Martin Ford

Future Forum North: Rotherham flood response hampered by scandal

06/12/2019

The child abuse scandal in Rotherham continues to cast a long shadow over the work of the council - even affecting its work to tackle last month’s flooding.

Bed delays to hit 2.5m days since last election

04/12/2019

More than 2.5m bed days will have been lost in the NHS due to a lack of social care since the last General Election, new analysis has concluded.

Nine in 10 care directors concerned at winter pressures

27/11/2019

More than 90% of adult care directors are concerned at their ability to cope with winter pressures or provider failure, a survey has found.

Bristol accused of 'abject failure' over SEND care plans

26/11/2019

An overhaul of services for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is under way at Bristol City Council, after it failed to meet deadlines for families applying for support.

No starter homes have been built yet, investigation finds

05/11/2019

None of the Government’s planned ‘starter homes’ have yet been built as legislation has not been implemented, a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.

Victims in the line of fire

24/10/2019

Local government monitoring officers are increasingly being caught in power struggles between senior officers and are becoming targets for politicians. How should the problem be tackled? Martin Ford reports

Queen's Speech 19: Devolution White Paper to set out 'structural reform'

14/10/2019

An English devolution White Paper is planned by the Government, it has been confirmed in the Queen’s Speech.

Call for dedicated social care appeals

10/10/2019

Fewer than one in five councils have a dedicated appeals process for social care, according to new research.

Living wage boost would benefit hundreds of thousands of council staff

08/10/2019

Workers stand to gain from politicians' pledges to increase the National Living Wage.

Nine in 10 complaints about SEND provision upheld by Ombudsman

03/10/2019

The Ombudsman is receiving more complaints about education, health and care plans (EHCP) than ever before – and the vast majority are being upheld.

Waste strategy places 'needless burden' on councils, MPs warn

05/09/2019

The waste strategy proposed by the Government has come under fire from MPs amid concerns about the burden it could impose upon local authorities.

Spending Round 2019: Chancellor pledges £1.5bn 'down payment' for social care

04/09/2019

Councils will have access to £1.5bn of new funding for social care next year, the chancellor has announced.

Hackney to take developer to court

02/09/2019

A London borough is preparing to take legal action against a developer over fire safety fears in a block of flats.

Portsmouth’s energy firm sale falls through

29/08/2019

Portsmouth City Council has admitted defeat in its search for a buyer for its energy company.

£450m flagship regeneration project scrapped

28/08/2019

Southampton City Council has terminated an agreement for a multi-million pound regeneration project.

Scottish councils face up to £59m planning costs

28/08/2019

The Planning Act could cost councils in Scotland up to £59m over the next 10 years in new burdens.

Formal dispute opened by union at Northamptonshire

13/08/2019

A trade union has lodged a dispute with Northamptonshire CC.

Government activates emergency funds for flood-hit councils

12/08/2019

The Government has activated an emergency fund for councils affected by flooding.

280,000 approved homes not completed

09/08/2019

The number of planning permissions granted far outweighs the number of completions, according to new research.

Council warned to reduce or replace property portfolio by auditors

06/08/2019

Audit Scotland has told a council that it has 'limited time' to curb spending before its reserves run out.

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Challenging rateable values

Roger Messenger calls on councils to assess their entire property portfolio and identify every business rate exemption or relief they may be entitled to.
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