• Devolution is dead: Long live devolution

    19 September 2017

    Rumours of the death of devolution have been greatly exaggerated, it would seem, if the secretary of state is to be believed.

  • We must revisit the role of local government

    13 September 2017

    With the political landscape in flux and mayors pushing the boundaries of their original remit, now is the time to remake the case for a constitutional settlement, argues Dr Jonathan Carr-West.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Sir Vince backs more council borrowing powers

    13 September 2017

    Ahead of his first Liberal Democrat conference as party leader, Sir Vince Cable tells Michael Burton why local government should play a key role in rebuilding the country’s infrastructure.

  • IFS study casts doubt over backing for 100% business rate retention

    13 September 2017

    Senior councillors and directors have expressed scepticism that 100% business rates retention will bring benefits, according to analysis from the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

  • Deal of the decade

    06 September 2017

    Diary can only admire the plucky Lib Dems who appear to be remaining [geddit?] upbeat despite the return of two-party politics to Westminster.

  • White Man Van on ... the Government

    06 September 2017

    The Government has turned into a load of Del Boys flogging tat off their market stalls.

  • Brum leader faces down pressure to quit

    05 September 2017

    Birmingham City Council’s leader was battling for his political survival this week as he faced down calls for him to quit over the long-running bin dispute.

  • MPs back social care system overhaul

    31 August 2017

    A poll of 100 English MPs has found just one in 10 believe the current social care system is suitable for the UK’s ageing population.

  • Birmingham’s leader on the horns of a dilemma

    30 August 2017

    The dispute over Birmingham's bin strike has pushed John Clancy into an alley with one union cutting off one escape route and another union blocking the other. Michael Burton says the leader is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.

  • Finance concerns grow in wake of Grenfell

    18 August 2017

    Council finance directors are growing increasingly concerned about the impact of the Grenfell Tower fire on their budgets.

  • White Van Man on . . . the summer holidays

    26 July 2017

    So ministers have cleared off for their long summer holidays and good riddance to them.

  • PODCAST: People, passion and progress

    19 July 2017

    In the latest Public Intelligence/The MJ leadership podcast Baroness Scott explains how Wiltshire CC has moved from an old-fashioned ethos to a modern business. Heather Jameson reports.

  • The true voice of the councillor

    19 July 2017

    Rachel Wall and Colin Copus summarise the findings of a large-scale study of the challenges and ever-evolving tasks facing councillors today.rachel

  • Men dominate top roles at authorities

    19 July 2017

    Female chief executives are outnumbered two to one even though women make up 78% of the local government workforce in England, new research has revealed.

  • Let’s remember this sector’s true value

    19 July 2017

    Heather Jameson assesses the progress Jim McMahon is making as the former Oldham leader takes on the twin challenges of finance and devolution in local government.

  • All change at Birmingham

    19 July 2017

    Heather Jameson talks to Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy and interim chief executive Stella Manzie about the massive changes within the authority and the city as a whole.

  • Basildon boss to step down after 13 years

    17 July 2017

    Basildon BC’s long-serving chief executive is to step down from the role ahead of a management restructure.

  • CIPFA: Institute to toughen prudential code

    12 July 2017

    The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has pledged to 'toughen' the prudential code amid claims councils are 'betting billions' on property purchases.

  • Delegates upbeat despite central-local deep freeze

    12 July 2017

    Michael Burton casts a personal view on the major highlights of last week’s LGA conference

  • Tough talking

    12 July 2017

    Last week’s LGA conference will be remembered in part for an extraordinary speech from Sajid Javid heavily criticising the sector – Heather Jameson looks at the fallout from the communities secretary’s address