• Councillors given devolution warning

    20 September 2018

    The slow pace of the Government’s devolution agenda is having unintended consequences, senior councillors have been told.

  • Local politicians breaking through

    19 September 2018

    The pending party conference season is likely to be a savage one, with a summer of simmering discontent in the major parties and an anger among the Lib Dems about their disappearance from political debate. Northern Ireland is regressing to the politics of past hatreds. Even the normal hegemonic SNP is not immune, with major ructions between past and present leaders. Expect some angry scenes on the conference floor.

  • Unions in Brexit funding plea

    11 September 2018

    Councils should not bear the financial burden of registering 120,000 children who qualify for UK citizenship after Brexit, Britain’s trade union movement has warned.

  • Burnham: Devolution is our best hope

    06 September 2018

    Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has argued that devolution ‘offers the best hope of making Brexit work for the regions and uniting our uncertain nation’.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Councils knocked back over settled status costs

    04 September 2018

    Councils are unlikely to receive much financial help to cope with millions of people applying for settled status after the UK leaves the EU, The MJ understands.

  • Combined authority chief to leave

    30 August 2018

    The chief executive of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority has announced his departure after just over a year.

  • Council first to use new legal powers to demand Brexit clarity

    29 August 2018

    The leader of Plymouth City Council is hoping to force the Government to reveal the impact Brexit will have using new legal powers.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Crunch time for municipal bonds

    23 August 2018

    The struggling Municipal Bonds Agency has pleaded for councils to ‘pull behind us’ amid warnings it could run out of money before issuing a bond.

  • Ending free movement would have 'devastating consequences'

    22 August 2018

    Ending freedom of movement after Brexit would have devastating consequences for elderly and disabled people, a think-tank has warned.

  • Unison to step up pressure against outsourcing

    20 August 2018

    The country’s biggest public sector trade union is to step up pressure on outsourcing as it plans for the impact of Brexit.

  • LGA in no deal Brexit warning

    17 August 2018

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has added to Whitehall’s Brexit headache as it today warned of wide-ranging implications of failing to secure an EU deal.

  • Whitehall attempts to reassure councils on Brexit

    07 August 2018

    Whitehall has insisted it is working to help councils prepare for a hard Brexit despite claims some authorities have been left to fend for themselves.

  • LEPs in Whitehall engagement warning

    07 August 2018

    Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have privately warned Whitehall departments they must improve their engagement if they are to deliver a post-Brexit boost to the UK, The MJ has learnt.

  • Is it a hard rock or soft mint Brexit?

    06 August 2018

    Like everyone, Diary can sometimes find Brexit a little confusing at times.

  • Localis calls for 'big bang' devolution approach

    06 August 2018

    Think-tank Localis has called for a ‘big bang approach’ to recast the relationship between Whitehall and councils.

  • LGA in Brexit uncertainty warning

    01 August 2018

    The uncertainty surrounding the potential practical implications of Brexit is becoming of increasing concern to councils as March 2019 draws ever closer, a Local Government Association (LGA) report has warned.

  • LEPs face race against time

    01 August 2018

    Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) face a race against time to reconfigure and register as legal entities, amid a threat from ministers to withhold growth fund cash.

  • Any port in a storm?

    01 August 2018

    As the risk of a ‘no deal’ crash-out of Europe intensifies, councils want Westminster to clarify plans to ease pressures on Britain’s port towns and stabilise local finances. Mark Conrad reports.

  • Councils warn of no deal Brexit risks

    24 July 2018

    A no deal Brexit would leave councils struggling with new checks on EU imports and without access to billions of pounds, Smith Square has warned.

  • Ministers to 'review local government taxation'

    20 July 2018

    Senior ministers have told the sector they are in favour of looking at local government taxation, The MJ understands.