South Tyneside Council could be lumped with £7.6m PFI bill if closure of ‘inadequate’ school goes ahead

16.11.18: A South Shields council could be burdened with a massive £7.6m PFI bill if a poorly-rated secondary school in the area is forced to close, it has been revealed. South Tyneside Council is facing the prospect of South Shields School, ra...

Council to axe finance director as part of bid to plug £35m budget shortfall

16.11.18: Staffordshire County Council is to cut its own senior leadership team as the authority tries to tackle a £35m funding gap in its budget. The number of directors on its leadership team will be cut from five to four with Andy Burns, the...

Cumbria council mulls over plans for major ‘one-stop-shop’ local government reshuffle

16.11.18: Council members at Cumbria County Council debated yesterday the possibility of abolishing their current local government structure in favour of a much larger, single unitary council in its place. At the council meeting in Kendal yesterday...

Northamptonshire County Council: Another commissioner on the way after huge decline in children’s services

15.11.18: Communities secretary James Brokenshire has decided to appoint an additional commissioner to the team already in place at Northamptonshire County Council as a result of Ofsted’s latest inspection, which concluded that children’s serv...

Bristol City Council declares ‘climate emergency’ and backs total carbon neutrality by 2030

15.11.18: Bristol City Council has declared a “climate emergency” and has unanimously backed a commitment to make the city carbon neutral by 2030. In its latest Full Council meeting, Green councillor Carla Denyer put forward the motion to...

‘No easy options left’: Suffolk council proposes cutting jobs and services to save £11m in 2019

15.11.18: Suffolk County Council is set to cut service spending and jobs as part of an £11.2m savings package in its proposed budget for 2019-20. The proposals will be examined by the council’s scrutiny committee next week, but if accepte...

Westminster council to ban supersize homes to make room for more affordable housing

14.11.18: Westminster City Council is to ban new supersized properties to free up space to build more affordable homes for “real people” as it sets out its 2040 vision for housing. The council said it would restrict new-build homes that e...

Ministers unveil new housing court proposals to speed up landlord and tenant justice

14.11.18: James Brokenshire has unveiled proposals for a new ‘housing court’ to enable landlords and tenants to receive faster and more effective justice in settling property disputes. The designated court, according to the communities se...

Government must plug £3.6bn social care funding gap with tax rise, councils say

14.11.18: The government urgently needs to raise taxes to plug the £3.6bn funding gap in adult social care and must address this in its delayed social care green paper, the LGA has said. Councils blamed “years of significant underfunding&...

Northamptonshire County Council slashes deficit by £10m, but services in ‘significant decline’

13.11.18: Savings made by the financially-challenged Northamptonshire County Council have reduced the local authority’s overall deficit by more than £10m since a section 114 notice was issued to the council in July this year. Council boar...

Ofsted gives damning report on Northants’ children’s services amidst financial uncertainty

13.11.18: Ofsted has written to Northamptonshire County Council after an inspection found that its children’s services had declined “significantly” in the last two years “against a backdrop of recent financial uncertainty.” ...

Long-time Surrey County Council leader David Hodge to stand down

12.11.18: The leader of Surrey County Council David Hodge is to step down from the top job. In a statement released today, Cllr Hodge said it has been “an honour and a privilege” to lead the council since 2011, during a time that saw the...

Newcastle City Council to cut 100 jobs in the face of £60m funding hole

12.11.18: Newcastle City Council has announced it will cut 100 jobs as the authority reveals it needs to make £60m in savings over the next three years to balance its budget. The city council has proposed raising council tax by 2.95% and implem...

Housing minister confirms £22m for councils to support domestic abuse survivors

12.11.18: Housing minister Heather Wheeler MP has announced £22m funding for more than 60 projects across England for councils to help support domestic abuse survivors and their families. The money will go towards rebuilding the lives of over 2...

Scottish council strikes loom as local government union rejects 3% pay offer

12.11.18: Scottish local government members have voted to reject a 3% pay rise from COSLA as Unison moves towards the possibility of a council pay strike. Unison said its members voted overwhelmingly against the offer, with two-thirds of local govern...

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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 feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >

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New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

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