Sam Clayden

Call for business rates to be scrapped

04/07/2018

Business rates should be scrapped and local authorities should be handed a swathe of new powers to revitalise struggling town centres, a major new review has urged.

NHS crisis for its 70th

31/05/2018

In little over a month, the NHS will turn 70. Not long after that, the Government is expected to publish a green paper on health and social care.

Report demands new accountability powers for local government

26/02/2018

Academics have demanded a raft of tools to enable local government to hold to account the ‘chaotic network’ of agencies involved in providing public services.

Children's services: Improving under pressure

09/02/2018

Amid a crisis in children's services, Sam Clayden looks at the range of tools currently on trial for improving service delivery.

Call for Javid to resign after 'misleading' House of Commons

06/02/2018

Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has demanded the resignation of his counterpart Sajid Javid after the minister admitted he knew the data behind the provisional finance settlement was wrong.

Committees launch joint inquiry on long-term care funding

24/01/2018

A pair of Commons select committees has joined forces to launch an inquiry on the long-term funding and provision of adult social care.

Children's services in Norfolk no longer need intervention

19/01/2018

Norfolk County Council’s beleaguered children’s services no longer require intervention after Ofsted found the council has now improved.

Council leaders demand end to pay cap

07/12/2017

Nearly 100 council leaders have written to the chancellor demanding extra funding for workers and an end to the public sector pay cap.

Budget 2017: New devo deals for WMCA and North of Tyne

22/11/2017

The chancellor has pledged to ‘back’ the Northern Powerhouse, the Midlands Engine and elected mayors as he announced a pack of new devolution deals.

Budget 2017: London to retain all local business rate growth

22/11/2017

London local government will be able to keep all its business rates growth as part of a 100% retention pilot.

'Landmark' health and social care devolution deal agreed for London

15/11/2017

National and local leaders have signed a ‘landmark’ devolution deal for health and social care in London.

Rebuilding lives and trust after Grenfell?

26/10/2017

Four months after the Grenfell fire tragedy, many survivors remain without a permanent home and the council’s relationship with residents remains severed. Sam Clayden quizzes Kensington & Chelsea RLBC leader Elizabeth Campbell on the borough’s progress.

Councils facing fines of up to £280,000 for delayed transfers sanctions

11/10/2017

A new survey has revealed that 16 councils were fined for delayed transfers of care in 2016/17, a move branded as ‘frankly bizarre’ by the country’s most senior care director.

Local government told to boost reserves

13/09/2017

Should councils ignore government pressure to trim down their cash reserves? Sam Clayden investigates.

Local authorities join the jobs rush

17/08/2017

Sam Clayden explores some of the exciting new job roles being formed in local government.

Rising from the ashes

03/08/2017

Who is behind the new Grenfell Taskforce, and what has it been set up to achieve? Sam Clayden reports.

Sector chiefs’ warning of hollowed out Whitehall

27/07/2017

Senior sector figures this week called for clarity amid escalating concerns Whitehall is too stretched to tackle critical financial sustainability issues.

Government confirms talks over second West Midlands devolution deal

25/07/2017

Business secretary Greg Clark has suggested the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is on the brink of striking a second devolution deal with Whitehall.

Government urged to sort out ‘messy and muddled’ policies

08/06/2017

The next government needs to provide a ‘strategic direction’ for councils currently operating in a ‘very messy and muddled policy environment,’ a think-tank boss has urged.

New mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough sets out 100-day vision

12/05/2017

A string of new transport and infrastructure proposals have been unveiled by the new mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in his 100-day manifesto.

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This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

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