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Wiltshire Council withdraws £20m plans to close special schools and reopens consultation

26.03.19: Wiltshire Council has announced it is extending its consultation on controversial plans to restructure its special education services and has withdrawn its decision to close three special schools. A group of families in Wiltshire had taken... more >

South Yorkshire leaders make breakthrough in £30m devolution deal

26.03.19: The four South Yorkshire council leaders and mayor Dan Jarvis have announced a “breakthrough” in the stalled devolution deal for Sheffield City Region. After “years of impasse” the local leaders have “reached a... more >

Council leader reinstated after online Tommy Robinson comments amid Tory Islamophobia row

26.03.19: The Conservative council leader who was suspended for sharing a message supporting far-right activist Tommy Robinson has now been re-instated by the Conservatives after a 13-day suspension. Andrew Bowles, the leader of Swale Council for 16... more >

Birmingham City Council accused of ‘unprecedented levels of financial incompetence’ after receiving its third auditor warning

25.03.19: Birmingham City Council has been accused of “unprecedented levels of financial incompetence” after it received its third auditor warning in four years. Finance and governance director Clive Heaphy confirmed that the council had... more >

First minister promises rules review after Caerphilly council’s six-year £4m pay row

25.03.19: A six-year pay dispute between councillors at Caerphilly County Borough Council at a cost of £4m will mean the rules around senior council officers’ pay in Wales will be changed, first minister Mark Drakeford has said. Drakeford... more >

RBS to wind down £1bn worth of controversial LOBO loans by end of the year

25.03.19: The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is attempting to wind down the remainder of around £1bn in controversial LOBO bank loans. Seven local authorities announced in February that they were suing Barclays over a combined £500m of the... more >

Essex council announces £1bn construction deal

22.03.19: An Essex council has announced a £1bn contract in a joint venture to regenerate council sites and deliver new homes and commercial facilities. Brentwood Borough Council has named Morgan Sindall as its partner for the Limited Liability... more >

Council to pull out of government schools improvement body over rising costs and ‘major concerns’ over poor management

22.03.19: A Welsh council is to pull out of a government-run schools improvement scheme over concerns about how it is run and fears that the quadrupling of costs could threaten jobs at the local authority. Neath Port Talbot Council will, subject to a... more >

Councils' legal challenge against Buckinghamshire merger process rejected

22.03.19: An application from three district councils for a judicial review of the merger plans to create a single unitary council for Buckinghamshire has failed. South Buckinghamshire, Chiltern and Wycombe councils have been informed that their appl... more >

Local income tax could give councils billions in extra funding, IFS report reveals

21.03.19: A ‘local income tax’ could provide councils in the UK with an extra £6bn a year per 1% in order to help them meet rising costs and rising demands, economists have suggested. A report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies (I... more >

Commissioners report that Northamptonshire’s finances have ‘improved considerably’ but still risk ahead

21.03.19: The two government-appointed commissioners have reported that Northamptonshire County Council’s financial position has “improved considerably” and its budget plans for next year are “robust and realistic.” The... more >

Watchdog urges Scottish councils to make ‘fundamental changes’ to meet shifting demands

21.03.19: Scottish councils have been urged to make “fundamental, transformational changes” to how frontline services are designed and delivered and said that the “pace of change needs to improve.” A report from the Accounts C... more >

Local government employment hits ‘new record low’

20.03.19: Local government employment has slumped to a “new record low,” official figures have revealed. The number of people employed in local government dropped to 2.04 million in December 2018, a drop of 44,000 staff (2.1%) from Decemb... more >

Northamptonshire CC to ask for DfE for more time over controversial early years funding cuts

20.03.19: Northamptonshire County Council is to ask the government for extra time to find a solution to its early years funding deficit after proposals for nearly £2m of cuts faced a backlash from residents. The cash-strapped council had propos... more >

Gang of council officers given 17-year total jail sentence after stealing more than £1m from three London authorities

20.03.19: A group of corrupt council workers who invented welfare claims to steal more than £1m from three London councils have been sentenced to prison for a total of 17 years. The seven benefit assessors worked at Lambeth, Kingston, and Barki... more >

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The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

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Councils Can: LGA launches Spending Review campaign

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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 >