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District and borough authorities begin challenge against Nottinghamshire super-council

20.07.18: Gedling council members have emphatically outlined their stance against a potential mega-merger in Nottinghamshire that could see borough and district authorities being scrapped. Nottinghamshire County Council, who proceeded with a formal b...

Northamptonshire new CEO approved by Full Council to lead area through ‘unprecedented time of change’

20.07.18: Northamptonshire County Council’s new chief executive has been endorsed at the authority’s Full Council meeting yesterday, with the authority’s leader saying the new CEO “knows what she’s letting herself in for.&rdq...

‘Naming and shaming index’ for bankrupt councils fails to offer genuine solution

20.07.18: An index designed to measure councils’ financial resilience in order to avoid another Northamptonshire-style fiasco would actually risk oversimplifying complex issues without offering genuine solutions to authorities who are deemed to be f...

North west council to consider Court of Appeal decision on carer sleep-in payments

19.07.18: Cheshire East Council is to consider the implications of a Court of Appeal decision on sleep-in payments for carers. The announcement comes following a successful appeal by disabilities charity Mencap, which argued that a previous tribunal...

Haringey Council ditches £2bn housing partnership with private developer

19.07.18: Haringey Council has ditched plans for a £2bn collaboration with a property developer that could have brought over 6,000 homes to the area over the next 20 years. The council, who were labelled “negligent and in denial” ov...

Stronger powers granted to councils to tackle empty homes

19.07.18: Communities secretary James Brokenshire has officially granted councils across England with enhanced powers to charge greater tax premiums on empty homes following an amendment to a government bill. Councils will be allowed to triple the co...

One step closer to voter IDs at elections

19.07.18: Chloe Smith MP, Minister for the Constitution, evaluates the outcomes of the voter ID pilots conducted at the last local elections. We are one step closer to strengthening the integrity of our electoral system through requiring electors to...

London council leader and CEO step down due to potential ‘conflict of interest’ in Capita deal

18.07.18: The chief executive and leader of a London Borough council have resigned from their positions due to a potential conflict of interest created by a Regional Enterprise deal with Capita. Council leader Richard Cornelius and CEO John Hooton of...

London council deficit more than doubles to hit reds ‘of an order never seen previously’

18.07.18: A local authority has more than doubled its financial deficit largely due to an overspend in children’s services “of an order never seen previously” in the area, board papers show. In a cabinet meeting, Lewisham Council re...

Major London council lambasted by independent QC report over failed £40m investment into London Stadium

18.07.18: A scathing new inquiry into Newham Borough Council’s investment of £40m to London Stadium has said the move was flawed because it did not ensure financial conditions for the investment would be met. The authority made the multim...

Banks sued by 15 major councils in controversial loans fraud court battle

17.07.18: Barclays is facing a legal battle over the issuing of controversial loans worth millions of pounds to major English councils. A High Court claim revealed by the Mail on Sunday found that 14 major local authorities including Bradford, Greate...

Council invests £23m in ‘secret’ housing deal to avoid London gazumping

17.07.18: Canterbury City Council has announced an investment of £23m in social housing in a deal that was conducted “behind the scenes” over fears of the deal being highjacked by wealthier London boroughs. The council will convert...

No section 114 for Somerset CC despite funding issues

17.07.18: A struggling south west authority will not issue a rare section 114 notice in spite of severe funding pressures. Somerset County Council, who were close to issuing the notice earlier this month – which would impose strict spending res...

Northumberland council hit with legal claim after firm racks up £13m delayed project bill

16.07.18: Northumberland County Council’s decision to scrap new housing proposals may have cost a developer more than £13m in planning permission costs. Newcastle-based property developer the Lugano Group was due to build the Dissington G...

Controversial bridge tolls will not be repaid by Merseyside council despite deemed 'illegal'

16.07.18: Controversial payments levied on users of a Merseyside bridge will not be repaid by its council in spite of a legal ruling deeming the fees to be illegal. Passengers using the Mersey Gateway Bridge have paid millions of pounds in £2 f...

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