Cheshire West and Chester scoops top council accolade

Cheshire West and Chester scoops top council accolade

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.


News

Lords to investigate devolution of public finances

Lords to investigate devolution of public finances

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.

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Opinion

What being commercial means

Lords to investigate devolution of public finances

Local government could be more commercial but what does that mean, asks director of resources at Newcastle City Council, Tony Kirkham.

Pastures new

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.

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Best Practice

Hertfordshire’s bumpy ride

Hertfordshire’s bumpy ride

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.

Analysis

Myths that will hinder devolution

Myths that will hinder devolution

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

Private sector

Shropshire counts savings as services company begins to profit

A company set up by Shropshire CC to run a number of services is set to make a profit this year, according to the council leader.

Atkins boss hails Northern ‘spirit’

The Northern Powerhouse project is helping to create a ‘real spirit of continued investment’ in infrastructure, according to the UK boss of international engineering firm Atkins.

Keir waste deal ends for Bristol

Bristol City Council has announced it is moving waste services to a new local authority-owned company after agreeing to end its contract with Kier by mutual consent.