EXCLUSIVE: Whitehall-backed leadership drive latest austerity casualty
A ‘powerful’ new leadership offer for local government backed by No 10 is the latest casualty of shifting Whitehall priorities, The MJ can reveal.
Brexit gives regions a real chance to bridge the prosperity gap
Brexit should be seen as an opportunity to usher in serious change and prosperity to the regions, writes Dr Laurence Ferry - and the industrial strategy could be a key driver if local government is given the tools and necessary accountability.
The journey is just beginning
In the wake of the recent raft of national policy announcements, Mike Emmerich says it is time for the sector to take firm action and make sure this pivotal moment isn’t lost
Gearing up cities for the uncertainty ahead
Local leaders can still help prepare their places for the uncertainty ahead by investing to improve skills and infrastructure in their areas, writes Alexandra Jones.
Kerslake’s review backs the move to clipping the Treasury’s wings
Michael Burton looks at Lord Kerslake's review into the Treasury.
‘Replace our £350m EU transitional fund,’ MPs are told
Local government leaders in Cornwall have told MPs £350m of EU funding earmarked for the area must be replaced.
Cities had better get geared up to lead the UK’s export drive
In a few years the UK will be in a very different business environment, and cities need to be prepared for it, writes Michael Burton.
Keeping the devolution dream alive
People are starting to ask whether devolution is dead, writes Bob Neill, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Fiscal clouds threaten to bring a further decade of austerity
Austerity will continue well into the next decade irrespective of any negative impact of Brexit, the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) predicted today.
Public sector needs clarity on Brexit, says CIPFA
Public services need rapid clarity on Brexit so they can plan for the future, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy chief executive Rob Whiteman has claimed.
Northern leaders call for May to reconsider Brexit 'snub'
Prime minister Theresa May has been urged to visit the north of England for Brexit talks as leaders claimed she was neglecting the region.
Assessing the state of the state
Jo Miller says local government must avoid the 'I'm alright Jack' attitude if we are going to realise a Britain that works for everyone with no one left behind.
Time to look at different devolution models
Unfair funding anomalies will continue to grow unless there is a stepped change, writes Pete Moore.
Brexit ‘must work for councils’
Prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit negotiations must secure beneficial access to the European Union’s key markets or local authorities could suffer, experts have warned.
Breaking through the turmoil
Cllr Paul Watson calls for the necessary levers needed to encourage inclusive growth and social cohesion.
Value of council contracts falls after Brexit
The value of contract awards in local government fell following the Brexit vote – despite a surge in public tenders across other sectors, new figures have revealed.
Keeping a grip in a post-Brexit world
As children’s services embark on another year in which nothing is certain, Nick Whitfield offers a few constants – from the joys of Eurovision to the constant need to cope with change.
Surrey CC needs a masterful campaign
Surrey CC's decision to hold a council tax referendum was a bold move, but will the odds are stacked against the authority, writes Ben Page.
Vital decisions are shunted into the next Parliament
Public finances have found themselves some breathing space in the fallout of the EU referendum, but Michael Burton warns this will only push difficult decisions into the next Parliament.
Javid: Attendance allowance will not be part of rates reforms
Attendance allowance will not be devolved to local government as part of 100% business rate retention, the communities secretary has announced.