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Government shortfall on housing benefit could hit councils

17.10.17: A recent study has suggested that the government’s latest plans to cap mental health supported housing provision could come £80 a week short of what is needed. Charity Rethink Mental Illness said that in five out of six case stu... more >

NAHT urges Westminster to confront school budget crisis

17.10.17: The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) is imploring the government to begin serious work on school budgets. The independent union has sent letters to every single MP setting out four reasons for school funding being at a “br... more >

‘Several notable procurement failures’ highlighted by auditor in Wales

17.10.17: A report on public procurement in Wales has found that there is “clear scope for improvement” on how authorities procure services at a national and local level. Last year, Welsh public bodies spent around £6bn on procureme... more >

WYCA makes ‘ambitious but deliverable’ £200m devolution bid

16.10.17: The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has submitted a £200m bid to the government seeking funding for public services and greater devolution in the region. The Autumn Budget submission includes calls for a £100m investmen... more >

Council pays out £3.5m to workers in major equal wage ruling

16.10.17: St Helens Council has been ordered to pay £3.5m in equal payment claims by the Employment Tribunal. The case has been ongoing for a number of years, going through the Employment Appeal Tribunal before the council chose not to take pro... more >

Council housing companies driving ‘quiet revolution’ in local building

16.10.17: A “quiet revolution” in council housebuilding could see homes built by local authority housing companies (LHCs) deliver up to 15,000 extra homes a year by 2022. In a new report published today by the Smith Institute, it has been... more >

IFS: Rent increases disproportionately affect low-income households

13.10.17: Low-income households are disproportionately affected by rent increases, an analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has revealed. The number of people living in private rented accommodation in Britain has more than doubled since the... more >

Information of 1,400 vulnerable people spilled online by council

13.10.17: West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has launched an investigation after mistakenly publishing the details of 1,400 vulnerable people online. The data was published as part of the council’s practice of disclosing all spending above &poun... more >

New £3.8m to tackle GM homelessness ‘insignificant’ within whole system

13.10.17: A £3.8m fund has been handed to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) by prime minster Theresa May to go towards tackling the growing homelessness problem in the area. In a flash visit to Manchester only a week after the Co... more >

Number of children in care climbs to record high, LGA warns

12.10.17: Councils have revealed that there is a record number of children in care right now, with 90 a day entering the system last year. The LGA says figures show 72,670 children in the care system in 2016/17 compared with 70,440 the year before, r... more >

LGiU moots ‘Mayors’ Senate’ to drive city devolution agenda

12.10.17: The Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) has called for greater powers to be given to city leaders and city regions, arguing that “democracy is at a crossroads.” In a new report released today, the group argues that councils... more >

Council sacks employee who helped 21-7 terrorist escape London

12.10.17: A Southwark Council worker who helped one of the 21/7 London terrorists escape the capital has been sacked. Mulumebet Girma was employed as a trainee assistant at the council in 2013, but was removed from her position when her role in the p... more >

Key council services to receive £4.2bn boost in Wales

11.10.17: Welsh local authorities will receive £4.2bn to spend on key services in 2018-19, it has been confirmed. Announcing the provisional settlement, Mark Drakeford, local government secretary, explained that his priority is to try to protect co... more >

LGO scolds county council for disadvantaging foster children in area

11.10.17: Warwickshire County Council has today been criticised by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) after it was revealed that the families of foster children were having to fund school transport. The investigation found that foster p... more >

Council to take over building that failed post-Grenfell safety tests

11.10.17: A tower block that failed safety tests following the Grenfell Tower tragedy is to be taken over by Slough Borough Council. The council has confirmed that it is to take over the freehold of the building, with detailed negotiations to take pl... more >

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Tower Hamlets taking steps to reverse the decline of LGBT+ venues

16/10/2017Tower Hamlets taking steps to reverse the decline of LGBT+ venues

Tower Hamlets council has recently confirmed that the former site of a popular gay bar, the Joiners Arms, must include an LGBT+ club for the next 25 years. Many people wi... more >
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14/08/2017Time for reflection

A lot has happened since the last edition of PSE was published. In particular, the snap general election delivered an astounding result that many of the pollsters and political experts could not have predicted when Theresa May initially called for it back in April. Chris Painter, Professor Emeritus at Birmingham City University, provides a fascinating analysis of the campaign, and assesses the aftermath of the election on pages 26-28. It is a must-read article.  During the... read more >