Cheshire West and Chester Council was last night named as winner of The MJ’s Best Achieving Council category in a glittering awards ceremony attended by 900 guests.
A House of Lords committee has launched a new inquiry into the devolution of public finances across the UK.
Minister slams LGA cuts warning
A minister has disputed claims by the Local Government Association (LGA) that councils are facing £3.3bn in funding cuts as ‘unsubstantiated and premature’.
Oxfordshire CC chief to stand down
Oxfordshire CC has announced its chief executive will be stepping down in September to allow the local authority to ‘carry out a review of senior management arrangements’.
Hodge named as LGA Tory group leader
Surrey CC leader Cllr David Hodge has been named as the new Conservative Group leader at the Local Government Association.
Mayor looks ahead as chief post advertised
Tower Hamlets LBC’s new mayor has told The MJ he wants the commissioners gone ‘sooner rather than later’ as he looks for a chief executive.
Chief executive's cycling expenses hit brakes
Cambridgeshire CC chief executive Mark Lloyd has decided not to claim back his cycling expenses in recognition of the council’s ‘financial restraints,’ it has emerged.
Local government could be more commercial but what does that mean, asks director of resources at Newcastle City Council, Tony Kirkham.
Outgoing Hertfordshire CC deputy chief executive Sarah Pickup relates her experiences and achievements with the county, and looks forward to her new role as deputy chief executive at the LGA.
Councils lack skills and confidence on housing
Councils could be the key to unlocking the house building potential in local areas but we are not there yet, says policy researcher at LGiU, Andrew Walker.
Panels need to raise their game
Publishing the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s latest report, Lord Bew argues that police and crime panels need to raise their game and play a more strategic role in scrutinising their police and crime commissioners (PCCs).
Massive failures sit alongside the shining successes
The sun always shines in June – whatever the weather – with the annual advent of The MJ Awards, writes Heather Jameson.
Mayors are not the only game in town
Michael Burton argues the Government should scrap its backing for mayors and give the power back to councils and the media.
Jim McManus explains how Hertfordshire CC is tackling the issue of smoking in pregnancy by using behavioural insights and local intelligence to shape a new social marketing campaign.
Councils currently operate in a climate which ties their hands, but the constraints imposed here do not apply in many European countries, writes Cllr Graham Chapman