Future Forum North

Catch up with all our coverage from our 24-hour seminar looking at the latest devolution developments in the Northern Powerhouse and the impact of the Spending Review.


EXCLUSIVE: Danny Alexander welcomes 'new age of municipal responsibility'

EXCLUSIVE: Danny Alexander welcomes 'new age of municipal responsibility'

Former chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has welcomed the ushering in of a ‘new age of municipal responsibility’.

Devolution could 'distract' from public sector reform

Devolution could distract local government from pushing ahead with public sector reform, a council chief executive has warned.

Call for devolution rivalry to end

Newcastle City Council’s chief executive has admitted there had been competition over devolution agreements but has now called on regions to work together to get the best from the process.

EXCLUSIVE: Sector's lucky escape on business rates

The sector scored a lucky escape in yesterday’s Spending Review after several Treasury threats failed to materialise, Local Government Association (LGA) boss Mark Lloyd has revealed.

IFS: Most deprived councils face biggest hit under grant reduction

Leading finance experts have warned councils in more deprived areas could get hit significantly harder by reductions in central government grants.

Spending Review heralds ‘new world’ of council finance

Council leaders have called for ‘fundamental reform’ of funding after the Spending Review launched a ‘new world’ of local government finance.

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Where the funding falls

EXCLUSIVE: Danny Alexander welcomes 'new age of municipal responsibility'

Former LGA chair Sir Merrick Cockell casts his expert eye over the Spending Review and explains how local government has fared

Keep your eyes peeled

With councils under unrelenting pressure to remain transparent, Paul Wheeler looks at other public organisations that could learn from local government

Where are the tools?

Cllr Nick Forbes urges the Government to use devolution to help usher in a new era of regulatory control

Did you make the cut?

Paul O'Brien asks how long it will take the public to feel the impact of local government funding cuts

Spending Review reveals the future – it’s local

Heather Jameson examines the fine print of the Spending Review to discover the real impact on local government

Capital concerns from the Spending Review

Richard Brown examines how the Spending Review will impact on London boroughs

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Best Practice

Here’s to fine margins

Here’s to fine margins

Local government can learn a few lessons from Maidstone BC’s bold attempts at income generation, says Dan Peters


Deals of the century?

Deals of the century?

George Osborne used his Spending Review to beat the drum for the ‘devolution revolution’ sweeping the country. But are the most recent deals as good as they sound? Sam Clayden investigates whether to believe the hype

Private sector

Authorities’ outsourcing deals ‘treble since May’

The value of local government outsourcing contracts being signed has trebled since the General Election in May, according to a new research.

Social care – where do we go from here?

Social care is a top concern for chief executives as a recent ‘snapshot’ survey revealed. In the run-up to the Spending Review, The MJ and Zurich Municipal hosted a round table discussion to look at the challenges of – and solutions to – the social [..]

Council fights to keep waste contract details confidential

Gloucestershire CC has warned a ruling forcing it to publish details of a £500m incinerator contract could have ‘serious implications’ for other councils.