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Herefordshire children’s services to be reviewed in wake of ‘appalling’ High Court rulings on ‘serious and serial’ failings

21.01.19: Children’s services at Herefordshire Council are to be reviewed following an extraordinary council meeting in the wake of two “appalling” High Court rulings which found the services were failing children “on a serious and... more >

Liverpool council to hire 160 new staff in ‘unprecedented’ investment in children’s social care

21.01.19: Liverpool City Council has pledged to hire 160 new staff as part of an £8m restructuring in a “radical new approach” its children’s social care services. Under its budget proposals for 2019-20, the council wants to h... more >

Edinburgh council proposes slashing budget by £41m with up to 300 jobs set to go

21.01.19: Up to 300 jobs could be cut from Edinburgh City Council as it announces “an unprecedented level of cuts to services” in a bid to cut £41m from next year’s budget. Museums, public toilets, and residential care could a... more >

Cabinet member resigns over Birmingham council’s ‘declaration of war’ against staff unions in long-running bins dispute

18.01.19: Birmingham City Council is seeking a court injunction against refuse workers striking against fortnightly rubbish collections, sparking the cabinet member for clean streets, waste and recycling to resign in protest. Majid Mahmood, a member... more >

Liverpool City Region mayor proposes ‘metro mayor tax’ to deliver priorities, one year after ruling it out

18.01.19: Liverpool City Region (LCR) mayor Steve Rotheram has proposed a new ‘metro mayor tax’ a year after ruling out such a move as he unveils his key priorities for the combined authority’s budget. The extra charge on this year&... more >

Deal struck in historic 12-year equal pay dispute with Glasgow City Council

18.01.19: An agreement has been reached over the long-running and bitter dispute over equal pay at Glasgow City Council, which will see thousands of female council workers receive pay-outs worth an estimated £500m. Unions and legal representati... more >

Welsh councils ‘needs to get a grip’ as number of authorities with significant financial weakness rises

17.01.19: “Unacceptable and worrying” levels of financial mismanagement have been found at town and city councils across Wales, as the national auditor general reveals “significant weaknesses” in the auditing processes of the count... more >

Blog: 5 minutes with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partnership.

17.01.19: Ahead of next month’s EvoNorth event we caught up with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partnership. Dr Tracy Vell MBE shares her thoughts on the Northern Power... more >

Birmingham City Council’s children’s social care services avoids ‘inadequate’ rating

17.01.19: Birmingham City Council’s children’s social care services have broken a decade of ‘inadequate’ ratings after Ofsted inspectors recognised standards have been revitalised since the launch of the council’s Birmingham... more >

Top 5 reasons why you should claim your free EvoNorth delegate pass today

17.01.19: If you're looking to find out what's happening in the Northern Powerhouse, make new connections, and share innovative ways of working, confirm your attendance for EvoNorth on 27 - 28 Feb 2019. 1 - You'll gain an invaluable insight into what's... more >

Oxfordshire County Council moves forward with £50m-savings transformation plan which could see 900 jobs lost

17.01.19: Transformational plans for Oxfordshire County Council could see 890 jobs lost in a bid to save £50m, as councillors meet today to discuss the proposed savings and the implications. Last August the county council proposed a “comp... more >

Mayor-elect quits over controversy surrounding wife’s involvement in TV executive murder case

16.01.19: The mayor-elect of the London Borough of Redbridge has dramatically withdrawn his nomination after it emerged that his wife was involved in the brutal killing of a TV executive. Varinder Singh-Bola, mayor-elect of Redbridge, announced that... more >

Moray Council ‘could be the first’ in Scotland to declare bankruptcy

16.01.19: Fears of bankruptcy and government commissioners “are growing louder” at Moray Council as the authority struggles to find ways to cut a further £8.1m from next year’s budget. Money-saving measures already agreed by t... more >

Ombudsman slams Norfolk County Council over failings in special needs provision cases with compensation paid out

16.01.19: The local government ombudsman has reprimanded Norfolk County Council over its provision for children with special educational needs (SEN) after upholding 11 complaints against the council in the last two years. The ombudsman said the numbe... more >

Newham council to set up commission into ‘astonishing failures’ amid £9m fraud allegations

15.01.19: Newham LBC is establishing a wide-ranging commission to review its financial management in the wake of “astonishing failures of system controls” in a £9m fraud claim against its repair division. The council’s mayor R... 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 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 >