Martin Ford

‘Golden opportunity’ to end rough sleeping

22/05/2020

The Government has been urged to commit £100m to councils in a bid to end rough sleeping in England.

Coronavirus bereavement scheme extended to social care workers

21/05/2020

The families of migrant care workers who have fallen victim to COVID-19 will be allowed to remain in the country indefinitely.

Rejection for two out of three garden communities in Essex

21/05/2020

Proposals for two new garden communities put forward by three district councils have been rejected by the Planning Inspectorate.

Local government pay summit to go ahead

30/03/2020

Negotiators hope to keep local government pay discussions on track despite the difficulties posed by the coronavirus crisis.

Councils close buildings and cancel meetings in response to coronavirus outbreak

16/03/2020

Councils have closed, events and meetings have been cancelled and some politicians are in self-isolation in a bid to stem the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic.

Government postpones council elections

13/03/2020

Local government elections due to take place on 7 May have been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Electoral Commission calls for autumn polls

12/03/2020

May’s local elections should be postponed until the autumn, the Electoral Commission has said.

Budget 2020: Flood-hit areas to share £200m defence fund

11/03/2020

The money will go to 25 areas based on criteria including repeated flooding.

Flybe collapse hits council-owned airports

05/03/2020

The airline entered administration this morning, leading to the grounding of all flights.

North disproportionately hit by housing cutbacks - research

19/02/2020

Increased funding and investment in planning skills are required to reverse disproportionate cuts to councils in the north of England, according to research published today.

Borough seeking unitary status sparks spending row

03/02/2020

A row over council spending has broken out between a county council and a borough authority that is seeking unitary status.

Sector presses for further action on cladding

21/01/2020

Building safety reforms billed as the ‘biggest change for a generation’ do not go far enough to clamp down on potentially dangerous cladding, councils argued this week.

Kettering to create town council

20/01/2020

A new town council is to be created as part of local government reorganisation in Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire unitaries to save £86m

09/01/2020

Local government reorganisation in Northamptonshire will cost just over £40m, according to the early official estimates.

Retro-fitting councils around the 21st century

09/01/2020

The MJ and BT recently conducted a survey of local authority directors to find out how they believe 5G will affect their organisations. The conclusions formed part of the discussion at a round table debate on how the new technology will impact local public services. Martin Ford reports.

Recognition for chiefs in New Year Honours list

02/01/2020

Chief executives in Bradford, Harrogate, Leeds, and the chief executive officer of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy are among those to have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

NHS business rates claim rejected by High Court

12/12/2019

Councils have successfully defended a claim for billions of pounds of tax relief for NHS trusts.

London borough rejects insourcing children’s services

11/12/2019

Kingston LBC had considered returning services from a wholly-owned company when their contract ends in 2021.

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.

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The power of local systems to save lives

Councils and their partners could do even more to contain the spread of COVID-19 if properly funded to undertake a robust localised system of testing, tracking and tracing, argues Professor Donna Hall.
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