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Trafford names new CEO after Grant swaps northern council for Northamptonshire

20.11.18: The chief executive role at Trafford Council, which had been left vacant after former boss Theresa Grant stepped down in July when the Labour Party took control of the authority, has now been filled. Sara Todd, who is currently deputy chief...

Welsh council with ‘little choice’ but to cut services in the face of £10m deficit

19.11.18: A Welsh council is facing a £10.5m budget blackhole on top of millions of savings already planned, with the unfunded pay award for teachers one of the reasons behind the growing deficit. Vale of Glamorgan Council has set out its initi...

After backlash, Somerset council abandons plans to force staff to take unpaid Christmas leave

19.11.18: Somerset County Council has scrapped plans to force staff to take two days unpaid leave over Christmas. The cash strapped authority had planned for its employees to take unpaid leave between Christmas and New Year’s Day for the next t...

Council to axe finance director as part of bid to plug £35m budget shortfall

16.11.18: Staffordshire County Council is to cut its own senior leadership team as the authority tries to tackle a £35m funding gap in its budget. The number of directors on its leadership team will be cut from five to four with Andy Burns, the...

Newcastle City Council to cut 100 jobs in the face of £60m funding hole

12.11.18: Newcastle City Council has announced it will cut 100 jobs as the authority reveals it needs to make £60m in savings over the next three years to balance its budget. The city council has proposed raising council tax by 2.95% and implem...

Scottish council strikes loom as local government union rejects 3% pay offer

12.11.18: Scottish local government members have voted to reject a 3% pay rise from COSLA as Unison moves towards the possibility of a council pay strike. Unison said its members voted overwhelmingly against the offer, with two-thirds of local govern...

‘Dedicated and hugely talented’ councillors across the country win awards

07.11.18: Cllr Roger Lawrence of Wolverhampton Council has been named as Leader of the Year as members of local government up and down the country have been recognised in the 2018 Councillor Achievement Awards. The annual awards ceremony, organised b...

Innovating workforce productivity

05.11.18: Cllr Peter Fleming OBE, chair of the LGA’s Improvement & Innovation Board and leader of Sevenoaks District Council, looks at how technology can improve the productivity of public-sector workers. Across the country, councils have b...

Thousands of council staff to receive pay out after five-year legal battle

01.11.18: Greenwich council is to give a legal payout to thousands of members of staff following a five-year legal dispute over holiday pay. Part-time cleaners, teaching assistants, catering, admin workers, school meal workers and other staff –...

Glasgow’s equal pay clash will cost the city ‘hundreds of millions’

29.10.18: Resolving the equal pay dispute at Glasgow City Council will cost the city “hundreds of millions of pounds,” the council’s SNP leader has admitted. Susan Aitken has warned that “justice comes with a price,” tha...

Equal pay protest sees 8,000 Glasgow council workers strike for two days

23.10.18: Glasgow council workers have staged one of the UK’s biggest strikes in a 48-hour protest against unequal pay for women, with hundreds of schools shutting down and home care services affected. An estimated 8,000 protesters have taken t...

New disqualification rules for people guilty of serious crimes serving in councils

22.10.18: Rules preventing people found guilty of serious crimes from serving on local councils will be strengthened after a public consultation, the government has announced. Local government minister Rishi Sunak announced the changes to rules that...

‘Forward-thinking’ Camden Council boss to retire after seven years of ‘unprecedented challenge’

04.10.18: The leader of Camden Council has paid tribute to the outgoing chief executive for leading the local authority through times of unprecedented budget cuts. CEO Mike Cooke, who has been at the Town Hall for 14 years and at the helm for half th...

‘Insufficient financial controls’ enabled fraudster contractor to steal £2m from council

28.09.18: A report into the conviction for fraud of a contractor of Barnet Council has revealed how the authority failed to prevent a £2m theft case. There were “insufficient financial controls” in place and not enough oversight to...

Councillor charged by police over indecent social media posts

26.09.18: Councillor Richard Alderman has been charged by police for allegedly posting “offensive” and “obscene” messages on social media. The 72-year-old, who was elected into Rutland County Council earlier this year, has bee...

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Local government has been ‘gutted’ according to UN’s report on UK poverty

20/11/2018Local government has been ‘gutted’ according to UN’s report on UK poverty

A United Nations report looking at poverty in the UK has identified cuts to local government as one of the many causes of poverty across the coun... more >
MPs slam government for ‘lack of leadership’ in cyber security

20/11/2018MPs slam government for ‘lack of leadership’ in cyber security

MPs on the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy have slammed the government for “the absence of political leadership” in... more >
Trafford names new CEO after Grant swaps northern council for Northamptonshire

20/11/2018Trafford names new CEO after Grant swaps northern council for Northamptonshire

The chief executive role at Trafford Council, which had been left vacant after former boss Theresa Grant stepped down in July when the Labour Par... 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... read more >

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The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the o... more > more last word articles >
‘Once-in-a-generation’ £600m devolution deal for North of Tyne

02/11/2018‘Once-in-a-generation’ £600m devolution deal for North of Tyne

Ministers have signed a £600m devolution deal for the North of Tyne in a “once-in-a-generation” transferring of devolved power and investment to a new combined authority. T... more >
Local authorities given set dates for financial settlements

25/10/2018Local authorities given set dates for financial settlements

The date that councils will receive their local government finance settlement for 2019-20 has been announced as 6 December. This follows the announcement by the Ministry of Housing, Communit... more >

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PFI is gone, but the need for private money will not disappear

19/11/2018PFI is gone, but the need for private money will not disappear

Alan Bermingham, policy manager at CIPFA, analyses the government’s decision to abolish future use of PFI/PF2 funding arrangements. Many people were caught by surprise when the chancellor announced PFI/PF2 contacts will not be used for future projects, effectively abolishing a funding model first introduced in 1992. It is unde... more >
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The digital buying community is live

12/11/2018The digital buying community is live

Many of the requirements from buyers posted on the Digital Marketplace were either non-compliant or poorly worded, which resulted in challenges f... more >
A force to be reckoned with

12/11/2018A force to be reckoned with

The South Bank plan, which refers to a number of investments and proposed activities across a massive plot of land south of the River Aire, is on... more >
Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

12/11/2018Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

As councils across England struggle with their finances in the face of massive cuts from central government, Simon Edwards, director of the Count... more >
A two-speed England

05/11/2018A two-speed England

Central government needs to change its approach to local transport planning and investment, including by consolidating funding and maximising dev... more >

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New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

05/11/2018New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing tha... more >
Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... more >
Cllr Cutts on dealing with children’s services pressures: ‘I can’t magic money out of the air’

26/09/2018Cllr Cutts on dealing with children’s services pressures: ‘I can’t magic money out of the air’

The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has outlined her priorities for dealing with soaring demand of children’s services and social ... more >
Nottinghamshire considers unitary shake-up proposals in a bid to balance books

05/09/2018Nottinghamshire considers unitary shake-up proposals in a bid to balance books

Nottinghamshire County Council is considering proposals to scrap its current two-tier structure for a new unitary system in order to save on... more >

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