Drive to check council readiness for Brexit
The Department for Education (DfE) is attempting to gain a better understanding of school sector and council readiness just weeks before the Government’s Brexit deadline.
Minister handed Brexit cash demand in Portsmouth
Portsmouth has demanded more funds to cover Brexit costs during a ministerial visit.
Research reveals councils' top Brexit risks
The economic repercussions of Brexit dominate the risks foreseen by councils, according to new research.
Government remains open to non-mayoral devo deals
The Government remains open to striking devolution deals without the requirement for a directly-elected mayor, The MJ understands.
Liverpool warns of 'perilous financial situation'
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has warned the council’s ‘perilous financial situation’ means it faces the ‘worst crisis since the Second World War’.
Carter hits out at customs points suggestions
Kent CC’s leader has hit out at suggestions customs points for lorries leaving Channel ports following a no-deal Brexit may be predominately in his county.
EXCLUSIVE: Department 'ready' to help councils through Brexit
Robert Jenrick has told The MJ his department ‘stands ready’ to guide councils through Brexit amid a review of the sector’s readiness for no-deal.
Is this a sustainable first step away from austerity?
Andrew Burns says the Spending Round sent a strong positive signal, but short- and medium-term questions remain over funding – and the macroeconomic climate does little to put services back on a sustainable long-term path.
Local leadership has never been so important
Beyond preparing for the immediate fall out from a no deal Brexit should it happen, Lord Kerslake believes local government will need to play a key role in uniting the country again following one of the most divisive periods in its history.
Three thoughts on Brexit
Claire Kober offers three thoughts on Brexit - and says that as fantasy politics grips Westminster and Whitehall, it’s time for local government to do what it does best: delivering ambitious solutions to everyday challenges.
Preventing the EU’s workforce exodus
What could the implications of a no-deal Brexit - if it happens - be for the already beleaguered adult social care system? Ann McGauran talks to Julie Ogley, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, about the key risks.
Not just about the money
Manchester City Council’s senior management team talks to Heather Jameson about its focus on working across silos to improve the life chances of all residents.
EXCLUSIVE: Government warned resilience forums could be stretched
Local resilience forums (LRFs) would be stretched if Brexit forced them into 24/7 operations over an extended period, the Government has been warned in a report leaked to The MJ.
Brexit guidance 'inadequate'
Guidance provided by the Government in relation to the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit on children’s services and education is ‘inadequate,’ a think-tank has claimed.
Elderly people 'could die' in the event of a no-deal Brexit
A no-deal Brexit, if it happens, could result in the deaths of elderly people, according to the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Lib Dem group leader.
Give districts certainty on funding
As the spending round looms, Kathy O’ Leary says districts now need the Government to deliver financial reassurance.
Brexit planning: putting people first
For Bristol, the risks of Brexit run in to ‘several millions of pounds’, explains the Mayor Marvin Rees. While he says the city is being proactive, he calls on the government to take a number of steps to help.
Dawes to help DExEU with Brexit
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) permanent secretary, Melanie Dawes, has been drafted in to help at the Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU).
Brexit exposes need for more investment in waste infrastructure
The need for investment in waste infrastructure has been thrown into sharp focus by the prospect of a no-deal Brexit.
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh demand for place-based budgets
A fresh demand for place-based budgets has been made by the co-chair of an independent panel that first made the call five years ago.