Feb 14, 2020
Jenrick to remain at helm of Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government but McVey departs as Housing Minister
Robert Jenrick has stayed as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government following yesterday's Cabinet reshuffle, but Esther McVey has lost her position as Housing Minister.
Feb 13, 2020
Watchdog calls on ministers to check local authority borrowing framework is fit for purpose amid commercial property investment concerns
Local authority investment in commercial property has called the soundness of the prudential borrowing framework into question and raised concerns about how far the Government can rely on it to support value-for-money decisions.
Feb 10, 2020
Standards watchdog calls for guidance on governance and coherent regulatory framework for those in public sector using AI
The government needs to identify and embed authoritative ethical principles and issue accessible guidance on AI governance to those using it in the public sector, the Committee on Standards in Public Life has said.
Feb 06, 2020
Former Flintshire County Council leader Aaron Shotton has been suspended from office by a tribunal.
Feb 05, 2020
Root and branch reform of electoral system “needed more urgently than ever”, say electoral administrators
The fragility of the electoral system is more apparent than ever, the expectations of citizens are not being met and the resilience of the electoral community to deliver is being tested, the Association of Electoral Administrators (AEA) has warned in a report on the December 2019 general election.
Feb 05, 2020
One in ten councils (12%) say they are in danger of being unable to fulfil statutory duties this year and one in seven (14%) say they anticipate an increase in judicial challenges to the level of service provision, the LGiU MJ State of Local Government Finance Survey 2020 has found.
Jan 27, 2020
Bristol City Council will introduce two ‘citizens’ assemblies’ pilot schemes within the year in an effort to increase the involvement of citizens in the council’s decision-making process.
Jan 23, 2020
Spending watchdog publishes final draft of new Code of Audit Practice ahead of expected implementation in April
The National Audit Office has this week published the final draft of the new Code of Audit Practice, which sets out what local auditors of relevant local public bodies including councils, police, fire and NHS bodies are required to do to fulfil their statutory responsibilities under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.
Jan 23, 2020
Northampton is to set up England’s largest town council ahead of local government reorganisation in the county.
Jan 17, 2020
The Local Government Ombudsman has issued a rare further report stating their recommendations were not implemented by Medway Council and the correct process to disagree with the recommendations was not followed.