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LGA calls for government to close funding gap to prevent falls among older people

20.03.18: Extra government funding for councils to increase their falls prevention strategies would reduce hospital admissions, according to the LGA. Falls cost the NHS more than £2bn a year, and the number of hospital admissions of an older person... more >

London City Hall’s progress with closing gender pay gap ‘barely noticeable’

20.03.18: The Greater London Authority (GLA) continues to have a significant gender pay gap, new data has revealed. According to the latest figures, the GLA Group has a gender pay gap due to a lack of women in senior roles. Yesterday saw the publicati... more >

Council tax should be scrapped due to inequality in current system, say experts

20.03.18: Council tax should be abolished as it is too similar to poll tax, according to a new report, published today. ‘Home Affairs,’ by the Resolution Foundation, argues that council tax functions like poll tax, which it was introduced to... more >

Khan commits £600,000 to ‘tackle barriers to social integration’

19.03.18: The mayor of London has committed to a new £600,000 integration strategy, which will specifically look at bringing young people and families close to the community. Sadiq Khan launched the new measures earlier this week in response to... more >

Parliament considers giving councils new powers to punish ‘unscrupulous’ rogue landlords

19.03.18: Councils could receive tough new powers to punish rogue landlords, with measures set to go in front of Parliament today. Under the new laws, those found in breach of overcrowding and living conditions regulations would be subject to fines a... more >

Britain’s longest serving mayor deselected in favour of Momentum-backed candidate

19.03.18: The Labour mayor of the London Borough of Newham has been deselected by his party after more than two decades in the role. Sir Robin Wales, the current longest serving mayor in Britain, will be replaced by Rokhsana Fiaz, who is backed by ma... more >

‘More to be done’ to build public confidence in reporting suspected child abuse

16.03.18: More than two in five adults who have worried about the welfare of a child have not reported their concerns, new research has revealed. In a recent survey, over a quarter of adults said that they had been concerned about the welfare, neglect, o... more >

Over a quarter of secondary schools in deficit

16.03.18: The proportion of local authority maintained secondary schools in deficit has nearly trebled in four years, a new report has revealed. ‘School funding pressures in England,’ published today by the Education Policy Institute, found t... more >

‘Wholly unacceptable’ that central gov does not have clear answer to benefits of LEPs

16.03.18: The Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GCGP LEP) is the latest example of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) devolving powers to LEPs in a manner “characterised by both complex... more >

Leader resigns after Whitehall report calls for failing council to be split up

16.03.18: The leader of Northamptonshire County Council has announced her resignation after a government report recommended the impoverished authority should be split into two smaller unitary councils. Heather Smith said it “wasn’t an eas... more >

Oldham Council launches search for partner in £350m Masterplan

15.03.18: Oldham Council is to launch its search or a development partner to deliver its £350m Town Centre Masterplan. The northern council will start its procurement exercise this summer, subject to cabinet approval on 26 March, to secure a partne... more >

Javid pinpoints five authorities with integration plan

15.03.18: The housing, communities and local government secretary has set out ambitious trials across five British councils, to tackle the root causes of poor integration in Britain. Over the next two years, Sajid Javid has committed £50m to the In... more >

West Midlands council calls on Whitehall for child sexual abuse inquiry

15.03.18: A West Midlands council leader has called on the Home Office to conduct an independent investigation into child sex exploitation after a series of shocking allegations came to light in recent days. Telford and Wrekin Council leader Shaun Da... more >

Council complaints ‘masked’ by ‘complexity’ of outsourcing arrangements

14.03.18: Councils cannot outsource the responsibility for the services they provide, the local government and social care ombudsman (LGO) has clarified. Giving evidence to the public administration and constitutional affairs committee this week, Michael... more >

Hammond invites bids for £840m of ‘essential’ transport cash

14.03.18: Philip Hammond has invited proposals from cities across England for the remaining £840m from the £1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund, announced in the Autumn Budget. The cash will help local authorities to deliver on their local transpo... 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 >