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Katy Bourne will not take over East Sussex fire service

Sussex’s Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has decided to drop plans to take control of fire and rescue services in East Sussex. Last year the Government set out its intention to allow PCCs to take over fire services w...

Local authority run-companies 'should avoid too many council board members'

Local authority-run companies should avoid having too many council members on executive boards to ensure commercial success, CIPFA’s annual conference was told. The advice on governance was issued today by Mike Britch, chief executive of N...

Shared vision for quality social care is essential for all, says NHS Providers

NHS Providers have welcomed news revealed today that the CQC will join with over 100 people, organisations and national bodies involved with social care to mark a renewed effort to improve the sector. In a report called ‘Qua...

CIPFA highlights signs of councils’ financial stress

CIPFA has called on local government to be alert for five warning signs of financial stress and has set out how it can build resilience into plans and operations. Its survey of English local authority chief financial officers’ confide...

Council could save £110m through transfer of parks to trust

Plans to transfer the responsibility of parks and green spaces to a charitable trust in Newcastle would save the council £110m over a 125-year lease agreement. A new report into the proposal has revealed that the trust would need &pou...