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Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

18.10.18: Lancashire County Council (LCC) has awarded a controversial £104m healthcare contract to Virgin Care for the second time after a hearing in the High Court ordered a re-evaluation of the decision. The contract to run LCC’s Health...

Twelve councils given first share of £400m fund to remove unsafe tower block cladding

18.10.18: The government has released the first £248m share of funding for councils to start removing unsafe cladding from their high-rise tower blocks. Twelve local authorities and 31 housing associations have been told that they will receive...

Nottingham council in HS2 partnership to deliver ‘once in a generation’ opportunity

18.10.18: Nottingham County Council has agreed to go into partnership with a regeneration specialist to prepare the region for the new East Midlands HS2 station. Nottinghamshire’s selection as the location of the East Midlands HS2 rail hub offe...

‘Rudderless’ Gloucester council in ‘crisis of leadership’ after fourth director quits

18.10.18: Gloucestershire County Council has been described as being “rudderless” and in a “crisis of leadership” after the resignation of its fourth director in a year. The strategic director for finance Jo Walker has announc...

Councillors approve plans for HS2 transformation at Leeds Station

17.10.18: Councillors have endorsed a “milestone” plan to transform Leeds station in preparation for HS2 arriving in the area. The Leeds City Council executive board approved the strategic outline business case, the detailed transformatio...

Scandal-hit Conservative council elects Labour leader

16.10.18: Labour have managed to take control of a Conservative-led council following an “internal war” among the Tory councillors, with Labour and the Liberal Democrats managing to form a minority administration. South Ribble Borough Cou...

Protesters gather as councillors meet to discuss mass children’s centre closures

15.10.18: Demonstrators and parents have gathered outside County Hall in Norwich to protest against planned mass children’s centre closures as Norfolk County Council meet to discuss the proposals. The council is currently undergoing public cons...

'Pioneer' Wigan Council CEO announces retirement

15.10.18: The chief executive of Wigan Council Donna Hall CBE has announced her retirement, after winning national acclaim for forging a new model of local government during her eight years in charge. Politicians and senior figures from across the bo...

Study shows English councils suffering ‘territorial injustice’ from government spending cuts

15.10.18:  Research from Cambridge University has revealed that English councils have been hit twice as hard as councils in Scotland and Wales by spending cuts. The analysis found that local authorities in England have suffered an average spendi...

Is fair funding possible, or pie in the sky?

15.10.18: David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, discusses the current health of local government finance, and how a better formula could help manage this situation. In recent months, my conversations with colleagues...

Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15.10.18: On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through the region in the first-ever Convention of the North. Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester an...

The Convention of the North

15.10.18: Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool City Region, discusses the findings of the very first Convention of the North, which was held in Newcastle on 6 September. The UK is the most politically centralised country in the Western world, and a...

Fracking to start in Lancashire after council wins High Court legal challenge

12.10.18: Fracking will restart in the UK for the first time in seven years on Saturday after campaigners lost a late legal challenge against Lancashire County Council (LCC). Cuadrilla said it was delighted to be given the go-ahead in High Court toda...

One Yorkshire: Leaders submit another devolution bid with promise of £30bn boost

12.10.18: Local leaders in Yorkshire have asked the government to assist with the delivery of a One Yorkshire devolution deal after a new study has revealed that there is a “coherent Yorkshire economy.” A devolution deal could reportedly...

Councils consider unitary bid in potential split from East Sussex local government

12.10.18: Eastbourne and Lewes councils have held talks about breaking away from the cash-strapped East Sussex County Council and forming an independent unitary authority. Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council have held an informal &l...

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Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

18/10/2018Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

Lancashire County Council (LCC) has awarded a controversial £104m healthcare contract to Virgin Care for the second time after a hearing in... more >
Twelve councils given first share of £400m fund to remove unsafe tower block cladding

18/10/2018Twelve councils given first share of £400m fund to remove unsafe tower block cladding

The government has released the first £248m share of funding for councils to start removing unsafe cladding from their high-rise tower bloc... more >
Nottingham council in HS2 partnership to deliver ‘once in a generation’ opportunity

18/10/2018Nottingham council in HS2 partnership to deliver ‘once in a generation’ opportunity

Nottingham County Council has agreed to go into partnership with a regeneration specialist to prepare the region for the new East Midlands HS2 st... more >

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25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this... read more >

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The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the o... more > more last word articles >
500 jobs could go as city council eyes 5% tax hike to tackle £28m deficit

11/10/2018500 jobs could go as city council eyes 5% tax hike to tackle £28m deficit

Up to 500 jobs are at risk at Wolverhampton and residents face a council tax rise of 4.99% in what has been described as “the most significant financial challenge the council has ever faced... more >
Government removes intervention in Tower Hamlets LBC

05/10/2018Government removes intervention in Tower Hamlets LBC

James Brokenshire has formally ended the government’s intervention in Tower Hamlets London Borough Council following “significant improvements” in a recent review. The Mini... more >

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What cities should become

15/10/2018What cities should become

Tom Leaver, project manager at Future Cities Catapult, examines the rationale behind the creation of the City Data Sharing Toolkit, and explores how this is driving a seismic shift in how cities evolve into our data-rich future. We’re used to big-screen sci-fi future cities being dystopian monoliths to everything wrong with the worl... more >
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Inspiring leadership in social value

15/10/2018Inspiring leadership in social value

We have learned a lot since the last National Social Value Conference, with many organisations both in the public and private sectors now embeddi... more >
Is fair funding possible, or pie in the sky?

15/10/2018Is fair funding possible, or pie in the sky?

David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, discusses the current health of local government finance, and how a bette... more >
Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... more >
The Convention of the North

15/10/2018The Convention of the North

Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool City Region, discusses the findings of the very first Convention of the North, which was held in Newcastle... more >

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Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... more >
Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

06/08/2018Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

Michael King first joined the Local Government Ombudsman service back in 2004 as deputy ombudsman. At the start of 2017, he was appointed as the ... more >
Helping a city understand itself

06/08/2018Helping a city understand itself

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The urban landscape is changing. How can local authorities keep up with citizen behaviour? Stephen Leece, managing directo... more >
Modern policing: the future is bright

06/08/2018Modern policing: the future is bright

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The public sector, and policing in particular, has often been criticised as being slow to adapt to change. But now, says L... more >

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