• Level up, bounce back - wise up

    19 May 2020

    Our recovery will be even slower, more difficult and unequal if it depends on waiting for Whitehall to formulate a plan from the centre, argues director of IPPR North Sarah Longlands.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Lincoln and Stevenage latest to make Section 114 warning

    15 May 2020

    Lincoln City Council and Stevenage BC have become the latest local authorities to warn ministers they may soon have to consider issuing a Section 114 notice.

  • Putting local resilience under the spotlight

    05 May 2020

    Views are mixed on how local resilience forums have performed during the COVID-19 emergency. Have austerity, Brexit planning and central Government’s original command and control approach taken their toll? Dan Peters reports.

  • Welsh care workers to receive £500 bonus

    01 May 2020

    All care workers in Wales will receive a £500 payment in recognition of their work during the COVID-19 pandemic, Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

  • Let’s make the argument now for the world we want to live in

    06 April 2020

    Will the impact of coronavirus mean more state investment or 10 more years of austerity to pay for the Government’s interventions, asks Dr Jonathan Carr-West.

  • ‘We must speak truth to power’

    01 April 2020

    HR directors gathered for a Penna/The MJ round table to discuss a service with an ‘identity crisis’ – and whether they can drive disruption and transformation at pace and scale. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Pulling together to help those in need

    25 March 2020

    Jacqui Gedman tells Dan Peters that Kirkless MBC is up to the challenge of COVID-19, but it is ‘much bigger than the council – it’s a real community effort’.

  • Scottish ministers hit out at UK austerity

    09 March 2020

    Scottish ministers have blamed UK austerity measures for the financial difficulties facing councils north of the border.

  • ‘Just be kind’

    04 March 2020

    While local government has been distracted by austerity, what has happened to diversity? The MJ, Penna and North West Employers asked HR professionals where they were on equality. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Addressing health inequalities is in the sector’s hands

    25 February 2020

    The Marmot review shows a stalling in life expectancy. Heather Jameson says the figures are 'a shaming indictment of a country that is moving backwards, failing in the very basic ambition of making each generation's life better than the last'.

  • ‘Things will not get better: We need radical action’

    12 February 2020

    Neil McInroy argues that a crisis in children’s and adults’ services calls for ‘a new spirit of action which challenges economic and political power’.

  • Ministers urged to embrace ambitious devolution agenda

    10 February 2020

    The UK’s biggest cities have urged ministers to embrace an ambitious devolution agenda and not ‘merely level up’ powers across the country. 

  • Our unsustainable finance system needs a reboot

    05 February 2020

    Heather Jameson says the finance system is increasingly unsustainable and local government has no confidence in the Government’s plans to resolve it or to tackle the issue of funding adult social care.

  • Row over SNP funding of councils

    23 January 2020

    Local government is ‘treated far better in Scotland than it is elsewhere in the UK,’ the Scottish National Party (SNP) has insisted.

  • Let's put investment into our school buildings

    15 January 2020

    Schools capital allocations have been skewed by political priorities, says Gary Fielding As a result, North Yorkshire CC 'find ourselves with swathes of the country having insufficient places to meet demand and/or poor building conditions'.

  • Councils still shine after a decade of austerity

    09 January 2020

    CIPFA's new resilence data tool is a 'dataset, not a crystal ball', says Heather Jameson. It shows that despite a decade of cuts, councils have weathered the storm. Wouldn't it be great to see how well they could do when the sun shines, she adds.

  • First and foremost we need clarity on finance

    18 December 2019

    Getting ‘Brexit Done’ should open up an oven-ready settlement for local government to implement real change, says chief executive of  APSE Paul O’Brien.

  • Minister warns austerity is not over

    16 December 2019

    Welsh local government minister, Julie James, warned that austerity is not over as she announced the finance settlement.

  • Future Forum North: Call for towns and cities to make peace

    06 December 2019

    The driving force behind the Greater Manchester devolution deal has urged towns and cities to make peace.

  • The public want to see clear improvements across neighbourhood services

    05 December 2019

    Paul O'Brien says the public will be fairly unforgiving if, having raised their expectations on public spending during the election campaign, they don't start to see evidence of this happening locally..