Letting the poppies bloom
Heather Jameson says the Conservative conference has put levelling up and skills front and centre, but voters may be looking for a short-term fix.
Johnson vows to ‘get care done’
The Prime Minister delivered a speech peppered with quips but short on announcements at the Conservative Party Conference.
ADASS 'perplexed' at social care plans
Adult social care experts have said they have been left ‘perplexed and concerned’ after last week’s announcement by the Prime Minister.
PM spells out health and care rescue plan
Boris Johnson’s plan to rescue health and social care will include an increased focus on prevention, workforce reform, and a white paper on integration later this year – but may not be enough to ‘fix’ the care system.
Just when you thought it was safe
The first multi-year public finance settlement for many years might not answer every question, but could clear the decks for what lies beyond the deep blue sea of the next General Election, says Jonathan Werran.
Districts call for 'equal footing' on devo deals
District leaders have written to the Prime Minister, asking for their councils to be put ‘on an equal footing’ to county and unitaries when it comes to devolution.
Is Boris in a jam on devo?
Boris Johnson’s levelling up speech was designed to kick-start devolution, quash the critics and calm the blue wall. Heather Jameson asks, did it succeed?
Levelling up is 'meaningless' without devo, say Lords
The Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda is meaningless without more devolution to councils and investment in local public services says a report from the House of Lords.
PM announces policies to support levelling up agenda
The Prime Minister has announced 57 local areas will share £830m to transform high streets as part of the Government's levelling up plans.
I have a dream (about local government)
Greater powers, more devolution and a fundamental review of local finances have been promised to local government by the Prime Minister himself. John Tizard outlines the wide-ranging policy pledges featured in his recent dream.
May elections to go ahead as chiefs call for indemnity
Local elections will go ahead on 6 May despite the ongoing pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ruled.
PM wants councils to ‘lead the fight’ on vaccinations
The Prime Minister has promised councils will receive data on the COVID-19 vaccination programme in their areas within days.
Devo is a 'stepping stone to localism', PM tells Scots Tories
Devolution should be a stepping stone to passing power down to local communities and businesses, Boris Johnson has told Scottish Conservatives.
Jenrick defends PM amid devo 'disaster' claim
Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has defended the Prime Minister’s claim that devolution in Scotland has been a ‘disaster’.
Councils have the local support to do what they must
As local government works hard to revive local economic activity and resume normality, there is strong support from its communities for it to do whatever it takes, according to Ben Page.
Dame Louise Casey to get peerage
Dame Louise Casey has been nominated to sit in the House of Lords as a crossbench peer in the latest list released today.
PM announces new powers for local lockdown
Councils will get new powers to shut down premises in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus as we head towards the next phase of the pandemic, the Prime Minister has announced.
Care chiefs reject Boris' COVID claims
Care chiefs have rejected claims by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that it was their lack of vigilance that led to a high number of coronavirus deaths in care homes.
Boris sets off on the COVID comeback trail
Boris Johnson’s speech in Dudley was ‘a mastery of political tub-thumpery’, says Heather Jameson. ‘But beyond the soundbites, much of the PM’s speech was a rehash of manifesto commitments and pre-announced cash.'
Starmer challenges PM over council funding
Prime minister Boris Johnson was forced to deny he has been slow to act on council funding during a Parliamentary clash with Labour leader Keir Starmer yesterday.