Reform Society has warned again ahead of the local elections this week.

LGA urges chiefs to challenge children's services directors

03/04/2019

Chief executives should confront directors to ensure children’s services are well delivered, fresh guidance published by the Local Government Association (LGA) has suggested.

Commissioner appointed to oversee Blackpool's children's services

26/03/2019

Essex CC has been appointed to take over Blackpool Council’s children’s services after an Ofsted report last year found it was ‘inadequate’.

South Yorkshire devolution deadlock broken

25/03/2019

The years-long devolution stalemate in south Yorkshire has finally been resolved.

Councils warn £1bn is at risk of being returned to EU

15/10/2018

Nearly £1bn earmarked for local investment will be lost if the Government does not act soon, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Welsh councils warn of £344m funding gap for social care by 2022

19/04/2018

The funding gap in Welsh social services will jump by a whopping three-and-a half times by 2020-2021, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has warned.

York terminates £9m Interserve contract

10/04/2018

York City Council has terminated a £9m contract with Interserve to redevelop the historic Guildhall after it judged the firm’s cost estimates to be too high.

Government oversight of LEPs not good enough, MPs say

16/03/2018

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.

Havering selects Wates for £1bn scheme

13/03/2018

Havering LBC has announced construction firm Wates as its joint venture partner in a regeneration project being touted as London’s ‘biggest social housing regeneration’ scheme.

Javid backs single unitary council in Buckinghamshire

12/03/2018

Local government secretary Sajid Javid has backed a single unitary council for Buckinghamshire.

Councils deplore Government guidance after Grenfell

21/02/2018

The Government’s guidance on fire safety after the Grenfell Tower fire has been ‘mediocre,’ ‘contradictory,’ ‘disjointed’ or non-existent, councils have said in response to a Labour survey.

Unison calls for windfall tax on PFI corporations

19/02/2018

Trade union Unison has backed a Labour MP’s call for a windfall tax on private companies delivering public services.

£10m for Welsh councils to manage social care pressures

14/02/2018

Councils in Wales will be given £10m to manage social care winter pressures, the Welsh Government has confirmed.

Welsh Government moves ahead with vacant land tax

13/02/2018

The Welsh Government has decided to move forward with proposals for a vacant land tax to encourage regeneration and tackle the housing crisis.

Government fostering report calls for councils to work with agencies

07/02/2018

Collaboration between local authorities and the private sector would improve foster care for children, a new Government report has suggested.

Seven south Essex councils form 'association'

05/02/2018

Seven councils in south Essex have taken the ‘momentous’ decision to form an association to give the region a national voice.

Councils urged to form joint ventures with housing associations

02/02/2018

Local authorities should ‘seriously consider’ entering into joint venture partnerships with housing associations, a think-tank has urged.

Sharpening the commercial edge image

Sharpening the commercial edge

The case for well-managed council commercial activity is one that needs to be defended if we want a mature and sustainable local state, argues Jonathan Werran.
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